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The Four-Step Formula

Jane Goodall visits the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, California. Harmony Gerber—Getty Images

Roots & Shoots has a mission. It is to help young people make change in their communities. The group’s guide to doing this is called the Four-Step Formula. It helps young activists identify and complete service projects. Read a summary of each step below.

1. Get Engaged

Read stories about other kids who are making a difference. Think about what leadership skills you have.

2. Observe

Map your community. Who lives there? What does your community need? What can you do to help?

3. Take Action

Create goals and make a plan to reach them. Find people or groups who can help with your project.

4. Celebrate

Track your project’s success. Share the results with your community. Celebrate the impact you made!