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Our Program

15 high school students, 1 YouthBoard, 7 months, 1000's of lives changed.

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Our story

At YouthRoots, it's about helping our communities. It's about making sweeping local change. But behind the scenes, it's about teaching a group of teenagers to fish.

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our mission

Using philanthropy as a vehicle, YouthRoots engages high school students in personal development, community partnerships and innovative ventures to foster leadership, integrity and social action, therefore cultivating a network of thriving adults who envision a better future and realize their full human potential.

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The Grant Review Process (by Emily)

Hello everybody! My name is Emily Zislis, and I am a sophomore at Cherry Creek High School. This is my first year in YouthRoots, and already I feel that I have learned so much about myself, my passions, and how I can take on a bigger leadership role in my community. During the course of this year with my peers on the YouthBoard, I experienced many unique opportunities I would never have in school...

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Julia's Toolbox

We are all maintenance workers trying to patch up the leaks and holes in the world. We search the lands and seas for a new problem that we think we can solve, but in reality, we stick some duct tape on it and call it quits. In a few months or years, the duct tape gradually peels away, revealing an even bigger problem that no maintenance worker could dream of fixing. But we at YouthRoots, we can fix that irreparable problem that nobody could before.

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Lorena's Flash During an Interview

“So, how has YouthRoots helped you?” “How has it not?!” A brief interview with YouthRoots intern, Aaron Earley, has left me speechless. How can you explain such an amazing organization with such little time? YouthRoots has been such an amazing experience for me.

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Nominate a High School Student for YouthRoots!

Do you know a driven and passionate high school student? Do they want to change the world and give back to their community? Then nominate them for the 2014-2015 YouthBoard! 

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Here's How to Join

Register to apply for a 2014-2015 YouthBoard! 

Due April 13th

We are a youth-led leadership development program aimed to teach and empower high school students to change the world! No, but really, we teach you how to change the world. I'm not joking. :) Plus, you complete a mini-MBA type program! What's better than changing the world while bettering yourself?! 

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Be a facilitator for the new YouthBoards!

YouthRoots is a youth leadership development nonprofit that teaches high school students how to change the world
through the experiential classroom of philanthropy. Each YouthBoard is composed of fifteen students who are
empowered to impact their community in innovative and meaningful ways. The team learns about leadership,
assesses the needs of their community, and then raises funds for and makes grants to nonprofit organizations that
address those needs.  YouthRoots participants make a huge impact on their community today while learning the
skills to enact positive change in our world tomorrow.

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