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Our Program

45 high school students, 3 YouthBoards, 7 months, Tens of thousands 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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Panel of Youth Experts - By Brook

In our last Board meetings we met with experts in our community based off of our needs assessment.  We were introduced to three experts on the South Board including, a DPS special needs teacher, a counselor at a womens shelter, and a representative from a colorado health foundation.  The research we did for our needs assessment only covered a small fraction of the information these experts shared with us.... Read on...

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Mountain Retreat - by Molly

A few weeks ago, we went on our YouthRoots retreat in the mountains, and it was one of the best weekends of my year so far. We spent the weekend learning about working on teams, thinking about the needs facing our communities, seeing what we’ll be doing for the rest of the year, and getting to know each other...

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Meet the newest addition to the YouthRoots team!

Hi everyone!  My name is Chisana White and I am a graduate student at the University of Denver in the Social Work program.  I'm so excited to be joining the Youth Roots team! Click to read more...

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Inspiration

Every year, Denver's most passionate high school students come together to learn how to make a difference in the world. YouthRoots is a leadership development program that uses the philanthropic process as our experiential classroom to teach students how to change the world and give back to their community. Check out this video that summarizes the 2013/2014 program year!

15 Students Changing the World!.

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Help your Community THRIVE

Are you a connector? Are you passionate about helping your community thrive? Do you love helping people find meaningful and rewarding opportunities? Become a Community Liaison and be a partner in teaching students how to change the world!

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Here's How to Join

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