we are youth roots

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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Nominate a High School Student for YouthRoots!

Do you know a passionate high school student? Do they want to change the world and give back to their community? Then nominate them for the 2015-2016 YouthBoard! 

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The Power of Passion (By Janaye)

From early on, we're asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" When we're young, it's easy. Think of the biggest, coolest job in the world: a superhero, a king or queen, an astronaut. But as we grow up, our view of the world changes, and the answer to this question changes right along with it. We start to enjoy some things more than others; we start to understand our strengths and passions.
But what is passion? I've found that most people don't really understand it. People are capable of living a successful, even fulfilling life without ever exploring their passions. I'm convinced that it's not by choice; they may not be aware of the truth and power of a passion.
So, again: What is passion?
Some will tell you it's doing what you love. Others, it's an indescribable feeling of being "in the flow," as if there's a fire within you that just can't be extinguished. And still others say it's about going after your dreams and not letting anything stop you. None of these are wrong. In fact, I think they're all 100% true. I've learned that passion is not something that needs to be defined. It is one of the few things that doesn't need words--it needs actions. The easiest, most effective manner to show others what you are passionate about is through your actions.
And that is how I define YouthRoots: showing passion through actions. (Click to read more!)
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YouthRoots: Leaving Long-lasting Impressions (By Emma)

I joined YouthRoots unaware of the kind of program that I was entering--of course I knew that it is an organization which allows teens to make a change, but sometimes that line seems too good to be true. The idea of teens having the power to make real, impactful change, is practically unheard of--many people even doubt the ability of teenagers to hold the high level of integrity necessary to carry out responsibilities, such as ones which encompass YouthRoots. But what I found, soon after entering the program was exactly the opposite--an environment which truly empowered youth to make a difference. 

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Join us

Here's How to Join

Register to apply for a 2015-2016 YouthBoard! 

Due April 10 by 5pm

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?! 

As a member of YouthRoots, you will:

- Use philanthropy to tackle issues you care about
- Impact your community in meaningful ways
- Learn and practice skills that will empower you to be a strong leader today and tomorrow
- Be on a team with other awesome high school students from different schools
- Program is completely free and counts for 80 hours of community service
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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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we're looking for you

Members of YouthRoots have some things in common. They're ambitious. They're creative and innovative. They're leaders. They want to make big dreams come to life. And at the core, they're motivated to make vast improvements in their world and community. Sound like you?

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