we are youth roots

Our Program

3 states. 100's of students. 1000's of lives changed.

Empowering high school students to change the world through the experiential process of philanthropy. 

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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 YouthRoots Experience by Himanvi Kopuri

Since this summer, I was astonished by the knowledge I have gained through this wonderful organization called YouthRoots. This organization has definitely given me the roots and foundations to make a difference in the world. We have learned to understand people’s lenses and point of views, to assess the needs of our community, and to raise money for our community.

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Learning to Change the World by Maya Younoszai

Changing the world sounds like a lofty task, one that no person in their right mind would say that they could reasonably accomplish during their high school careers, most not even in their entire lives. This is the attitude I had until I joined YouthRoots. I figured that if I could do something in my life that felt like it was helping someone, that would be good enough. If I could major in something in college that at least had a positive impact on those around me then I was doing what was expected, maybe even more when compared to some. But I quickly learned that I was all wrong. (Click to read more!!!)

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Pictured: Wan Dee, Grace Moya-Ranallo, and mahout Jan, in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hooked by Grace Moya-Ranallo

This summer I had the opportunity of a lifetime- to visit Thailand and work with the amazing elephants and people. From the moment I stepped off the bus in Chiang Mai, Thailand and into the world, I was hooked. Hooked on the opportunities the world has to offer me. Hooked on the complete and utter immensity of the world I live in. Hooked on the kindness of the human spirit. Hooked on the ability to make a difference. (Click to Read More!)

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Year-End Celebration was a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who made it to the Year-End Celebration on May 12! Space Gallery was filled with close to 300 people celebrating the four Colorado YouthBoards who raised $24,000 for 11 nonprofits!!! The students led the entire program including check presentations, testimonies, and we even had an alumna from the first year come make a big ask. The power of youth philanthropy was evident that night.  

The event raised over $45,000 for YouthRoots to continue providing our life-changing leadership program to teen leaders!! Thank you all for coming and if you missed it, you are in luck because we get to do it again next spring!   

Thanks to our sponsors for making the event happen!


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Philly is home to one of the newest YouthRoots YouthBoards! To be launched in the fall of 2016! Applications are open and due June 3!

High school students in the Philly YouthBoard will learn what it takes to change their community and the world through a unique award-winning model that combines the philanthropic process (raising thousands of dollars and granting it to nonprofits that meet the most pressing issues in the community) and a robust leadership curriculum that intertwines throughout the year. 

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Want YouthRoots in YOUR Community??

YouthRoots is growing! Want all the benefits that YouthRoots offers for your community? Read more to learn about how the benefits of YouthRoots could improve your community! 

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Our oh-so-fancy Annual Report

Four YouthRoots students designed and created our annual report. They. Rock. Please enjoy reading it! And be sure to check out our awesome impact on page 7 and 8! 

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