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.more >>
When you’re in high school, you’re required to learn certain subjects in school: English, Math, History, Science, maybe a language. Philanthropy isn’t on that list. Before the beginning of this year, I didn’t think I would be exposed to philanthropy was for a long time. I knew what it was, but I’d always associated it with charitable millionaires, definitely not teenage kids. In the past year, I’ve learned that philanthropy is a) not exclusive to millionaires and b) that I can be involved in philanthropy even as a high school student. Of course, I’ve learned so much more than that as well. Learning about working with all different types of people, governance, trust, and how to fundraise are things I didn’t think I’d learn about until I was in college, or even after that. (Click to read more!)more >>
Time + Energy + YouthRoots = The Ability to Change the World
My Nana always told me that my time and energy are the most valuable things I can ever give in this world. That it is time and energy which keep the world moving forward and progressing. Time and energy are important. Time and energy are valuable.
Earlier on in life, I superficially recognized the power of time and energy. I saw it as a simple equation. Time + energy = positive outcome. I applied my time and energy into my schoolwork and sporting endeavors relentlessly.
Around April 2014 my friend Chaye, one of the most inspiring and kind-hearted people I’ve been lucky enough to meet, told me to apply for this thing called “YouthRoots”. Originally, I thought YouthRoots was some sort of evening church youth group. I never imagined YouthRoots to actually be a gateway and catalyst for dozens of teenagers to jumpstart their passions in philanthropy. Once Chaye clarified this to me, I applied immediately.
I’ve always volunteered in my life, whether that was helping at a community run, taking on a summer volunteering responsibility at a shelter, or helping at a hospital. Volunteering is fun and rewarding, but truthfully I never saw the benefits which my volunteering created. I didn’t see how my time and energy had been utilized for the better. As a result, even though I liked volunteering, I wasn’t passionate about it.
So here is where YouthRoots comes back into the picture. Like I said before, time and energy never meant much more to me than a comprehensive way to achieve what I aspire to. YouthRoots is what changed the meaning of time and energy for me. Truthfully, it was a paradigm shirt. For the first time in my life, I finally understand what the value of time and energy really means when it comes to keeping the world going. I have YouthRoots to thank for that.
YouthRoots has shown me that my time and energy alone can make a huge impact in my community though youth philanthropy. Time and energy alone have the ability to drive compassion, kindness, charity, and so much more. YouthRoots has enabled me to uncover the power of time and energy, and what the application of the two can create.
This year, I had met tons of awesome people my age with the same vision to change the world, and I have learned that even though I am “just a 17 year old girl”, I can be the change I wish to see in the world through utilizing my own time and energy.
Thank you YouthRoots—for empowering teenagers to change the world (literally).more >>
Throughout the course of YouthRoots, we develop leadership skills through different classes. One of the classes was based on decision making in a group, called Governance. In order to have an effective outcome in one's decision making, we need to develop a relationship and trust all through communication. Relationships are complicated therefore, trust is absolutely needed. Relationships also impact interactions due to influencing the decision making. (Click to read more!)more >>
If you think that personal development (or 'youth development' in the nonprofit sector lingo) and philanthropy have nothing to do with each other then you must read this. Even if you already know, you should still read this - I know you can't get enough of my blogs.more >>
Aaron was recently hired as our Administrative Assistant. Two years ago he was in the office as our intern from the DU Graduate School of Social Work. He is back as our awesome Admin Assistant and excited for the year to come! He will also be the facilitator for the North Denver YouthBoard. Welcom back to the office!more >>
The night brought laughter, tears, amazing food trucks and tons of fun! The Space Gallery was filled with 250 people celebrating the fact that three YouthBoards raised $22,000 for 14 nonprofits!!! The students led the entire program including check presentations, testimonies, and we even had an alumnus from the first two years come make a big ask! The power of youth philanthropy was evident that night and I encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date with our exciting growth and impact!
Also, we almost doubled our expected fundraising goal so it was a very successful night on that front as well! 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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