Changing the World

YouthRoots is a teen philanthropy program for high school students with a passion to make a difference in their communities. We provide a robust leadership curriculum with a real world experiential learning program where students complete the philanthropic process. At YouthRoots, we take youth empowerment to the next level. But hey, don’t take our word for it:

  • “I love that everything is real: real pitches, real businesses, real grants and real change. It's not just a class or a simulation.”

    YouthRoots Participant

World Changers


Raised and Granted


Program Hours


Youth Served

Our Program

We use a unique 3-step philanthropic process to teach teens the skills to make an impact

We kick off the year by diving deep into the most pressing issues facing children and youth in our local communities. You’ll get to interact with a Panel of Experts with decades of experience in changing the world and make the final decisions about what issues your group will focus on. Past issues include poverty, education, and mental health.

Next you’ll get to expose the community to the work your team is doing by meeting with professional movers and shakers and putting on creative fundraising events. You’ll learn the essentials of giving a meaningful Fundraising Pitch and start bringing in the big bucks by meeting with professionals in the community who are looking to contribute to the most pressing issues. You’ll be an expert in these needs!

This is where all the hard work pays off! You will decide as a team which nonprofits are doing the best at meeting the community needs and give away 100% of the funding raised to these organization. You will help provide much needed services to at-risk youth who may otherwise not receive them. This program helps you develop leadership skills while changing the world!

  • One of the biggest things I got out of YouthRoots is to have a greater appreciation of the community I am part and strive to give back to the community that has given me so much.

    McKenna K
  • Through lessons in philanthropy, leadership, business organization, and teamwork we were given the skills to change the world as we had always wanted to.

  • I learned things at 15 that people don’t learn in their life.

  • You can talk about changing the world or you can go do it.


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1127 Sherman St Suite #100 \\ Denver, CO \\ 80203