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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

Change the World

If you’re a high school student who is passionate about making the world a better place, apply below to be a YouthBoard member for the 2021-2022 school year. Your grades and your clubs don’t matter for this application: the only requirement for YouthRoots is wanting to make a difference. YouthRoots counts for 60 hours of community service, and you get to meet new friends and make a real difference in your community!

The program will begin the first week of October, 2021. Please note that we are hoping for a fully in-person program year, but due to COVID-19, the program may be virtual. Applications for the YouthBoard Program are due by September 26, and programming will begin the week of October 4, 2021. Use the form below to apply for a Denver area YouthBoard.

We also partner with community organizations in Boulder, CO; Pueblo, CO; Yellow Springs, OH; Sioux Falls, SD; and Cortez, CO to bring YouthRoots to teens in these areas.

  • Applications for the 15 Forever program in Boulder County, CO are now open! If you are a Boulder County high schooler, please click here for the 15 Forever application. The 15 Forever program will be entirely virtual for the 2021-2022 program year. Applications are due September 19.
  • Applications for the Youth Action Board in Yellow Springs, OH are open! If you’re a 7th-12th grader in Yellow Springs, please click here for the application. Applications are due September 19.
  • Applications for the Youth Advisory Council in Sioux Falls, SD are open! If you are a Sioux Falls high schooler, please click here for the Youth Advisory Council application. Applications are due September 26.
  • Applications for the Beacons program with Hemera Foundation (focusing of reflective and contemplative practices) in Denver are open! If you’re a high schooler in Denver and interested in contemplative practices, please click here for the application. Applications are due September 26.
  • Applications for the Youth Action Council in Pueblo, CO are closed. Check back in the spring for next year’s program!
  • If you’re interested in the Youth Leadership Council program in Cortez, CO, please contact erin@youthroots.org for more information.

YouthCharge: YouthRoots is not running a fall 2021 YouthCharge cohort, but applications are still accepted on a rolling basis. Please click here for the YouthCharge application.

If you’re a current participant and want to apply for second-year opportunities, please email Erin Button at erin@youthroots.org for a copy of the ExCom application.

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