“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

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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 2020-2021 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!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for Denver-area YouthBoards have been extended to December 4, 2020. Meetings will occur weekly between January and May 2021. Please use the form below to apply for Denver-area YouthBoards.

We also partner with community foundations in Boulder, CO; Pueblo, CO; and Sioux Falls, SD to bring YouthRoots to teens in these areas.

YouthCharge: Applications for the new virtual program are open! The program consists of 19 hour-long weekly sessions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis!

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

Join a YouthBoard (Denver-Metro)


Know a high school student who is passionate about making a difference and/or loves to help others? Nominate them for YouthRoots! They will receive an email that someone in the community thinks they’re a good fit for YouthRoots. It’s completely confidential.

Nominate a Student