“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

Apply as a student, nominate a student, or apply as a nonprofit for funds today!


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!

Applications for Denver-area YouthBoards are due April 10, 2020! Please use the form below to apply for Denver-area YouthBoards.

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

Applications for the 15 Forever program in Boulder County are now open! If you are a Boulder County resident, please click here for the 15 Forever application. 15 Forever applications are due April 30.

If you’re a current YouthRoots 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