My name is Aser Albachew. I am a senior at Rangeview High school. I care about drug use/addiction and how it is affecting the youth.

Hello! My name is Lolita Angelcheva and I am a junior in High School. I am extremely passionate the overall discrimination of different groups in America. Something that I wish people knew about me is that I have dealt with a lot of issues with immigration, which actually stem to my interest in my cause.

I’m Ella Barrett, and I am a student, performer and an activist. The environment within schools and combating racism, sexism and bullying is important to me.

I’m an avid dog lover and believe myself to be an open-minded and (hopefully) funny individual who cares deeply about mental health issues.

I’m a student who enjoys reading and art. I’m an activist for movements like BLM and the LGBT community, and I want to help make a difference.

I’m Kristabelle Dutton and the issue I care about most is supporting students in poverty. I’m also a third-degree blackbelt in taekwondo.

Hi! My name is Sara, and I’m a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School. I’m the oldest sister to two younger brothers as first generation Ethiopian-Americans. Getting rid of the death penalty in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement is important to me. My planner is always right besides me as I’m ready to make change in an organized manner!

Hi! My name is Yeabsera Fitsum and I’m a junior at Rangeview High school. I’m very passionate about social justice and equality in the American justice system especially for people of color.

My name is Halena Gebreselassie. I am an Ethiopian-American young woman born and raised in Colorado. The number 1 issue that I care about is giving all people equal rights and opportunity. I really like helping those in need and making people smile.

I’m Eyana Geda, an 11th grader in Aurora. I care the most about people receiving the basic human rights they deserve, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, class, etc. The arts and mental health are also important issues to me. I hope people know about my love for the arts, and how they have shaped me as a person and how i view the world.

Advocating for more schools to help students with mental health problems. Schools are continuously putting students under pressure that is cause them unnecessary amounts of stress.

I’m Kevin Jenkins and I’m really into pop culture, mostly stuff like Star Wars or Marvel. I’m a chill guy, someone you can vibe with. An important issue I care about is mental health, because I’ve been in a bad state before. I’m someone you can talk to, and I’ll just listen and help the best I can.

As a high school student, my focus is working hard and getting my assignments in on time, while making sure to have a balance with my social life, especially during Covid-19. I care about equality throughout the world, whether it be with gender, sexuality, or color of skin. I wish people knew I work hard and I’m not just naturally gifted.

I care about resolving gun control. I wish people knew about my artistic skills when it comes to drawing and music.

Ana Simon is a student at Grandview High School who is involved in AP, Lacrosse, and various other clubs and activities. One of her favorite activities is working at Food Bank of the Rockies. She aspires to live a holistic lifestyle, be a doctor, and serve the world in any way she can.

Hi! I am Avishi and I’m a sophomore at Cherokee Trail. I am really passionate about equality and acceptance of everyone, as well as removing stigmas and starting conversations about sensitive topics like mental health. I love reading & music.

Hi, I’m Kenny. The #1 issue I care about is promoting environmental sustainability. Something to know about me is that I have a pet bird!

I care deeply about my community and I feel proud to be a part of such an incredible organization that focuses on the betterment of the community. The #1 issue that I care about involves the welfare of people and animals. I wish people knew about my capacity for empathy and the potential that I have to make a change.

I am Indiya Warner, a young advocate located in Aurora. The main issue I care about is equality, no matter your race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc. One thing I wish people knew about me is that I love to write stories.

Hi! My name is Selihom and I am passionate about equity in healthcare, which is why I want to pursue a career in healthcare policy. I wish people knew how much I LOVE Marvel movies!

The 2021 cohort has selected their needs and is currently fundraising for the issues. Read about them below!

2020-2021 Impact

The School to Prison Pipeline

Intersections of Global Warming and Racism

Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health


Khesed Wellness

The Second Wind Fund

Download the full report here.

YouthRootsAurora, CO