The meetings are something to see. A group of students coming together after soccer games, homework, SAT’s and more. The coolest part for me is that there is a real focus on having the “Executive Committee” lead meetings, a group I have been a part of my last two years. We focus on issues relating to the youth of Denver and utilize our board’s personal experience and diversity as a tool in the process. What we end up accomplishing is atypical for such a student-led organization. A unified effort raising thousands of dollars going directly to the issues we have pinpointed in our immediate community. It’s not always the smoothest process, organizing the combined effort of over 30 kids, but that’s what makes it such a perfect experience for leadership.
YouthRoots raises a remarkable amount of donations every year, but the impact of learning how to help organize a large operation with a diverse group of kids and improve problems in my community are tools I have gained from the program.