My name is Isabelle Cetta. I’m 16 years old, I have an older brother who is 21 years old – he is a very big support system for me. I am a very outgoing person and love trying new experiences that take me out of my comfort zone. I also enjoy playing volleyball and I’ve played it my whole life and I’ve learned many lessons that I use in my every day life. I enjoy taking photos and being able to capture a moment and being able to look back on that moment.

Hi! My name is Aarushi Gupta and I am a rising senior at St. Mary’s Academy! I love fighting for social change, playing field hockey, and doing anything that gets my adrenaline pumping. I am so excited to be able to have the opportunity of being on YouthRoots this year!

I am currently a freshman going into 10th grade at a the STEM school. I personally enjoy working with hardware, such as building computer towers or raspberry pi’s. I like to mess around with my friends and do little things to help my parents and

I’m Olivia Myers and I’m a senior at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. I love sing and play basketball in my free time and also volunteer with homeless shelters with the club I created at my school. I work at a non-profit children’s choir called the Colorado Children’s Chorale where I help teach younger kids to sing and read music as well as organize paperwork for the conductors. My main goal for the near future is to help others in need by providing them with the resources they need.

I enjoy meeting new people, I am athletic and have played volleyball for years. I am eager to start college and continue my education in Nutrition or Sports Medicine.

My name is Finley Pool, I am a junior at Rock Canyon High School and an avid equestrian. I’m originally from South Africa and lived in Holland for 5 years before moving to the US thus prompting a love for travel. I hope to one day study Political Science.

My name is Marissa Segal. I am going into junior year of high school. I enjoy playing lacrosse both club and with my school. I also like sketching and photography. I like spending my time with my friends and family. I have a younger brother and a little dog.

My name is Paige Sowitch, and I will be a senior at Mullen High School. Some of my passions include golf, tennis, photography, and speaking German. I love to travel around the world and explore the beautiful state of Colorado with my family. When I am not doing any of these things, I enjoy volunteering throughout my community and helping those around me. I am super excited to be a part of YouthRoots this year!

My name is Sriya Surapaneni and I am going to be a junior in Rock Canyon High School next year. For the past 5 years, I have been a part of the Castle Pines Jr. Youth Group, and through that I volunteered at multiple organizations, including the Malala Foundation, Kits for Kids, Children’s Hospital, and Dumb Friends League. These experiences taught me how to interact with members in my community, and it cultivated my passion for service. YouthRoots will allow me to reinforce my desire to serve members of my community.

I am a sophomore at Rock Canyon high school. I enjoy singing and am in the select choir. I have played multiple sports including track, volleyball and cheerleading. I enjoyed the leadership training I got in Young RYLA. I am passionate about helping others get their thoughts and ideas heard. I love community service, as well as playing piano, running, climbing, dancing and traveling.

I am always striving to improve myself and the world around me. My interests are diverse, from fencing to poetry, band to debate, science to business, as I am eager to learn as much as I can. My goals in life are to help mitigate social ills, advocate for the less fortunate, and stop the spread of hate that plagues modern society. In the end, as Maya Angelou eloquently stated, “I would like to have been the rainbow to someone’s cloud.”

The 2020 cohort has selected their needs and granted away the funds that they raised. See their impact below.

2019-2020 Impact

Mental Health

Gun Violence

Sexual Health


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