My name is Rohan Adepu. I believe that climate change is a major issue and should be resolved quickly. I love engineering and computers.

I’m a student athlete who’s really into Ultimate and want to reconcile the differences between socio-economic classes.

I’m Lizzie Bair, and I’m a sophomore at ThunderRidge. The biggest issue I care about is erasing the stigma around asking for help with mental health. I am super passionate about American Sign language & want to work with the Deaf community someday.

My name is Hannah Bish and I am a sophomore at Rock Canyon who has a passion for helping others and bringing real change to my community.

I am Sabine Erikson, & I’m a sophomore at Rock Canyon High School. I am involved in my school’s student council & Key Club. One matter that I would like to help with is the increasing homelessness & poverty in major US cities. COVID has increased poverty & homelessness majorly, & I would like to help people by going into impoverished neighborhoods & handing out food or helping out food banks in our area. Something that I wish more people knew about me is how authentic I try to be. I truly believe that everyone deserves to be helped & I want to make a difference in our world & my community.

I am Monita Giriyapura. I care about our community and making it a good place. I wish people knew that I am someone they can come and talk to about anything.

My name is Caley Kadlecek, the issue I’m most concerned with is the highly overlooked segregation of POC. Something most people don’t know about me is that I enjoy hiking.

I’m a 10th grader at Mountain Vista High School. I like to build apps and create model rockets. I also like to swim with my club and high school team. The number one issue for me is education. It is important for me that people have the ability to seek education. Part of that inspired me to start a Coding Club at my school.

My #1 issue is for my community to be more environmentally conscious. I have a passion for music and I like pugs.

Hi, I’m Cam Lewis! I’m a Junior at ThunderRidge High School! My #1 issue is rights for those with mental health issues! I love soccer!

My name is Clara Lynch and I am a sophomore at Mountain Vista. The number one issue that I care about is fighting for equal rights and helping everyone feel like they belong.

Hi! I’m Jordyn Neiman, and I am currently a freshman at ThunderRidge High School. I love to play guitar, ice skate, and hang out with my family and friends. I enjoy helping others by volunteering in my community. An issue I am interested in is helping the homeless gain the resources necessary to have the best future possible. I also believe in supporting animals in need. Since animals cannot talk, they are often underrepresented, so it is important to help save animals from unhealthy or dangerous situations. I am so excited to be a part of YouthRoots this year!

I’m a freshman at Rock Canyon this year, and I’ve lived in Canada for most of my life. I heavily support any civil rights issue but especially any that contain violence or discrimination against minorities/oppressed groups. I wish people knew that there’s always more than meets the eye with me.

Hi! I’m Arianna Sanchez! I’m passionate about equal rights and opportunities for all races, genders, and sexualities. A fun fact about me is that I play for the Costa Rican Women’s National soccer team, allowing for me to gain experience within different countries and from other nationalities.

My name is Sanjana Sankholkar, and I’m 15 years old. I love to sing, play piano, do karate, and cross stitch. The #1 issue I care about is making sure everyone has equal access to resources. I can’t wait to be a part of Youth Roots!

I am Monal Sharma and a sophomore at SkyView Academy. My #1 issue is about kids in our community and helping them feel good about themselves. Something I wish people knew about is that I am an introverted person but love helping people out.

I’m Samruddhi Tak and I’m Indian. I love learning about the world and the people in it. I think that our environment is incredibly important and we need to take care of it, before it’s too late.

Hi, my name is Emma Woody. My #1 issues is civil rights and equality for all. I think that everyone should feel comfortable and safe wherever they are no matter what. I hope to spread this message with writing multiple books in the future as well as currently writing a book about race.

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

2020- 2021 Impact



Equity for Youth with Disabilities


Hide in Plain Sight

Movement 5280

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