OUR STORY

Mission

Unleashing the power of youth to change the world.

Why we exist

We remember being teenagers. We remember having lofty goals, faith in humanity, and little fear of failure. But we also remember people who told us our big ideas wouldn’t work.

YouthRoots believes it’s up to today’s teens to solve tomorrow’s problems. We catalyze this natural energy and passion of youth by providing a holistic leadership curriculum that uses the philanthropic process to teach youth how to communicate, make decisions, foster their passions, and align their strengths. We develop thriving young adults and authentic leaders.

YouthBoard members set the goals. They do the work. We give them the support they need. As one participant stated, “I love that everything is real: real pitches, real businesses, real grants and real change. It’s not just a class or simulation.”

YouthRoots graduates embrace the world with the confidence, tools, and optimism to make their dreams a reality.

Background

Founded in 2010 by Lacey Books, YouthRoots has gained esteem and recognition as our impact has grown. We’ve expanded from serving 15 students a year in Denver, Colorado to 150 students across three states. In addition to our front-range YouthBoards that are direct programming of YouthRoots, we serve additional communities though partnerships with community foundations in Boulder, CO, Summit County, CO, and Sioux Falls, SD.

YouthRoots participants have increased the funding pool for community nonprofits by raising and granting over $188,000. Additionally, participants develop tangible skills to bring their big ideas to life and improve their communities.

Awards

  • Top Nonprofit (Finalist) – CoBiz Magazine, 2019
  • Innovator – Community First Foundation’s Innovators Society, 2018
  • Outstanding Foundation – CO National Philanthropy Day, 2017
  • Outstanding NonProfit – Governor’s Service Awards, 2014
  • Best New Charity (Finalist) – Stay Classy Awards, 2010

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