My name is Lina Belaissaoui and I’m fourteen years old and attend Grandview High School. I care a lot about racial equality and I wish people knew my passion for travel.

Howdy! I’m India, and I’m a junior who cares about food insecurity. I also love the cold and snow!

I am currently a high school student about to go to college in less than a year, but the thing is that there is always something I’ve wanted to do before I graduate and that is to help my community in some way even if it’s a small act. I have been told my whole life that little actions create big changes, it could also be like a butterfly effect. I would love to get involved with my community and I believe that joining YouthRoots is a great opportunity.

Hi, my name is Aidan and I am a senior at East High School. I have three dogs, and the number one issue I care about is climate change.

I am a junior at Englewood High School, I enjoy learning new things, reading, and debating. I find it the upmost important to consider the education that our youth receives and how it impacts us. I wish people knew that I was very hardworking and willing to make change in the parts of society that needs it.

I am a Freshman at George Washington High School and I enjoy playing soccer and competing on the Speech and Debate Team. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and spending time with friends, family and my Bernedoodle, Lola. I’m passionate about spreading awareness about physical health and mental wellness. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to contribute and make my community stronger.

Hi! My name is Ella Fritzsche and I am a sophomore at Englewood High School. I am passionate about and dedicated to bettering my community in any way possible. In my free time I play competitive roller derby, and have done so since I was eight years old. I also enjoy team sports such as volleyball and lacrosse.

My name’s Kira, and I’m a junior in high school. I care about immigration reform and improving youth participation in politics. One thing that I wish people knew about me is that I taught myself how to knit in quarantine!

My name is Medhaa Lakshman. I am a 17-year-old writer who wants to tell her stories to the world and create a safe space for her readers. Though I care about many things, the #1 issue I care about would be destroying racism (subtle, blunt, or systematic) in our world. I wish people knew that, despite my weirdness, I really like to make new friends.

I love college football, concerts, and traveling. The issue I care the about the most is mental health. Something I wish people to know about me is I am a very determined person.

My name is Victoria and I care about issues such as immigration, Global Public Health, Environmental and Corporate Sustainability, Human Rights and Access to Justice.

My name is Graceann, I’m so excited to see what I can do to help my community and share about how big of an impact the little things we do have on the world. I’m active in my school’s student government, orchestra, and I’ve been an Irish dancer for most of my life. I’m very passionate about giving kids equal opportunities.

Hi! my name is Sharon, I am junior at Grandview High School. The #1 Issue that I care about, is the issues regarding the inequities towards the education for Women of color in my community. In particular, utilizing our community resources to uplift Women in STEM. Something I wish people knew about me is that I love to dance!

I am passionate about mental health and making a difference, especially in women’s issues. People should know I love musicals and hiking.

Hello! My name is Grant, I am most passionate about environmental justice and I really like skiing.

My name is Sarah Woody and I’m a junior at St. Mary’s Academy. I am beyond excited to be a part of Youth Roots and help make a difference in my community. I’m passionate about spreading awareness about mental health issues. I love to be there for my friends, family, and community!

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

2019-2020 Impact

Mental health and suicide

Sexual violence and abuse



Hide in Plain Sight

Khesed Wellness

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

Download the full report here.

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