Did you know that students know the issues facing youth three years before adults? YouthRoots taps into the unique perspective, passion, and skillset that youth bring to the world by empowering them to become engaged citizens now.

20 high-school students tackling the community’s biggest issues


The YouthBoard program uses a unique 3-step philanthropic process intertwined with a robust leadership curriculum to teach teens the skills to make an impact.

Each YouthBoard is a mini foundation working to tackle the biggest needs in their community.

Our Process

We kick off the year by diving deep into the most pressing issues facing youth in our local communities. Participants interact with a Panel of Experts with decades of experience in changing the world and make the final decisions about what issues the group will focus on. Past issues include poverty, education, and mental health.

Next students get to expose the community to the work their team is doing by meeting with professional movers and shakers and putting on creative fundraising events. They learn the essentials of giving a meaningful Fundraising Pitch and start bringing in the big bucks by meeting with professionals in the community who are looking to contribute to the most pressing issues.

This is where all the hard work pays off! Teams decide which nonprofits are doing the best at meeting the community needs and give away 100% of the funding raised to these organizations. Students provide much-needed services to at-risk youth who may otherwise not receive them. This program helps develop leadership skills while changing the world!

The leadership curriculum embedded in this hands-on program teaches communication, analysis, critical thinking, and other 21st century skills.

YouthRoots offers various versions of the YouthBoard program, including:

  • Community Needs (general)
  • Equity
  • Mental Health
  • Customize around an umbrella issue of your choice

Student applications will open in the spring for the 2022-2023 program year.

“For any organizations that are looking for the best youth philanthropy curriculum out there, look no further than YouthRoots!”

– Center for Arab American Philanthropy

Ready to launch a YouthBoard and see the life-changing impact ripple through your own community? Contact us today to learn how easy it is!

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