YouthCharge Program

12 students tackling community issues from home


YouthCharge is a new program that empowers youth (ages 14-21*) to change the world from their living rooms. The program is 100% youth-led and youth-directed. Participants will work collaboratively to complete a community needs assessment to determine the biggest issues facing youth, raise awareness and funding for those issues, and make grants to organizations they think best meet the needs of the community.

YouthCharge was designed for a virtual experience. A group of YouthRoots alumni helped build this hands-on program to keep participants engaged and connected to the community while practicing social distancing.

*Youth will be placed into groups based on age, when possible.


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 participants 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. Participants provide much-needed services to at-risk youth who may otherwise not receive them. This program helps develop leadership skills while changing the world!

How it works

YouthCharge is an exciting opportunity for youth to make community impact from the comfort and safety of their homes:

  • It is entirely virtual. Because of this, geography does not inhibit participation in the program. Boards can have members from anywhere around the globe.
  • It is entirely youth-led. While YouthRoots staff provide support and guidance as needed, each YouthCharge board will be independently driven by participants.
  • It is entirely experiential. Every meeting has a tangible outcome, and participants gain real-world skills as they progress through the program. They will learn how to run meetings, work with guest speakers, research and fundraise for issues they care about, and much more. They also receive additional learning resources for self growth and philanthropic leadership development. In just 19 weeks, they will make a real, lasting impact on their communities and gain skills needed to succeed in today’s world.

If you’re interested in applying for the YouthCharge program, applications are due August 23 for the next cycle*. There are 19 one-hour sessions that will occur weekly from September to February. Schedules will be based on participant availability.

Get your change-maker face on for this amazing new opportunity to make a difference right from your home!

*Please note that applicants should have access to a device and internet. Please contact the YouthRoots Program Manager at if you are interested in applying for YouthCharge but do not have access to these.

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