YouthCharge Program

Change the world from anywhere.

YouthCharge is a program where groups of 8-12 students from anywhere virtually tackle an issue they care about. 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.

12 students tackling community issues from home

OUR PROCESS

Throughout all our programs, we use a unique 3-step philanthropic process to teach teens the skills to make an impact. Each YouthCharge board is a mini foundation working to tackle the biggest needs in their communities.

3 STEP PHILANTHROPIC PROCESS

We kick off the year by diving deep into the most pressing issues facing youth in your local communities under a shared interest area (e.g. mental health, education, or equity). 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.

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 ages 14-21* to make community impact from the comfort and safety of their homes:

  • It is entirely virtual. Boards can have members from anywhere around the globe.
  • It is entirely youth-led. Each YouthCharge board will be independently driven by participants, with support from YouthRoots staff as needed.
  • It is entirely experiential. Every meeting has a tangible outcome, and participants gain real-world leadership and change-making skills as they progress through the program. In just 19 weeks, they will make a real, lasting impact on their communities and gain skills needed to succeed in today’s world.

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

Check out the work of the current YouthCharge boards here!

How to Apply

If you’re interested in applying for the YouthCharge program, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.* Boards will launch when we have enough interest in a particular issue area. The program runs weekly (1-hour sessions) for 19 weeks. Schedules will depend on group availability.

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

Apply Today!

Educators: If you’re interested in using YouthCharge at your school for virtual learning or as part of a leadership curriculum, please contact the Program Manager at erin@youthroots.org. You can also read more about the program here.

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