Started in 2001, Rose Youth Foundation (RYF) is an initiative of Rose Community Foundation that engages Jewish high school students in collaborative grantmaking. The program is youth-led, empowering teens to use the tools of strategic philanthropy to make a difference. The members of RYF work together to discuss what it means to give in a Jewish way, explore community issues, determine a funding priority, meet with nonprofit leaders and ultimately determine how to grant $60,000 to improve their community.

The 2021-2022 member application process is currently closed. If you are interested in learning more about the program or being notified of the 2022-2023 member application process and timeline, please contact Gillian Breuer at gbreuer@rcfdenver.org.

2020-2021 GRANTMAKING

In an effort to mitigate the impacts of school closures, inconsistent access to technology and other COVID-related disruptions, the 2020-21 RYF cohort granted $60,000 to two nonprofit organizations and one school district in Metro Denver working to advance equitable outcomes for elementary-aged students.

The grant recipients all advance programs aimed at removing barriers to learning and supporting innovative solutions that keep young students and their families on-track for life-long success.

  • Glowmundo received $10,000 to strengthen social and emotional learning for 4th and 5th grade students at Peoria Elementary, as well as equity training for staff and teachers to develop culturally responsive instruction practices and equitable school policies.
  • The “I Have a Dream Foundation” of Boulder County received $10,000 to support four cohorts of elementary-aged Dreamer Scholars, with the goal of empowering children from underserved communities to meet their goals and succeed.
  • Westminster Public Schools received $40,000 to support a reading summer camp for elementary-aged students to help them maintain or exceed their reading grade level over the summer break.

Donations and Endowment

Help us ensure that future generations of young Jewish adults have the opportunity to serve as community leaders by supporting the Rose Youth Foundation endowment. To date, we have raised more than half of our $2 million goal.