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.
Becoming a Member
Rose Community Foundation seeks a diverse group of Jewish and interfaith-Jewish high school students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade who want to make a difference in our community by learning about philanthropy and becoming teen grantmakers.
We are looking for teens who are both not involved Jewishly and those who are; those who are involved in community service and those who are not; those who are athletes and those who are mathletes. All applicants should reside within the Greater Denver community of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties, identify as Jewish, and be enrolled in high school. Siblings will not be accepted to serve as members of Rose Youth Foundation concurrently.
Selected members of Rose Youth Foundation will meet for eight meetings over six months beginning in October 2021 and ending in March 2022. Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Selected members must attend two mandatory meetings, all regularly rescheduled meetings with one pre-approved absence, participate in two site visits with nonprofits, complete all research and reading, and contribute meaningful to group process. We encourage all teens who are interested in applying to review the meeting schedule and participation requirement prior to submitting their application to ensure they are able to fully commit to the program.
Each year, more teens apply to participate in Rose Youth Foundation than we are able to accept. As a result, the Foundation is not able to accept all of the qualified and interested students who apply.
Students should submit their written application by Monday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m. You will be prompted to create a login and password if you choose to save and return to your application later. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions by September 1. If parents or students have any questions about applying or the program, please contact Gillian Breuer.
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.