The Commitment

Rose Youth Foundation is an eight-month program, beginning in September each year. Members are accepted to serve a two-year term, provided they meet the program participation requirements.

Participation Requirements

  • Attend all three Retreats: Opening Retreat, Site Visit Prep Retreat, Funding Decisions Retreat
  • Attend Orientation and all regular Sunday meetings (two pre-excused absences permitted)
  • Participate in at least two site visit meetings with potential grantee organizations in March and April
  • Participate fully in grant proposal review and prepare for meetings with research and reading
  • Contribute meaningfully throughout the program

How Do I Apply?

Applicants complete a written application. We ask that you use details and examples in responding to the application questions. The selection committee wants to hear your voice and to get to know the “real you” to the greatest extent possible in a written application. Each year, applications open in May and the deadline is in June.

The 2017-2018 application period is now closed. Contact Initiatives Manager, Emily Kornhauser at 303.398.7417 or ekornhauser@rcfdenver.org to be put on a list to receive next year’s applications.

Member Selection

Each year, approximately three times as many teens apply to participate in Rose Youth Foundation as there are spaces available in the program. As a result, we are not able to accept all of the qualified and interested students who apply.

The selection committee, made up of alumni, staff and members of the Foundation’s Jewish Life Committee, strives to create a balanced group each year with representation from many different schools, a relatively equal number of male and female students and balance among students from different grades. Members are selected primarily for their demographic, personal and Jewish diversity. An applicant’s perspective and their ability to significantly benefit from and/or contribute to the group process, as reflected in their application, is also a significant factor in selection decisions.

Siblings will not be accepted to serve as members of Rose Youth Foundation concurrently.

All applications are reviewed in a “blind” format, meaning any identifying information is eliminated for the review process and the selection committee does not know the identities of the students whose applications they are reviewing.