Rose Youth Foundation
How would you use $60,000 and your Jewish values to make our community better?
Each year, Jewish teens from throughout Greater Denver and Boulder answer this question together as grantmakers for Rose Youth Foundation.
Rose Youth Foundation is a diverse group of 23 Jewish students in grades 10 through 12 who want to use their Jewish values and the tools of strategic philanthropy to make a real difference in our community.
Rose Youth Foundation is a youth-led program. The members of Rose Youth Foundation identify community issues, set funding priorities and meet with nonprofit organizations in order to determine how they can use grantmaking as a tool to create positive change.
In 2001, Rose Community Foundation created Rose Youth Foundation in order to:
- Empower Jewish youth with the tools and resources to solve problems in their communities through the practice of strategic philanthropy
- Provide youth the opportunity to explore Jewish teachings and traditions in the context of contemporary issues and community service
- Broaden and deepen participants’ connections to Judaism and to one another and create connections across the denominational spectrum of Judaism
Rose Community Foundation accepts applications from teens interested in joining Rose Youth Foundation. In order to apply, teens must be in grades 10 through 12, reside in Greater Denver or Boulder and identify as Jewish. We value diversity and we seek teens who are 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. We encourage Jewish and Jewish-interfaith youth to apply.
Each year, more teens apply to participate in Rose Youth Foundation than we are able to accept. Applications are reviewed blind by a selection committee of Rose Youth Foundation alumni, Rose Community Foundation staff and lay leaders. Contact Ben Finan, collaborative giving coordinator, if you have questions about the application process.
View this year's members.
Rose Youth Foundation is an eight-month program, beginning each year in September. Members are expected to attend all meetings and retreats, contribute meaningfully to the entire Rose Youth Foundation process, participate in site visits to meet with prospective grantee organizations and spend time researching and reviewing grant proposals outside of meetings.
All members who are not graduating from high school and who meet the participation requirements will be invited to participate in Rose Youth Foundation for a second year. Teens who begin Rose Youth Foundation as students in grade 12 will serve for only one year.
Each year, Rose Youth Foundation members work together to explore Jewish traditions of giving, identify needs in our community and make grants totaling $60,000 to help address those needs.
For 2015-2016, Rose Youth Foundation sought programs or projects which address issues related to teen pregnancy. Within this field, they have identified two areas of focus: preventing teen pregnancy and supporting pregnant and parenting teens in completing their high school education. The Rose Youth Foundation 2015-2016 Request for Proposals (PDF) is provided for reference only.
Learn more about our recent grants.
In 2011, Rose Community Foundation began a campaign to endow Rose Youth Foundation, making a commitment to continue this program year after year. The ultimate goal is to raise $2 million dollars. To date, more than $1 million has been raised thanks to generous support from Rose Youth Foundation alumni, their families, individual donors and foundations.
Rose Community Foundation believes that youth are not only tomorrow’s community leaders, they are also today’s. An endowment for Rose Youth Foundation will mean that future generations of young Jewish people will have the chance to serve their community as youth grantmakers and that our community will continue to benefit from their leadership and perspective.
By participating in the Rose Youth Foundation endowment campaign, you are investing in the power and promise of youth while also helping others in the community through their grantmaking. A gift to this fund helps ensure that this program will continue forever. A $500,000 leadership gift from Rose Community Foundation will cover Rose Youth Foundation’s ongoing operating costs, guaranteeing that your contribution will support the annual grants made by the teens.
If you are interested in supporting Rose Youth Foundation's endowment, visit Rose Community Foundation's online donation page (In the "Please direct my gift to" field, choose Rose Youth Foundation Endowment.) or contact Ben Finan at 303.398.7417 or .
Rose Youth Foundation’s Report to the Community
2001-2011: Ten Years of Impact
In 2011, Rose Youth Foundation completed its 10th year of Jewish youth engagement through grantmaking. In an effort to better understand the program’s impact on youth participants, grantees and on Rose Community Foundation itself, we contracted with an evaluator to conduct a ten-year longitudinal evaluation of Rose Youth Foundation.
We learned that alumni from Rose Youth Foundation’s first decade continue to feel deeply connected to Judaism and have continued their involvement in Jewish life. We learned that alumni believe that they can create real change in their communities, and that they are still using the collaboration and leadership skills they had learned in the program. Rose Youth Foundation alumni volunteer at high rates and continue to serve their communities as leaders.