Rose Youth Foundation

Rose Youth Foundation members at their opening retreat.Rose Youth Foundation members at their opening retreat.

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 24 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 seeks a diverse group of Jewish and interfaith-Jewish high school students in 10th through 12th grades who want to make a difference by learning about philanthropy and becoming teen grantmakers.

We are looking for 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.

View the 2017-2018 members.

The Commitment

Rose Youth Foundation is an eight-month program, beginning in September 2017. Our participation requirement is expected of all members. Those who are not graduating from high school in 2018 and who meet the participation requirements outlined below will be invited to participate for a second year.

Participation Requirements:

  • Attend all three mandatory Retreats (no absences permitted): September 24, March 11, April 22
  • Attend Orientation and all regular Sunday meetings (two pre-excused absences permitted).
  • Participate in at least two site visit meetings with potential grantee organizations (scheduled between March 19 and April 18, after school and during spring break).
  • Participate fully in grant proposal review and prepare for meetings with research and reading.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the RYF group process

The Meetings

2017-2018 Meeting Dates and Times

Most meetings will be held at Rose Community Foundation, 600 South Cherry Street, Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80246. With the exception of the Orientation meeting, Rose Youth Foundation meets on Sundays. All of the retreats are mandatory. 
*Denotes a mandatory retreat

  • Tuesday, September 19 from 6:15-7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, October 15 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 21 time and location TBD
  • Sunday, February 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
  • Sunday, May 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Thank you for your interest in Rose Youth Foundation. The 2017-2018 application period is now closed. If you are interested in applying to the 2018-2019 program, please email Emily Kornhauser.


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.

Rose Youth Foundation 2016- 2017 Request for Proposals (PDF) is currently closed, but is provided here for reference.

The group is seeking programs or projects that provide:

  • Sexual assault prevention and education programs, including but not limited to those focused on risk-reduction, changing social norms and promoting healthy relationships 
  • Treatment programs and services for victims of sexual assault, including but not limited to therapy and counseling

Learn more about our recent grants.

Donations and Endowment

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 Sarah Indyk at 303.398.7416 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.