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Teen Funders Seeking Grant Proposals

For the 11th year, Rose Youth Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation, will grant a total of $60,000 to organizations serving Greater Denver and Boulder. This year, Rose Youth Foundation has established four funding priorities. The group is seeking proposals and will award $48,000 for two of these priorities in support of programs that:

  1. Inspire Jewish teenagers to engage in and continue to be involved in Jewish life
  2. Support refugees in adapting to life in Greater Denver and Boulder and becoming self-sufficient

The deadline to submit a grant proposal addressing one of these priorities is Monday, February 27, 2012 at noon.

The group will also identify and award $12,000 to organizations that support homeless individuals and individuals with special needs in becoming self-sufficient, demonstrating the Jewish teaching that the highest level of tzedakah (justice) is to aid someone in becoming self-sufficient. Rose Youth Foundation will not accept proposals but will make grants directly to specific organizations addressing these priorities.

In its Request for Proposals to potential grantees, Rose Youth Foundation states,

We, the 23 members of Rose Youth Foundation, encompass the entire spectrum of Jewish faith and we believe that we have a responsibility to practice tikkun olam, the Jewish ideal of repairing the world, by working to improve our community.”

Rose Youth Foundation has met twice a month since November 2011 to learn about philanthropy, Jewish traditions and values related to giving, and to determine funding priorities. For more information about Rose Youth Foundation’s 2012 funding priorities and instructions for how to apply, visit rcfdenver.org/RYF, or contact Sarah Indyk at 303.398.7416.

About Rose Youth Foundation

Rose Youth Foundation is a grantmaking initiative of Rose Community Foundation. It is a youth-directed group of Jewish 10th- through 12th-graders from Greater Denver and Boulder who work together to make a difference by learning about philanthropy and Jewish giving, and by making grants. A list of 2011-2012 members follows. 

Rose Youth Foundation 2011-2012 Members

NAME                                                SCHOOL                                            GRADE

Jared Alswang*                      Cherry Creek High Schol                    10

Brianne Andersen*                 Jefferson County Open School           11

Noa Baumgarten                     Kent Denver                                       11

Margo Brown                          Colorado Academy                             11

Peri Cirbo*                              East High School                                12

Elizabeth Dansky*                  Kent Denver                                       12

Max Frey*                               Cherry Creek High Schol                    11

Sara Goldstein*                      D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School  11

Eitan Grinsteiner                     Grandview High School                     11

Daniel Halpern*                      Fairview High School                         12

Jordan Kastrinsky*                 Cherry Creek High Schol                    12

Simon Kaufman*                    Denver Jewish Day School                 12

Blake Oberfeld*                     Cherry Creek High Schol                    11

Sam Payne                              Heritage High School                         11

Yoni Rabinovich                     Denver Academy of Torah                 10

Somer Reznick                        Kent Denver                                       11

Rachel Rockford                     Colorado Academy                             11

Josh Rubin                              Kent Denver                                       10

Lior Schinagel                         Denver Jewish Day School                 11

Lauren Schusterman               Fairview High School                         11

Olivia Solow-Niederman        Cherry Creek High Schol                    10

Jamie Spitz                              Cherry Creek High Schol                    11

Cale Wagner                           East High School                                10


*Indicates returning members

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