Teen Funders Seeking Grant Proposals

$60,000 to be Awarded

For the 10th year in a row, Rose Youth Foundation will award grants to organizations in the seven-county Denver/Boulder community. In May 2011, Rose Youth Foundation will grant $60,000 to support:

  1. Services for homeless youth and an end to homelessness
  2. Jewish programs and organizations to welcome and engage interfaith families and couples in Jewish life
  3. Innovative Jewish programs to engage post-b’nai mitzvah-aged (older than 12 or 13) youth
  4. Programs and services that help refugees to become self-sufficient and adapt to life in Greater Denver and Boulder

The 23-member Rose Youth Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation, is now seeking grant proposals from nonprofit organizations for three of the four priorities. The group will not accept proposals for the priority addressing homelessness, but has instead already decided to award $12,000 to Denver’s Road Home and Urban Peak. The deadline to submit a grant proposal addressing any of the remaining three priorities is Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at noon.

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

We 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.”

The group’s members, who attend 14 different schools in nine local cities, represent a wide range of Jewish backgrounds.

Rose Youth Foundation has met twice a month since November 2010 to learn about philanthropy, and to decide its funding priorities. The group has just released its 2011 Request for Proposals, Grant Guidelines and Application, which are available at rcfdenver.org/RYF, or by contacting 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 Denver-area, Jewish ninth- through 12th -graders who are working to make a difference by learning about philanthropy and Jewish giving, and by making grants to benefit the Denver/Boulder area. A list of 2010-2011 members follows.

Rose Youth Foundation 2010-2011 Members


  • Jared Alswang, Cherry Creek High School, 9
  • Brianne Andersen, Jefferson County Open School, 10
  • Jonathan Bentley *, Colorado Academy, 12
  • Peri Cirbo, East High School, 11
  • Elizabeth Dansky *, Kent Denver, 11
  • Jeffrey Ellenoff, Kent Denver, 11
  • Max Frey, Cherry Creek High School, 10
  • Yuli Genosar, New Vista High School, 12
  • Sara Goldstein, D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, 10
  • Daniel Halpern, Fairview High School, 11
  • Estee Hamo, East High School, 10
  • Samantha Hea *, Heritage High School, 12
  • Jordan Kastrinsky *, Cherry Creek High School, 11
  • Simon Kaufman *, Denver Jewish Day School, 11
  • McKenna Klein *, Regis Jesuit High School, 10
  • Maddie Kornfeld *, East High School, 11
  • Nathan Landman, ThunderRidge High School, 12
  • Elliot Mamet *, East High School, 12
  • Blake Oberfeld, Cherry Creek High School, 10
  • William Payne *, Heritage High School, 12
  • Caryn Shebowich, Arapahoe High School, 12
  • Julia Sigman *, George Washington High School, 12
  • Daniel Steinhauser, Cherry Creek High School, 10

*Indicates returning members

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