Change Makers


"The word “disability” is not in the athletes' minds at all. We don’t see it as a disability. For myself, I see it as a unique ability."

Change Makers


"I was eager to meet and converse with my peers and key leadership throughout the country. It is very important to give folks that may not normally interact the opportunity to do so."

Change Makers


"The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is an epitome of what cities should be implementing to reach the needs of their own cities — since not every city requires the same things."

Change Makers


"My advice is to get involved with Year Up or a program like it."

Change Makers


"I hope more youth will take a close look at their communities and see what problems are bothering them and then fix them."

  • Krista
  • Kayanna
  • Alan
  • Abdalla
  • Citlali

  • Opportunities
  • Tools for success
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Get informed, build your skills, and become a more effective change maker!

  • If a company offers to reduce or cancel your federal student loans for a fee, it’s probably a scam. This short video blog offers trusted, free resources from the Department of Education that can help you manage your student loans.

  • This resource provides information about the educational benefits available to people who have served in the armed forces and their families.

  • Worried about managing your student loans? You have options! Learn about the variety of payment plans and options available like forbearance, deferment, and loan consolidation. Also, know that you can always contact your loan servicer for guidance.

  • Learn about one way youth and young adults with disabilities can follow through on their interest in a career with the Federal government.

  • Get information and resources about access to quality health care, health insurance, and how to get involved in health promotion, self care and decision making.

Get connected to internships, speaking engagements, conferences, and other opportunities!

  • Federal Work-Study is a way for college students to earn money to pay for school through part-time, on- and off-campus jobs. However, not every school participates in the Federal Work-Study Program, and the opportunities may differ by school and by job.

  • After seeing a tweet from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Mel decided to apply for a USICH internship position, and six months later, she was moving to DC for the summer.

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is seeking high-performing students interested in interning in the corporate sector. Applications for the Summer 2016 Internship Program are open until February 15, 2016.

  • Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for students ages 16 through 24.

  • Learn more about career opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with the Student Conservation Association's National Park Service Academy!

  • The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) helps talented college students and recent graduates with disabilities find summer or permanent jobs. Learn more about the program and how you can get involved. 

  • Youthbuild provides an alternative education pathway that encourages youth to obtain a high school diploma or GED, while advancing toward employment while developing leadership skills and serving the community.

Get support. Give support.

  • This website provides links to multiple hotlines, websites, and other resources for youth who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.

  • Whether you're on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out, this resource from can help you understand cliques and how to deal with them, while keeping good friends close and staying true to yourself.

  • We all feel stressed out sometimes, like the night before a big game or after a fight with a friend. Stress isn’t always bad; the good kind of stress can push you to take on exciting challenges. But, what about when stress becomes overwhelming and doesn’t seem to go away?