Change Makers


"The key is to be positive and do positive things ... It’s hard at the beginning, but if you have people trying to help you and show you tools … then it’s worth a try and you won’t regret it."

Change Makers


"Don’t give up to the streets. Don’t give up to drugs. Go to school and do good and everything else will come to you. Take advantage of all the opportunities given to you."

Change Makers


"I understand how substance abuse can change a person and change really who they are… There are always people that you can talk to and there are always people that can help you."

Change Makers


"It is foolish to believe that success can be achieved alone."

Change Makers


"If you know your passion and follow your dreams, you will make a positive difference in the world."

  • JR
  • Carlos
  • Katie
  • Justin
  • Noah

  • Opportunities
  • Tools for success
  • Support

Get informed, build your skills, and become a more effective change maker!

  • You and your parents can use these checklists to make sure you are on track to apply and pay for college. 

  • Ever wondered what the FAFSA is and how it can help you pay for college? Get a quick overview of what the FAFSA is, what you need to know about it, and how your college decides how much financial aid you will receive.

  • Learn how to stay on top of your finances by ordering a free Financial Self Defense Kit from Get credit reports, debt calculators, information about fraud protection, financial tips, and more. 

  • This tool helps you learn how to speak up and advocate for yourself. With this tool, you can map out personal goals, learn about your rights and responsibilities, learn the best way to ask for help, and get organized.

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

  • Build leadership skills, gain public policy experience, and learn more about the President’s initiative on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships as an intern with the Partnership Center. 

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

  • Learn about internships and other career development opportunities in the Federal government for current students and recent graduates. Some pathways programs give graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work part-time and transition smoothly into a job after school.

  • 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.

  • created a series of guides that contain helpful information for people with disabilities. Find resources on topics that are important to you, like financial aid, student transition planning, transportation, and job training. 

  • The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY) published this short list of hotline numbers that every youth should have, especially youth dealing with homelessness.

  • “Tony and Emily have been dating for a few weeks, and he is beginning to act like he owns her. He complains when she spends time with her best friend—or anyone except him. Afraid she’ll lose him, Emily begins to cut herself off from her friends.

  • Many Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, including many Sikh turbaned youth, face bullying and harassment based on their appearance. Check out this Google Hangout, organized by White House intern Naureen Singh as part of her E3!

  • Whether you or a friend is having a tough day, it is always good to know that you can reach out to get support or give support.

  • Have you been feeling sad or hopeless for a long time? If so, you may have depression. But you are not alone.

  • Hear from the We R Native (WRN) Ambassadors Class of 2015-16 as they share why they became WRN Ambassadors, what WRN means to them, and the resources available on the WRN website for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.