CHANGE is Bridge Builders at its most intense—it takes a small number of highly engaged, dedicated youth in 9th-12th grades and provides them the opportunity to become leaders who advance social justice through community organizing. Through a program starting in late July and ending in mid-May, CHANGE youth actively lead a year-long community action project around the issue(s) of their choice.
CHANGE interns participate in Bridge Builders COLLABORATE summer conferences and additional summer training. During the academic year, CHANGE youth complete a paid internship of six to nine hours per week, during which they design and implement their own community action projects.
During the project, CHANGE participants conduct research in order to develop a vision for community improvement. They organize other youth to promote diversity appreciation and equal rights for all. They design, lead and evaluate a community-wide campaigns to advance justice in Memphis. You’ll receive intensive and ongoing training in leadership development, participatory action research and community organizing.
Bridge Builders CHANGE is open to any student, grades 9-12 (minimum age of 14) currently enrolled and on track to complete Bridge Builders COLLABORATE.