Changemaker Scholars

Are you civically engaged?

Are you interested in mentoring youth serving their community?

Are you looking for an exciting internship opportunity while earning upper-division credit?

Changemaker Scholars work with Changeist to mentor youth civic activists in their pursuit of social change. All students selected to be Changemaker Scholars will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will enroll in a 4-unit upper-division UCLA independent study course.

“As a Changemaker Scholar, I become both a better student and a more impactful agent of change. As a student, I learned to intentionally connect my personal experiences and the experience of those around me with what I was learning in the classroom. As an agent of change, the program introduced me to a community of other changemakers to learn from and gave me an academic foundation in social change work to deepen my impact. I was able to develop a critical lens while engaging in service, a skill that has been crucial to my career after UCLA as a youth worker in Stockton, CA. This was by far one of the most impactful experiences I had as a student at UCLA!”  

Austin is a former Changemaker Scholar and Team Leader at Changeist. After graduating from UCLA, Austin was hired to be the founding Program Manager for the 2nd Changeist location in Stockton, CA.

Changemaker Scholars work Changeist

Changeist runs a 25-week Saturday program for young people to transform themselves and their communities in pursuit of social change, executing their vision for a more just society.  Middle school and high school-aged youth work in small teams to build context for the issues that matter most to them, develop relationships with local changemakers on the ground and build an impactful project that they have full ownership over.

Benefits

  • Learn youth development skills
  • Actively work toward greater social justice outcomes
  • Develop your critical consciousness
  • Join a network of young people working to bring about change throughout California

Eligibility

  • Have sophomore, junior, or senior standing
  • Open to all majors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have at least 90 cumulative units
  • Ability to work with assigned team 3 Saturdays a month from TBA (~mid November 2021) to TBA (~mid June 2022)
Adriana Bernal

Adriana Bernal

Class of 2022

Adriana is majoring in Public Affairs with a minor in Education Studies

Elias Berrick

Elias Berrick

Class of 2024

Elias is double majoring in Public Affairs and International Development Studies.

Claudia Carr

Claudia Carr

Class of 2025

Claudia is double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies.

Isabella Lares

Isabella Lares

Class of 2023

Isabella is majoring in English.

Kayleigh Morrissey

Kayleigh Morrissey

Class of 2023

Kayleigh is majoring in English.

Grace Xu

Grace Xu

Class of 2024

Grace is majoring in Art with a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education.

The application is closed for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please check back in August 2022 for details!

Questions? Contact Douglas Barerra, Associate Director for Faculty and Community Engagement: dbarrera@college.ucla.edu

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