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.


  • 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


  • 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)
Praneel Bonthala

Praneel Bonthala

Class of 2024

Praneel is majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics.

Alison Hamant

Alison Hamant

Class of 2022

Alison is majoring in Public Affairs with a minor in Education.

Karla Herrera-Guzman

Karla Herrera-Guzman

Class of 2023

Karla is double majoring in Sociology and Education. She is also double minoring in Chicanx Studies and Community Engagement and Social Change.

Amy Vandyken

Amy Vandyken

Class of 2022

Amy is majoring in Political Science with a Disability Studies minor.

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:

UCLA Center for Community Engagement | A265 MURPHY HALL | LOS ANGELES, CA |90095-1571