Change Fellows are young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are stirring up currents of change in their communities in Minnesota. Fellows participate in a process that equips them with the tools they need and a network of support to implement their “big idea,” launch an expanded learning (out-of-school time) program, or set in motion an innovative solution to address a critical issue in their community.


The Change Fellows initiative:


  • Supports young people to drive change in their communities, by helping them to enhance their work, develop their big idea, and link it with what’s going on in broader systems in order to effectively implement and move it to action.
  • Fosters the growth of networks of young people who encourage one another, collaborate, and challenge the status quo.
  • Connects youth with community infrastructure for collaboration, support, and the sharing of effective practices.

Change Fellows are changing our communities -- bringing their innovative ideas to the expanded learning field, cultivating fresh thinking, and forging new partnerships.