Executive Director

As a little girl, Yewande dreamed of changing the world like the pioneers she read about in the books of her closet. At the height of conflict in America, artist-activists like Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and Josephine Baker proved that music and the arts could do more than entertain, but also affect social change. She thought that was pretty amazing and made it her lifelong mission to help people too!


While days performing with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias and India Arie may be impressive to most, it is Yewande’s work as an award-winning lecturer, social activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador that has become perhaps her greatest achievement.


Since 2006, her humanitarian organization has used a unique combination of education, capacity building and music and the arts to empower youth with critical life skills that can reduce the impact of global poverty. The Change Rocks Foundation has produced programs for




*  Emergency Education (IDP) - Reading, Language and Math Skills

*  STEAM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

*  Personal Development - Leadership, Health, Conflict Resolution

*  Capacity Building - Social Entrepreneurship

*  Music and Arts Education - Singing, Acting, Dancing

*  Amazing Grace" Social Justice Musical


Yewande Austin

over 250,000 vulnerable youth, college students and professionals in 16 countries from Africa and Europe to North and Latin America. When she's not producing socio-economic empowerment programs, her capacity building organization ( produces programs that bridge the gap between diversity, leadership and social responsibility for college students and professionals. It is this passion for humanity that has inspired a movement heard around the world.



STUDENT LEADERS:  Ages 18-25  

*  Leadership and Team Building

*  Peace Building and Conflict Resolution

*  Capacity Building - Social Entrepreneurship

*  Mentoring


PROFESSIONALS:  NGO, Government, Human Rights, Educators  

*  Curriculum Development

*  STEAM Educator Training

*  Diversity Training

*  Organizational Leadership

*  Conflict Resolution

*  Motivational Development

*  Human Trafficking Prevention

*  Capacity Building (Internship, Apprenticeship, Mentorship)


change rocks


The Change Rocks Foundation produces a range of progams that address the needs of every global community. From vulnerable youth to NGO leaders and human rights advocates, together, we can make the world a better place for everyone!