Executive Director

As a little girl, Yewande dreamed of changing the world like the historic icons that 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!




*  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

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

*  Multicultural Communication

*  Organizational Leadership

*  Conflict Resolution

*  Personal Development

*  Human Trafficking Prevention

*  Capacity Building (Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility)


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!


Running Into The Dark | Yewande Austin | TEDxRVA

Since 2006, her humanitarian organization has produced socio-economic empowerment programs through an innovative combination of education, capacity building and the arts. The Change Rocks Foundation has trained 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 empowering refugees or trafficking victims, Yewande produces diversity, leadership and social justice programs through her capacity building arm, It is this passion for humanity that has inspired a movement heard around the world.