Change at Work
Every child is born to be a leader, but with limited access to quality education and sustainable skills, millions of youth around the world are exploited by poverty. Today nearly half of the world's population is under the age of 25 and nearly 50% of them live in abject poverty (less than $1/day). Gross socio-economic disparaties fuel an increasing rate of unemployment, illiteracy, human trafficking and the spread of AIDS among youth. The Change Rocks Foundation has found an innovative way to confront some of the world's greatest challenges and put every child's dream within reach.
Since 2006, our multidisciplinary programs have empowered over 250,000 at-risk youth, AIDS orphans, human trafficking survivors, college students, professionals and more in 16 countries from Africa and Europe to North and Latin America. Through a combination of education, capacity building, music and the arts, we're on a mission to restore the voices that have been silenced by poverty. Do you believe that music can change the world? Change has never sounded so sweet.
"AMANI" MEANS PEACE
FEBRUARY 2017 -- The U. S. State Department awards founder Yewande Austin with an "Arts Cultural Envoy" grant to produce youth empowerment programs in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She and producer Marc Baldwin will conduct programs for former child soldiers and orphans of the Rwandan genocide while giving live concerts and multicultural programs in both countries.
APRIL 2017 -- Do you know any girls that want to change the world? If they attend 6-8th grade, then your future leader can join us for "The Art of Change", a tuition-free camp hosted by St. Catherine's Girls School in Richmond, VA from June 19 to July 7, 2017 (9:00am-5:00pm daily). Participants will attend entrepreneurship workshops, STEAM and performing arts classes, fieldtrips and build a social business model with girls in another country through online classes.
MARCH 2017 -- Last month, founder Yewande Austin was honored with a President Barack Obama "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Georgia State Capitol for her tireless dedication to restoring the voices of people silenced by poverty and oppression. Hosted by Senator Donzella James, Yewande joins the last group of honorees in history that will ever receive this award again in the name of former President Obama.