The goal of the You Be The Change program is for low-income community leaders to develop advocacy and leadership skills. This will ensure that low-income community members play an active role in decisions being made that affect their quality of life by building a base of grassroots power to address issues related to poverty.

Leaders are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Previous community involvement
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing the issues/impacts of poverty
  • Representative of the geographical, racial, ethnic diversity of the communities of poverty

The individuals selected will be expected to commit to 36 hours of public policy/civic engagement training, 8 hours of bi-weekly group campaign check-in meetings, and 20 hours of practical skills application with community organizations.  Applicants must be age 18 or older.

For more information, call 651-603-5880.

You Be The Change Meeting

“This training has been eye opening! It taught me a lot on how to become a great leader in my community. The most important thing I learned was that one can bring the change. Thank you!”

-Firaol, Saint Paul