CHANGE Initiative

Ready to change the world? Oxfam’s training program for college students will give you the tools you need to fight poverty, hunger, and injustice.

"It was an excellent, life-changing experience that bettered me as a person, a student, a leader, an engaged individual, and ultimately a global citizen."

 —Trelaine Ito, 2010 CHANGE Leader

Each year, Oxfam brings together a select group of 50 student leaders. Together, they learn how to transform their passion for the issues into meaningful action on campus and in their communities, joining a network of like-minded students around the country.

Plus, the CHANGE Initiative builds leadership, advocacy, and communications skills that serve students long after graduation. Past CHANGE Leaders have gone on to work for members of Congress, start their own nonprofit organizations, and pursue social justice careers worldwide.

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Every year, Oxfam brings 50 CHANGE Leaders to Boston for a rigorous weeklong training that combines group activities, expert panels, and workshops with a multimedia teaching curriculum. The leadership training program builds students’ leadership skills, advocacy skills, and familiarity with Oxfam’s mission—and introduces them to sophisticated and powerful models for social change. Founded in 2000, CHANGE has trained more than 770 student leaders from more than 340 colleges and universities.

Applications for 2015 CHANGE training are closed, but you can fill out the form below to be notified when the 2016 application goes live.


Campaigns on campus

After the training, CHANGE Leaders return to campus energized and ready to work on social justice issues. Oxfam staffers and a CHANGE campus adviser provide guidance to the student activists throughout the year.

Each CHANGE leader implements at least one Oxfam-specific public advocacy campaign on campus, covering issues like food justiceoil, gas, and mining; or disasters and poverty. Activities include building networks, organizing their peers to take political action, and hosting campus awareness events like teach-ins, panel discussions, art exhibits, and speakers’ tours.

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Alumni resources

If you are a CHANGE Leader or alumni, log in to the CHANGE Network. You'll find updates about Oxfam’s work, the latest job postings, and opportunities to connect with CHANGE alumni in your area.

Contact us

If you have any questions about CHANGE or the application process, please contact us.

If you are a CHANGE Leader or Alumni, visit the CHANGE Alumni Network.

Tools & downloads

  1. Tools for activists

    How to make a difference on campus

    Students, are you ready to take action? Find tips for starting and running an Oxfam Club at your high school or university, ideas for campus events, and much more.

  2. Tools for activists

    Resources for your Oxfam club

    Access free resources for Oxfam Club members, including a (1) sample club constitution, (2) member contact list template, (3) Oxfam logo guidelines, and (4) spotlight clubs from Indiana University Bloomington and University of Texas at Austin.

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