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.

“What makes CHANGE so exceptional is that it trains those who care about the powerless to be able to effectively and professionally fight against the powerful.”

 —Elise Corbett, 2015 CHANGE Leader

Each year, Oxfam brings together a select group of 30-40 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.

Past CHANGE Leaders have gone on to work for members of Congress, start their own nonprofit organizations, and pursue social justice careers worldwide.


The CHANGE Initiative is now accepting applications for our student leadership program until March 31, 2016! We're looking for energetic, motivated students who want to learn how make a difference on campus and beyond. For more information about the program and the application process, see our frequently asked questions.

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Every year, Oxfam brings 30-40 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.

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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.

CHANGE Leaders help bring Oxfam’s mission to life by building networks, organizing their peers to take political action, and hosting campus awareness events like teach-ins, panel discussions, art exhibits, and speakers’ tours. Specific examples include:

  • Collaborate with Oxfam and professors to host a teach-in on Syria’s humanitarian crisis
  • Raise awareness and funds by hosting an Oxfam Jam, a campus festival, or an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
  • Create a course, independent study, or research project on one of Oxfam’s areas of work

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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.

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

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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