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Change a life

Help families find safety and escape poverty. You have the power to make a difference.

You have the power to make a difference.

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CHANGE A LIFE: Millions of people forced to flee their homes for safety. You can help.

Families forced to flee home. You can help.

Frequently asked questions for CHANGE Leader applicants

What is CHANGE?

CHANGE is Oxfam America’s program that provides leadership and advocacy training to prepare university students to promote social change locally and globally. The yearlong program kicks off with a weeklong training for all accepted students, called CHANGE Leaders. CHANGE Leaders commit to work with other students and campus contacts to host three to four Oxfam engagements, and to build a network of relationships on behalf of Oxfam during the 2018-19 academic year. The 2018 CHANGE training will take place July 21-26, in Boston, MA. All CHANGE Leaders must commit to participate in the entire training. Oxfam will cover the cost of accepted leader’s travel (flight, bus, or train) to and from Boston, as well as lodging and meals during the week of training in Boston.

CHANGE is celebrating 20 years! We have trained over 860 CHANGE Leaders from more than 345 college and university campuses across the US. Each year, the program selects up to 50 students from US based campuses.

How do I apply?

Visit our CHANGE Application page (opens October 9) to create an account and start the online student application. Applicants are asked to provide the name and contact information for a campus contact. A campus contact can be any faculty or staff member on the student’s campus, who is able to provide an online recommendation and support during the academic year. All CHANGE Leader applications and accompanying campus contact recommendations are due December 5, 2017 for early decision and February 26, 2018 for regular decision.

How much does it cost to attend CHANGE?

Applying to CHANGE is free. If accepted to the program, CHANGE Leaders will be asked to submit a one time, $100 registration fee. The registration fee is non-refundable and only applies to students who have been accepted and will be participating in CHANGE. This fee helps cover organizing supplies and resources for the training and year on campus. The fee will be due in May, after students have been notified about their acceptance into the program. We encourage students to search out university funding to help cover this cost, or to fundraise the $100.

When is my CHANGE application due?

The CHANGE application is due December 5, 2017 for early decision and February 26, 2018 for regular decision. We encourage students to submit their CHANGE application by November 28 for early decision and February 8 for regular decision. This will allow one week for campus contacts to submit the online CHANGE recommendation. Once the student application has been submitted, the campus contact will receive an email asking him or her to fill out an online CHANGE recommendation. Please remember that applications will not be considered complete until both the student application and the campus contact’s recommendation have been submitted.

What is the role of a CHANGE campus contact?

A CHANGE campus contact can be any staff or faculty member at your university who knows you well enough to write a recommendation regarding your leadership abilities. In addition, this person will serve as an on-campus resource throughout the CHANGE year. Campus contacts serve as mentors and help make campus connections, provide feedback, and support for Oxfam events and activities on campus. Students and their contacts together determine how they will connect on campus. A campus contact’s online recommendation vastly strengthens a student’s application and success on campus.

When will I be notified about acceptance into CHANGE?

Students will be notified about their acceptance to CHANGE by March 23, 2018 for regular decision applicants. We are not able to inform students of their acceptance prior to this date.

What is the week of CHANGE like?

The CHANGE Training is an intense, weeklong training. Training days vary in length, many go into the evening, and full participation is expected from all participants. Students learn about Oxfam’s mission and campaigns, get to know other student leaders from around the world, participate in team building and leadership activities, learn organizing skills, and connect with Oxfam staff. This is done through a variety of activities that include interactive simulations, guest panels, presentations, videos, small group breakouts, creative arts, and personal reflections.

What is the time commitment for CHANGE leaders?

During the summer, students attend a weeklong training in Boston, July 21-26, 2018.

During the 2018-19 academic year, CHANGE Leaders continue the work by bringing Oxfam’s mission and campaigns to life on their campus! On average, students spend two to five hours/week on their Oxfam related work. Most CHANGE Leaders continue to work with Oxfam throughout their time at university and beyond.

Tasks for the academic year:

·       CHANGE Leaders organize 3-5 Oxfam events on campus in collaboration with others on campus

·       CHANGE Leaders identify three to five contacts who will partner with Oxfam on campus (this can include professors, alumni, administration, staff, students, departments, etc.)

·       CHANGE Leaders commit to staying in touch with Oxfam staff and one another

What kind of things have CHANGE leaders done on campus?

CHANGE Leaders have organized:

·       Oxfam Clubs

·       Panels, film screenings, and teach-ins

·       Tabling events and photo petitions

·       Social justice conferences

·       Oxfam Hunger Banquets and Dining Hall Fasts

·       Class presentations and Oxfam workshops

·       Concert outreach

·       Phone calls, letter writing and petition gatherings for legislative campaigns

·       Corporate campaign actions and stunts

Is my campus a CHANGE campus?

It is not necessary for a campus to have been involved in CHANGE previously to be accepted. If you’re curious about CHANGE on your campus, contact us. Students from new campuses are accepted every year.

Can international students/non-us citizens apply for CHANGE?

We encourage all students enrolled at a US based college or university to apply. Students do not need to be US citizens.

We are looking for rising sophomores and juniors who will be on campus all year

The CHANGE Initiative is geared for students who will be sophomores or juniors during their year of CHANGE. Over the years, we have found that the CHANGE Initiative is best suited for students who have already spent at least one year developing relationships and networks on campus. CHANGE Leader efforts on campus often take a year or more to establish and gain a sustainable presence.

A note on senior applicants

While we value the work that a rising senior could accomplish on campus, seniors often struggle to find time as graduation, the job search, and other factors come into play spring semester. We have occasionally accepted rising seniors, especially if they are going to be on campus for additional semesters.

What if I’m going to be studying abroad next year?

Students who are going to be on campus the entire academic year will be given priority. Students who will be abroad for a semester or the entire academic year are encouraged to apply the following year.

Can multiple students from the same campus apply?

Yes, multiple students from the same campus can apply.

I go to a large public/small liberal arts/community college/private university

All students who are enrolled full-time in a US based college or university program are welcome to apply.

Contact us

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

·       Phone: 1 (800) 77-OXFAM ext. 9439

·       Email:

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

    Oxfam at a glance: On campus

    Whether they’re gaining leadership skills through the CHANGE Initiative or joining Oxfam Clubs at schools nationwide, thousands of students are teaming up with Oxfam to fight poverty, hunger, and injustice.

  3. 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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