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Changemakers Academy: Empowering Social Impact Leaders

Join us at the Changemakers Academy, a transformative event co-hosted by the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania and AFS Intercultural Programs. Discover your potential to drive social and environmental change in the world.


The world needs passionate leaders more than ever, and this academy equips individuals with the skills, connections, and resources to effect positive social impact. Through collaborative, hackathon-style sessions, participants will craft and present innovative solutions to societal challenges.

What to Expect:

  • Engaging sessions at the University of Pennsylvania, led by esteemed faculty.
  • Earn a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania upon completion.
  • Interactive workshops on interviewing, empathy, design thinking, and more.
  • Explore Philadelphia’s historical sites and culminate with a Manhattan Boat Cruise.
  • Enhance your problem-solving skills and ethical understanding of social impact work. Gain practical tools applicable to various situations and scales of change-making.

Program Details:

  • Date: August 13-18, 2024
  • Location: Philadelphia and New York City
  • Cost: Double room – $3550, Single room – $3850
  • Not included: Round-trip flight arrangement, Airport transfers, Visa application and fees (if applicable), Travel/healthcare insurance, Personal incidentals and expenses, Transportation outside the programs.

Scholarships Available:

Receive program fee coverage and a travel stipend by meeting specific criteria:

  • Prior participation in the AFS/bp Global STEM program
  • First-time attendance at the AFS Youth Assembly
  • Age between 18 and 32 at the time of application
  • Ability to attend the in-person event in the United States

Apply for scholarship here:

Deadline: December 15, 2023

For more information:

Join us at the Changemakers Academy to create a positive societal impact! Apply now!