We Train. We Educate. We Develop.

change institute




Change Institute is an interactive, intentional and comprehensive global leadership training program for youth. Change Institute Ambassadors travel to beautiful Barbados  for 2 weeks to engage in team- building, conflict resolution & environmental sustainability research. Youth receive introductory training about international trade, local and national economics, cultural heritage, and diversity. While in Barbados, youth work with other Bajan youth to examine food systems. Through intense training, they also learn the art of communicating with intention, effective conflict resolution skills, leadership skills, and strategies of accepting and celebrating differences. 


become a change ambassador 

The institute is open to students in 9th - 12th grades. All applicants must complete the application and submit two reference letters from a teacher or a mentor by April 1, 2018. Application status communicated one week after submission. 

Participants should have a passion for community service, leadership, and social justice. Good candidates possess the qualities of flexibility, patience, and the courage to try new things. Once selected, Change Ambassadors forever connected to the Change Institute program as alumni. Our team supports their future growth into young adulthood. 

Our program is competitively priced at $2,750 per youth, excluding flight. Cost includes: 3 meals per day, lodging, travel insurance, all excursions, leadership assessment, & Change Institute apparel. 

Program Dates:  July 8 - July 22, 2018


examining Food systems

Our priority is to make learning fun and engaging. Change Institute is designed to explore many facets of the country, including some of the most pressing issues impacting people and the environment. We have worked with our partners, The Sojourner Foundation, to identify a vital realm of focus: Food sustainability and justice. 

Importing the vast majority of food eaten, coupled with the deep and painful agricultural history, Barbados is an interesting place to learn about food.  While there, we experience fresh caught seafood while dining at Oistens and learning local fisher culture. We learn about local food production while learning to make goat cheese. We get our hand dirty while volunteering with local, grassroots farm, Kamp Deed. Ambassadors also attend multiple farmers market events where we interview farmers and producers from all over the island, and have multiple hands on workshops to figure how all of these things and more are relevant to Barbados and our lives in the US.  

Understanding food systems is quite the dynamic.  After all, we all have to eat!  Come join Change Institute to explore how food can be the center that connects us all!


Exploring the island

The Change Ambassadors experience a jam packed schedule! We connect with local organizations to learn Caribbean and African dance moves, experience snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, visit art galleries, learn to drum, explore Harrison's Cave, tour Earthworks pottery, and enjoy plenty of beach time. 

Our experiential leadership session at the United Nations House give youth the opportunity to learn about global issues from CARICAD, United Nations Women, UNICEF, and select ministries of the government. Ambassadors are tasked with engaging in presentations at the highest professional level by presenting to the aforementioned entities.