Be About Change
P.O. Box 210169
Nashville, TN 37221
Be About Change: Project L.E.A.D.
Learn about Project L.E.A.D. – a student leadership program that encourages and prepares high school students to continue their education and gain confidence to realize their true leadership qualities – here.
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Marcel Hernandez founded Be About Change in 2016, putting his love for writing and working with others to use. He founded the non-profit organization to provide higher education scholarships to students from low-income households, using writing as a vehicle to promote expression.
Marcel leads writing and leadership workshops with students in the Nashville area and works with local youth to promote the philosophy of taking an active role in one’s community. Currently, he oversees Project L.E.A.D.: leadership curriculum for youth in Greater Nashville that encourages and prepares students to continue their education and gain confidence to realize their true leadership qualities.
He received his BA in Communications, Business, and Music from Vanderbilt University. He also received a vocational degree from the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona, where he studied audio engineering and music business. Before attending Vanderbilt, he participated in University Outreach/University Crossroads, a program designed to prepare students to achieve at the college level.
In addition to Founder of Be About Change, Marcel was a member of the Advisory Board for the YMCA Latino Achievers Program in Nashville, Tennessee, from 2011-2014, and was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean to the Metro Alarm Appeals Board for the 2011-2012 term. He participates with numerous partner organizations, has spoken at local schools on topics ranging from writing and motivation to racism, and has presented at several community events with others on immigration-related issues.
Marcel enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting to know others, playing music, physical training, and reading.