Our Mission

Be About Change empowers youth through literacy and leadership programs, combined with family and community support. We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of today’s youth in Tennessee— building their confidence and preparing them to serve the community. We do this through two programs:

Project LEAD: leadership and financial literacy for youth ages 12 to 18 and their families.

Reading Success: supplemental literacy support for elementary school students who struggle with reading (this simplifies teaching by providing struggling students with temporary interventions, allowing teachers to retain their current primary curriculum).


Our Story

Through Be About Change, we harness the energy we all possess and direct it in positive ways. Join us in this effort to learn more about ourselves and others.

“Growing up, many of my friends had it tougher than me. Single-parent households. Poverty. Difficulty making ends meet. In 2002, I attended one of these friends' funeral; his mom asked me to be a pallbearer, and I graciously obliged. I had known him since kindergarten. I didn’t know it at the time, but the day of the funeral would shape the rest of my life.

I’ve always been a believer in and a supporter of our youth that endure the hardships mentioned above. These were my friends growing up, people that lived around the block, and people who I now love and respect. Everything I have accomplished in my life has been the result of generations upon generations of hard-working, good-willed people, who made a ton of mistakes, just like me, who made the best of their circumstances, and who passed on the knowledge given to them like those before them." 

-Marcel Hernandez, Founder


Your donations impact the life trajectories of our community’s children, young adults, and future generations. Your support provides leadership and literacy programming and encourages accountability and community engagement.

Please consider making a recurring donation.