Be About Change is dedicated to enhancing the lives of today’s youth in Nashville, TN— building their confidence and preparing them to serve the community. We do this in three key ways:
1) Be About Change implements effective leadership training through the Juvenile Court to reduce youth violence and encourage troubled teens in turning around their lives.
2) We work with area high schools to conduct comprehensive leadership, writing and mental wellness workshops for students, using proven methods, such as restorative practices and other forms of trauma-informed care.
3) We provide higher education scholarships to high school seniors facing economic hardships but also demonstrating a desire to succeed.
We also promote expression through writing by increasing awareness – through blog articles – about forward-moving, positive individuals and efforts in our communities, so that you might be called to join those efforts and/or establish and pursue efforts of your own. The articles are about people like you who embrace the need to “be the good” they seek in the world. The blog articles are authored by our Founder, Marcel Hernandez, other Board Members, Contributing Writers, and Guest Writers.
Be About Change currently provides scholarships in the Greater Nashville, Tennessee area, with active expansion into surrounding counties. Learn about ways to get involved here.
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 friend’s funeral; his mom asked me to be a pallbearer, and I graciously obliged. I recalled times on the playground in elementary school when he had defended me against kids that were bigger than me. 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.
We often spend time in our lives, fighting the fire…the energy that drives and compels us to act, until we finally surrender to our calling. As we fight, the energy often manifests itself in various forms of fear and self-destruction. When we surrender, the energy remains, the actions become more directed and deliberate, and fears and perceived weaknesses become tools and resources upon which to draw motivation and action. Being about change calls for re-creation, fluidity and improvisation in action, embracing the moment, taking responsibility for one’s circumstances, and confronting self-created fears as a means to grow stronger.“
– Marcel Hernandez, Be About Change, Founder