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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Partners for Change Overview

The Colin Powell School's Partners for Change Initiative is designed to harness the energy of CCNY students and the resources of the university in new and innovative ways. The initiative’s overarching goals are to: 1) build the capacity of key community partners to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in the Center’s areas of emphasis:  health justice, economic development, education urban sustainability, and international development; 2) provide CCNY students with hands-on learning opportunities and the chance to work closely with advocates, service-providers and policy makers to execute high-impact service projects, conduct research and raise awareness about these critical issues.


The Partners for Change program is designed for high achieving City College students of any CCNY major, program, or school who have a specific interest in our areas. Some fellows enter with interest and experience in public policy; others are students in engineering, science, the health science, the humanities, architecture, and film studies. All fellows are united by a desire to use their field of study to influence policy or social change.  Students must have at least 30 credits at the end of the spring in which they apply. Transfer students are encouraged to apply.


The program provides $5,000 for a period of one year.


Each year, the Partners for Change Fellows will engage in research and service in collaboration with key community partners and a Powell Center Leader-in-Residence.  In its third year (2013-2014), the initiative will focus on achieving the following strategic goals:

•Improving conditions for preparation for, access to, and persistence in college in Harlem.

•Addressing health and health-care disparities and improve health outcomes for residents in New York City, particularly in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx.

•Supporting efforts to foster environmental sustainability in urban communities, especially in New York City.

•Working with partners to strengthen community and economic development in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx.To achieve these goals, Partners for Change Fellows participate in the following activities:

•Internship. Partners for Change Fellows are partnered with a community organization where they perform 120 hours of community service over the course of the academic year. Through this experience, fellows are prepared for lives of public service and active citizenship, and to apply their professional and personal talents toward addressing issues of public concern.

•Research. Led by an experienced professional, Partners for Change Fellows work as part of a team to conduct research on critical issues in the field.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session or to contact the Center with questions.  For more information, call or email Rochelle Smar, program manager, 212.650.8446 or