About Change 1

Change 1 seeks to improve the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving institutions and engage young people, their families and communities so that youth can reach their full potential. 



To improve the lives of children, youth and families that experience the Child Welfare system and other Health & Human Services systems in order to ensure successful outcomes.



      Children, Youth & Families will be responsible, successful, contributing members and leaders of their community.


  • Compassion 
  • Empowerment 
  • Integrity 
  • Partnership

Our Approach


Promoting Positive Youth Development (PYD)

What is Positive Youth Development?

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is both a philosophy and an approach to adolescent development. While there are several definitions of PYD, Change 1 supports the following: 

Positive youth development engages youth along with their families, communities and/or governments so that youth are empowered to reach their full potential. PYD approaches build skills, assets and competencies; foster healthy relationships; strengthen the environment; and transform systems.