“Stranger2Changer” is a movement that showcases and highlights individuals around the country who are active “Changers” in their communities and to encourage others to become “Changers”.
The “Stranger2Changer” movement is a multi-level approach using social media, live interaction and engagements, participation through social media, volunteer opportunities and mentor programs. The mission is to address numerous social crises, social and economic disparities, risks of exploitation, abuse, assault, and trafficking.
We are not “Strangers” in our communities. We all have the opportunity and responsibility to be “Changers”.
Tell the world “Who You Are” – for many, you are not a “Stranger”. You are a local celebrity or hometown hero. Some of you are heroes behind the scenes who make change happen. You may be the athlete or entertainer on the world stage and you may be the person who simply means the world to someone close to you.
Tell the world “How You are a Changer” – what are you doing that benefits your community? Are you a volunteer and where? Do you mentor our youth or are you the safe person that the community comes to for advice and counsel? What are you doing to “Change” the world for the benefit of humanity? It can be as simple as participating in community projects to as complex as facilitating a movement. You may be a teacher or a preacher who gives lessons for life or someone who makes life more livable for others. You may be the student who leads their peers or the volunteer who gives of themselves without any cheers.
Become a “Changer” – it is easier than you think. Words without action fall silent. Stand firm in your commitment to becoming a “Changer”. Evolution will happen slowly over time regardless of what you do but a REVOLUTION will only happen when YOU do your part. If you are happy with the world as is, do nothing. If you want to “Change the world” then become a part of the REVOLUTION.
In many environments we are “Strangers”. And in some instances, we are NOT a “Stranger” but we are a “Changer”. “Changers” are just like you and me but have chosen to “Change the World” by what they do. By getting to know the “Changers” and learning from them, the student now becomes a “Changer” for the betterment of humanity.
For example, students will be required to comment and “share” their engagement on social media, including forwarding the associated post, video, or stream to a designated number of peers. Sharing opportunities can co-exist with the NetSmartz® programs implemented by the respective schools. This peer to peer engagement will be more appealing to students initially because of the “Changers” involved. By the student’s “shared experience through engagement” they now become “Changers” themselves, empowered with valuable knowledge and experiences that can lead to positive outcomes. The most engaged students may even be inspired to start their own peer-to-peer podcast or blog as a “Changer”.
Additionally, through these engagements, they will have the opportunity to experience things “first-hand” that they may be interested in pursuing as a career or a vocation. They will be permitted to observe judicial processes such as CATCH or CHANGE COURT, the legislative processes, law enforcement and forensic work, social services and community outreach, and a large variety of other things that they may never have known about or thought they would be interest in learning. By giving these students and opportunity to continue to “invest” in their future, we are giving them a sense of purpose and value that will help them attain goals in life while reducing risk factors for victimization.