Making Changes is a year-round, 40-session program held at the STAR/PAL U.S. Bank Center to Serve Youth that brings youth, law enforcement, and volunteer mentors together for a civic engagement based curriculum designed to educate high school teens about the importance of making positive life decisions and how these choices can impact their lives, their communities, the nation, and even the world. By engaging teens in civic-service focused activities and providing them with the tools to develop into young leaders, this program promotes awareness about the importance of one’s actions and the potential these actions have to make positive change.
During the course of the program, youth participants learn important life skills such as public speaking, financial literacy, continued education, and community involvement. In addition, STAR/PAL teams up with a number of community partners to ensure the success and impact of this program. Community partners include Operation for HOPE, Toastmasters, local colleges and universities, Mid-City Collaborative, Community Housing Works, San Diego Canyonlands, Atria Senior Living, Ocean Discovery Institute, the military, and the Karen Organization of San Diego, among other community organizations and businesses.