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Youth Program Development 

  • Be The Change is a consulting program to help communities successfully implement effective and life-changing programs for at-risk youth

  • “Be The Change” provides a unique service-to-work program model giving early invention to the often overlooked at-risk middle school population, ages 11-14. This program teaches kids the importance of a positive attitude, allows them to develop the necessary work ethic to make them successful, shows them how to work with a team, and provides them with a sense of confidence and increased self-worth.

  • “Be the Change” provides an established program model tailored to meet your individual community needs, on-site hands-on assistance in marketing the program to your community, weekly phone/web consultation, and also onsite assistance during your  program launch.  

  • “Be The Change” will work side-by-side with communities through the entire program development process, if requested, and will provide communities  with all of the tools that are needed for their program to be successful

  • Up to a 3 year commitment can be guaranteed by “Be The Change” to ensure not only a successful program launch, but to help ensure long-term success and program stability for generations to come.

  • “Be The Change” also offers additional programming for older youth as they eventually  transition out of middle school. “We Are The Change” programming will allow continued support and contact with the youth through these crucial years.  In addition, incentives will be given for youth to stay in school and to even receive specialized training/education following their high school graduation.  

A number of different packages are offered to meet your communities individualized need.  Call today to learn more about package options for program start-ups.


  • One-on-one consulting for non-profits and others attempting to make the world a better place

  • Workshops

  • Keynote speaking engagements

  • Coaching for parents 

“Some of these kids give up because no one expects them to be successful.

This programming gives them someone to believe in them, and not just hope they do well, but expect them to do well!  I’ve seen it firsthand. Kids live up to your expectations! These kids need hope, and your community can provide that to them!”


 Amy Vaughn, Founder

About Amy......

Amy's unique and bold leadership style will help non-profits, churches or individuals take the lead in doing good.  Even though the task is daunting, her unique and fun-loving personality will make the journey enjoyable along the way.  

She will leave a lasting footprint on each community that chooses to benefit from her leadership and knowledge.  

For over 13 years, Amy served as Program Director for the Hannibal pre-employment/service learning training program for at-risk middle school aged kids called “Kids in Motion.” During that time, she developed a unique process of combining service with workforce readiness instruction, and the results were tremendous. She assisted in replicating the concept in two new communities, and also developed a continuation of that program for high school aged kids, called “Teens in Motion.”  That process allowed caring adults to have influence in the lives of these kids all the way through high school graduation.

Amy has learned, firsthand, how to develop and run service-to-work programs, and with her experience and guidance, can easily teach others to do the same.  While the “Be The Change” program differs from the programs she was previously involved in, teaching kids the importance of respect, hard work and giving back remains the same. Her personal beliefs and convictions have been her guiding force, and even in the midst of a world that says “the problems are too big to tackle” she is optimistic and resolute.  Her bold vision and can-do personality , are what have made her successful, and she wants to share and motivate others to develop that same mindset.

It’s time for communities to look seriously at the drug problems, crime issues, and the poverty in their community, and actively do something to make a difference.  “Be The Change” will walk with you every step of the way to do just that! Our kids need you, your community needs you. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. If you think your community needs this program, pick up the phone and begin a conversation with “Be The Change” today!

  • 13 years service as Program Director of Kids in Motion - where, under her leadership, grew significantly and flourished

  • Successfully replicated Kids in Motion in 2 separate communities in 2008, and they continue to positively impact their communities today

  • Founded, developed and implemented a brand new program called "Teens in Motion" - launched in 2016

  • Received a Congressional Medal of Merit for replicating the program

  • Motivating and inspiring others with her can-do attitude

  • Extremely passionate about doing good

  • Fundraising

  • Grant Writing (and just writing in general)

  • Leadership/Management

  • Marketing

  • Public Relations

  • Networking

  • And the ability to laugh along the way