An NASSP Student Leadership Initiative

Strands of Change

Learn how you can create the biggest impact in the #EngageInChange global initiative when you incorporate the three strands into your service projects.

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What Are the Three Strands of #EngageInChange?

In creating the new global initiative, the Student Leadership Advisory Committee streamlined the focus of #EngageInChange into three strands designed to motivate students around the country.


The first strand focuses on educating peers or the community about an important issue and encourages them to find solutions. Students need to see the impact that our actions have on the local, regional, and global level—to be socially aware and conscious of how our daily actions, both intentional and unintentional, affect our societies and can lead to global change.


Students can use this strand to promote student voice and take action, perhaps by conducting voter registration drives or by speaking out about the issues that matter most to them. Student activism doesn’t have to be at a national scope to create a positive, global impact. By encouraging students at every level to be passionate about and advocate for what they believe in, they become active—and empowered—participants in their future.


Effecting real change requires us to recognize that people start with different advantages and opportunities, and therefore need different kinds of support. An equal distribution of tutoring hours, for instance, does not produce real change if some students need more. Helping everyone with the same math problem does not help students improve if they really need help with essay writing. Needs often vary from conditions associated with race, sexuality, gender identity, or socioeconomic status. This “Equity” strand encourages us to consider the unique challenges and strengths of each individual so we produce the best possible outcomes instead of focusing on equally divided inputs.