The Inner Life of Changemakers

Starting the week of September 28, 2020
For ages 14 – 18

Are you between the ages of 14 and 18 and seeking to make positive change when it comes to many of the pressing issues we face today?

Are you interested in considering what characteristics of the mind and heart have motivated past and current changemakers? Are you looking to actively cultivate your own inner world and wisdom to increase your impact, health and the sustainability of your involvement?

Join us for The Inner Life of Changemakers. This twelve-week group experience will explore qualities of the inner world and the role they play in making positive change. When it comes to changemaking, a direct correlation exists between impact and actively cultivating the inner world. And yet, too often we focus on the visible process and mechanics of making change and neglect the place where all our action begins: from within our hearts and minds. 

Together, we will explore topics like hope, burnout, motivation, the power of words and intentional conversation, systems theory and intersectionality, courage and vulnerability, accountability, critical thinking, joy and more. The bulk of our exploration will occur in weekly, discussion-focused meetings, with light reading assignments in-between. We will draw upon the insight and wisdom of prior changemakers and look directly to the way in which they addressed their inner world and its connection to their work making change. 

This group will meet remotely beginning the week of September 21. Meetings will occur once a week in the late afternoon (after school). The group will be polled to identify the best meeting day and time. 

This is a pilot program and is consequently offered free-of-charge. If you are interested in joining the group or have any questions, reach out to Johannah at Thank you!

About the facilitator

Johannah Blackman has been involved in changemaking since her high school years, working with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and as an activist. She holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in counseling psychology and has been involved in contemplative practices for over a decade. Johannah founded and codirected Youth Theater Speak with the New Surry Theatre – a unique model of improvisational theater that provides teen participants with a channel for both reflection and expression of current issues within their communities. Johannah is a founding member of A Climate to Thrive and recently founded Generation on the Edge, a platform exploring how best to support young people as they grow into a world with climate change.

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