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Welcome to Emerging Changemakers by LEAD STL

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Hey future leaders! Ready to kickstart your journey toward social change and make your voice heard? You're in the right place! Meet Emerging Changemakers, the 10-month experience for 7th through 9th graders passionate about social change. 


What's It All About?

Think of Emerging Changemakers as the Cultural Leadership Experience, tailored just for you! Over 10 power-packed months, you'll:

  • Dive deep into social issues  

  • Learn from some of the most inspiring expert speakers  

  • Embark on field trips to amazing places around St. Louis  

  • Jet off to Chicago for an overnight Changemaker Immersion Trip  


Signing up for Camp LEAD, too? Each program is designed to be an independent experience, but they also complement each other perfectly, meaning double the fun and learning.


When Do We Kick Off? 

Mark those calendars! We program from December through October, with monthly meetups on Sunday afternoons. And let's not forget the highlight—our show-stopping Changemaker Immersion Weekend trip! 

Who Can Join? 

If you're in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and call the St. Louis region home, this is for you! Whether you're a social justice newbie or an activism aficionado, there's a seat for you at the table.

Let's Talk Money 

Cost shouldn't be a barrier to chasing your dreams. That's why we offer a sliding fee scale based on family income and 100% of participants receive scholarships.

Apply to Emerging Changemakers Today!

Applications for Class 3 of Emerging Changemakers are open!  If you're currently in 6, 7, or 8th grades--meaning you'll be in 7, 8, or 9th grade in the 2024- 2025 school year--living in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area, you're eligible to apply!  Our next class of Emerging Changemakers begins December '24

Apply online here!


After submitting your application, LEAD STL's selection committee will review it and let you know if you've been invited to participate in an in-person interview in October.  Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s create some change, together! 


For More Information Contact:

Jeremy Brok  

Director of Core Programs  


Phone: 314-354-8236

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