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2024 'Be the Change'
Youth Training Program

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The ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program is an event for passionate changemakers from across the country. This youth-focused and youth-led conference allows young people to connect face-to-face, exchange ideas, build lasting connections, and collectively drive positive change in their schools and communities. Our 2024 ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program will leave attendees inspired and ready to take on the challenges of making a difference in school-based health care.

Learn more about the previous ‘Be the Change’ conferences here.

See you in Washington, D.C.!

'Be the Change’ Youth Training Program Scholarship Competition

The School-Based Health Alliance has a distinct training program just for youth at the National School-Based Health Care Conference, June 30-July 2, 2024. The ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program is designed to provide an opportunity for youth to connect with like-minded peers from around the country who are passionate leaders of change in their schools and communities. ‘Be the Change’ participants network with each other and school-based health care advocates at the conference and engage in various workshops pertaining to health, education, policy, and leadership.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for students. Scholarships will cover the cost of two nights’ hotel accommodations for the duration of  the conference (check-in is on Sunday, June 30, and check-out is on Tuesday, July 2). Scholarships will also cover the costs of travel to and from the conference.


  • Applicants must be registered for conference prior to submitting a scholarship application.
  • Applicants must be nominated by an adult involved with school-based health centers.
  • Applicants must be between 14 to 18 years of age at the time of the conference.
  • Applicants must get the permission of a parent and/or guardian to apply.
  • Applicants must submit their application, essay, transcript, and nominating form to School-Based Health Alliance by Friday, May 17, 2024.
  • Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the full conference from June 30-July 2, 2024.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend all ‘Be the Change’ workshops at the conference.

Scholarship decisions will be sent via email Friday, May 24, 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship competition, please e-mail Harper Byers at or call 202-370-4390.

Visit for more information about the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program. 

The scholarship competition is now closed.

FAQ for chaperones

What are my responsibilities as a chaperone?
Chaperones are responsible for scheduling travel to and from the conference for the student(s) they are supervising. They are also charged with arranging room accommodations, food during non-scheduled meals, and general supervision of the student(s) during non-conference hours. Chaperones are also responsible for ensuring that their student(s) follow the rules established in their consent form.

Is there a consent form I have to sign?
Yes, all consent forms must be signed by the youth, their parent/guardian, and their chaperone. Download the form here.

Do I need to participate in ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program activities?
No, you are not required to participate in any youth program activities. As a registered attendee of the National School-Based Health Care Coference, you are more than welcome to participate in any of the open workshops listed in the general program. You may sit-in on any ‘Be the Change’ workshops, but please check-in with Harper Byers, ‘Be the Change’ coordinator, before you do so.

Is there a limit to the number of students I can chaperone?
No, there is no official limit to the number of students you can chaperone.

If one of the students I am chaperoning received a scholarship, how will their room be paid?
Scholarship recipients’ rooms will be provided by the School-Based Health Alliance.  The chaperone is responsible for arranging room accommodations for all students they are bringing to the conference who did not receive a scholarship.

Will the youth be staying at the same hotel as the conference?
Most youth will be staying at the same hotel as the conference. As a chaperone, you are required to stay at the same hotel as your youth.

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