Center for Community Engagement building in downtown York

York College Changemakers

Be the change your community needs

Changemakers are a diverse group of York College student volunteers who innovate and cultivate sustainable social change through strengths-centered community partnerships. Changemakers include Eisenhart Community Scholars, the Spartan Service Alliance, Impact York, Hope Scholars, and others.

As a Changemaker, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a scholarship that helps to support your education while you support our community.
  • Build connections with community service organizations and leaders.
  • Work together in teams to attain common goals: to serve your community, learn about diverse populations, and to make a difference.
  • Through your work in the community, gain skills and achieve accomplishments that help prepare you for your future.
  • Advance your skills as a dynamic volunteer in a First-Year Seminar.
  • Live in a vibrant residential community where you can attend fun programs and connect with other folks who are committed to making a difference.

Interested in learning more about being a Changemaker? Contact Cody Miller, Director of Service Initiatives, at

Changemakers Group Photo
York College Changemakers
Students at YorThon in 2018
Students at the YorThon community engagement and fundraising event

Engaged. Equipped. Empowered.

ENGAGED | Changemakers mobilize their individual strengths through teams that connect with York County community members and local organizations.

EQUIPPED | Inspired by the principles of Human-Centered Design, Changemakers create service plans in collaboration with Learning Mentors (faculty), Community Partners (local organizations), and community members to promote innovative strategies for social change.

EMPOWERED | Guided by the Social Change Model of Leadership, Changemakers navigate the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of the communities they serve in order to cultivate collaborative and sustainable social change.

Changemaker Teams

  • Spartan Service Alliance

    Spartan Service Alliance (SSA) changemakers are all about focused, sustained partnership. Each SSA team partners with one local organization and volunteers with that organization throughout their year of service. Eligible incoming students receive an invitation to join the Spartan Service Alliance.

  • Impact York

    Impact York changemakers are recent graduates from York County high schools. Impact York teams bring students and community members together to raise awareness and support for issues that impact their community. Students participating in the program are required to live on campus. Eligible incoming students receive an invitation to join the Impact York team.

  • Eisenhart Community Scholars

    Eisenhart Community Scholars work in small groups to lead service initiatives in our community. Like our other scholar groups, they learn Design Thinking, but they also have focused training on volunteer management, servant leadership, and the needs of the York community. They use this training to lead programs and projects in the community over the course of their college career.

  • Hope Scholars

    The Hope Scholars program promotes engagement and equity through education. Hope Scholars engage in leadership of programs that support underserved, vulnerable populations with the intention of providing new opportunities for groups or individuals within those groups. They believe that increasing access to, and supporting, educational attainment is primary among those opportunities.

Contact Us
Service Initiatives
Center for Community Engagement
Cody Miller, M.S. Ed.
Director of Service Initiatives
Campus: Humanities Center, Room 125
Downtown: Center for Community Engagement
59 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
Phone: 717.600.3812
Contact for appt.