Sharpen Your Toolkit: Bootcamp for Youth Workers to Build Intentional Communities is a virtual training platform featuring 5 new learning experiences for youth development practitioners during distance learning and beyond.  

Learn more about the unique 2.5-hour workshops at Trainings. Then sign up to reserve your spot at Register.

When & Where

October 20–December 1, 2020
(5 Tuesdays)
Trainings on Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM (Pacific time)
All sessions will be hosted on Zoom. 

If you have never used Zoom before, go to https://zoom.us/ to download the software and sign up for a free account. We recommend you do a test run to ensure that your system preferences are set to permit access to Zoom, so you won’t run into any technical trouble on your first training.


This is for youth development organizations and youth development practitioners. If you work in out-of-school time, after school, or community-based organizations, Sharpen Your Toolkit is for you. Anyone around the world is welcome to participate!

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Founded in 2010, Be the Change Consulting is a woman-of-color-owned, BIPOC-staffed, for-profit organization located in Oakland, California. We specialize in equity and inclusion, youth development, and capacity building. We have over 15 years of experience working in the field of youth development as consultants, teachers and educators, after school program staff, and more. Learn more at bethechangeconsulting.com. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram (@bethechangeconsulting) to hear about all our projects in antiracism, strategic consulting, and more. 


Jenji Hysten

Jenjii is an advocate, teacher, student, facilitator and a voice for the voiceless. In her 15+ years, Jenjii has served as a Program Director, Executive Director, Dean of Students, Curriculum Designer. Jenjii holds a BA in Interdisciplinary-Studies-Urban Economic Development (UCB), is an Ordained Reverend, holds a Compass point ED certificate and is currently pursuing Certified Life Coach certificate. Jenjii is a great cook and enjoys biking, reading and exploring new places with her husband and two sons.

Fong Marcolongo
Training and Capacity Building / Trainer / Coach

Fong’s expertise resides in program design, staff development, youth development, and specializes in creating interactive visual frameworks for group collaboration and strategic visioning. Fong has over 12 years of working in the non-profit sector, where she served as a direct line staff, Site Coordinator, Program Director, and Curriculum Developer. Fong uses her graphic facilitation skills to lead participants in their process design using creativity to achieve fruitful outcomes. She studied Global Affairs at the University of San Francisco.

R Morgan

Rooben Morgan is a seasoned after-school educator, trainer, and coach with a home, jobs, and friends in the Bay Area. He has worked on curriculum building, namely for afterschool spaces to focus on SEL and individualized learning. He is also a fervent advocate of collective bargaining for afterschool staff, so they can rightfully receive appropriate wages, proper training, and fair representation. When not trying to impress no one with his non-existent dancing skills, he can be seen wandering amongst the woods, wearing a contemplative look, just breathing.

Shelley Kuang
Zoom Host/Production Assistant

Shelley Kuang is a multigenre artist and organizer. Before joining Be the Change Consulting as a Production Assistant, Shelley has worked as an educator enacting student-led college access programming, advising a youth-led dance team, and facilitating behavioral and mental health education. Later, she honed her mixed-methods data collection, analytic and production skills while working with an evaluations research firm. She received her BA in Human Development from UC San Diego. Shelley works with Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA and the Asian Prisoner Support Committee.

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Contact Fong Marcolongo at fong@bethechangeconsulting.com  or Shelley Kuang at shelley@bethechangeconsulting.com.