New Interns - Summer 2018

We welcomed three new interns to Change is Simple this month! We are excited to have their energy and talents to help with our many summer activities and to help support our program. Our mentors are a huge and important part of our work and the positive impact on, and connection with the kids is somethings we can truly feel through our work in the classroom, and beyond. Meet them below:

Ryan Dondero ::  I’m from Long Island, New York. I am currently approaching my fourth year as Mechanical Engineering at Northeastern University. The reason I chose Change is Simple is because I want to take a different direction with my life and test out the environmental education field, while also trying to make better choices in my day to day life. My family phased out a lot of plastic waste a few years ago, such as not buying plastic water bottles anymore. I want to learn from this co-op how to become more environmentally friendly, and be influenced by like minded people who share the same goal. Oh, and I love kids.



Ethan Janis ::  am 24 years old and I hail from Foster Rhode Island. I graduated from Keene State College in 2016 with a degree in History and Environmental Science. Upon graduating from college, I realized my passion for working with children and teaching them about the importance of the natural world and our impact on it. Change Is Simple is the perfect organization to get me into the field of environmental education and I am stoked to be part of it!

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Carlos Benavides! I am a physics major at Northeastern University originally from Jefferson Township, New Jersey. I’m at Change Is Simple because I have a passion for teaching. I want to learn how to educate people in and out of the classroom about the world and how they can make an impact!



Kicking off summer with good news


Remember being a kid in the summer? You daydreamed about it all year long. Biking through the neighborhood, hours of Marco Polo, long hot car rides in the station wagon, a chance to try new things and go on adventures. We hope to give kids magical moments to remember this summer on some fabulous adventures on the water, leaving them with memories to keep them dreaming through those colder months. Ten awesome kids recently joined in our first summer paddle adventure alongside Co-Founder & environmental scientist Lauren, learning about the creatures, treasures and sustainability in their community. We are so thankful for grants from Keen Shoes, New Belgium and Isle Surf and SUP which made this possible. We will be dream-making and paddling at different locations on the North Shore all summer long. Check out our site for upcoming dates and locations and to book your spot! 

Advancing STEM, Sustainability & Climate Education with new partner schools

The Change is Simple program started in 1 classroom over 7 years ago. The intent was to develop a program to fit into all schools for all learners. A learner centric program, not focused on the what but on the who and why. For this reason our program could be picked up and moved to Iowa or Alaska or Nevada and the outcomes and student engagement would be exactly the same. (we plan to make that happen some day.)  With that said we want aim to create authentic learning experiences and quality programming for partner schools. Because of your support we have been able to offer the program to more schools this year and will be able to reach even more next year. 

We are pleased to announce new partnerships with Danvers, Salem, Revere, Marblehead, and Harborlight Montessori. Some launched this spring while others will begin in Sept. These schools are partnering with CiS to advance STEM learning, and inspire sustainably minded children who are problem solving for today and tomorrow. 

Change is Simple is funded largely through individual donations from people who have experienced the programming firsthand and want to see the organization grow and expand. It is also funded by grants and corporate support. The organization is a 2013 Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grantee, the 2017 Greater Beverly NonProfit of the Year, and a Project Green Schools award winner, and is also supported by corporations, including Cell Signaling, New England Biolabs, and National Grid. We are only able to reach new schools because of this generous support.

Last month, the Belmontes celebrated milestones from seven years of teaching, including educating 20,000 students, at the first annual ChangeMaker dinner, honoring donors who contribute $1000 or more. A $1000 donation funds an entire classroom for a year. The ChangeMakers have donated $125,000 to date. The event was hosted by Sean Ward at Peirce Farm at Witch Hill in Topsfield.

From starting in one classroom in Beverly in 2011, to now serving over 30 schools annually, the influx of funding, and word of mouth about the program has allowed CiS to expand to additional communities which will continue to grow this fall to incorporate Danvers, Essex, Marblehead, Salem and Revere.