History of BTC

SAALT is proud to present its annual Be the Change (BTC) around the country each year. The success of this program could not be possible without the continued efforts of the community members, volunteers and SAALT staff.Be the Change originated at the University of Michigan in 1997. Since 2000, SAALT has launched and coordinated the event annually on a national level since 2000. Each year, volunteers from the community, universities, businesses, and organizations contribute thousands of hours of community service.

In the past decades, nearly twenty thousand South Asian Americans and their allies have volunteered in their respective communities for a better future. From passing out workers rights information to taxi drivers in New York City to working with a women’s domestic shelter in Chicago, Be the Change has provided opportunities to strengthen our community nationwide by creating service projects that benefit local communities and developing leadership skills among emerging community leaders across the country.

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Past themes of Be the Change include the following:

  • Main theme as of 2012: Stand Together Serve Together
  • 2011: Rise Up in Service
  • 2010: Leading a Movement
  • 2009: Giving in Action
  • 2008: Solidarity in Service
  • 2007: Building Bridges
  • 2006: Addressing Poverty within the South Asian Community