Amy Schulz, Feather River College, Quincy, CA

Amy SchulzAmy is an entrepreneurship and project-based learning instructor at Feather River College, a public, community college in Northeastern California. With a student body population where over 90% of students are first generation college and over 80% qualify for federal financial aid, Amy believes it is important that students are equipped with the tools they need to change their situations.

As an educator, Amy strives to teach skills that go way beyond academic basics — like project planning, management, networking, collaboration, documentation and outreach — in hopes of inspiring a new generation of change makers that can harness their own hardships and injustices to make the world better for someone else.

Amy is the faculty advisor of Enactus, a social entrepreneurship organization, and also serves as director of career technical education and economic workforce development.  In 2005, she started the ILP Foster Youth Mentoring project, which pairs local youth in foster care, ages 16-19, with college mentors to prepare for independent living after they age-out of the system. This past year, Amy  led a team of students to Southwestern Uganda to complete a 2-kilometer water pipeline.

“I am a believer that the way to social change is through individual empowerment,” she says. “This can be achieved by giving everyone a purpose, no matter what their backgrounds or challenges.”