Our Mission

created by educators for educators

We Can Make a Difference (WCMAD) is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to educate and support the youth through our proven and signature programs, events and award-winning team.

WCMAD helps students to identify and build upon their personal skills and talents, and prepare for college and career readiness. Our goals are to empower and guide the youth through career exploration and skills development to prepare them for future success.

Our activities and programs to support the youth include educational workshops and events, e-learning and mentorship to prepare the youth for the workforce, career planning, goal setting and life success.

WCMAD programs are created by educators to optimize learning for the youth in a fun and engaging way. Altogether our team of educators has over 100 years of classroom experience teaching and guiding the youth.

Our Team

We Can Make a Difference (WCMAD) is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. WCMAD is the latest chapter for the DMV area to continue and spread our mission of supporting education and empowering the youth through our signature programs.

Meet the team from the New York City chapter and SBAA headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, where our 501(c)3 nonprofit programs have been operating for almost a decade.

Meet the Founder

Our Programs

Project Pay It Forward

Our Project Pay It Forward program helps young individuals to gain a sense of belonging, instill a sense of community as well as promote the spirit of paying it forward and giving back, so that the youth and community as a whole can benefit and thrive.


eGirl Power

This program helps girl to identify and build upon their personal strengths, develop leadership skills and prepare for career readiness through educational workshops, youth leadership summits, career exploration, mentorship and more, with an additional focus on online safety and cybersecurity basics.



Superhero 9

Our fun and engaging program materials helps everyone discover their inner hero through:

  • Leadership Skills Development
  • Identifying Strengths & Talents
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Character Traits
  • Social Issues

Students who complete our programs with "Superhero 9" learning materials showed average gains of 20% improvement in self-esteem, as measured in self-esteem surveys provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is a growing and imminent need in our nation and throughout the world, and there is a critical talent shortage.

Our Cyber Security program helps the youth learn best practices for online safety, learn key concepts of cybersecurity basics, and explore career pathways in the cybersecurity field.


Did You Know?

Forbes magazine reports that "According to recent estimates, there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions in the industry by 2021."





The Yale Club NYC

Awards Gala

Held in The Yale Club NYC's Grand Ballroom, our Awards Gala is a special event to recognize and honor outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to giving back, and celebrate paying it forward and inspire others to take action. more

film screening community event

Film Screening

Manhattan Community Event

Our community events bring together nonprofit leaders, local representatives and educators to support the youth making a positive impact in the community. more

girls leadership

Empowering the Youth

Educational Workshops

Empowering the youth with the tools and knowledge to build confidence and self-esteem, identify and develop personal strengths, explore potential careers, social causes and more. more

youth summit

Youth Leadership Summit

Youth Leadership Summit

This special summit for the youth helps them to develop leadership skills through guidance and mentorship with positive role models. Above, Keynote Speaker Loreen Arbus mentors attendees at the Youth Summit in Manhattan. more

scholarships for youth

Student Contests

Scholarship Competitions

Past programs of our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization include student competition events for scholarship funds for college and high school students. Held at select cities across the U.S., finalists were eligible to earn money for tuition, books and supplies, and even student loans.


Filming at Battery Park in NYC

Interviews & Filming

Filming & video productions with our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization have spanned the continent from NYC to Mexico, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Indiana and more. more



"Amy Mintz is a nonprofit founder and an educator who incorporates MI in her lessons as a means to improve students' self-esteem and performance.

She has also drawn upon MI to create a [program] about superheroes entitled MI9 Team."

—Dr. Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner is Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He presented the theory of multiple intelligences for the first time in 1983 in the book Frames of Mind. Since then, the theory has been used in a wide variety of contexts and most frequently in education with students of all levels.

"The challenge for youth is to feel as smart as their peers and that they have the chances to use this intelligence. This is especially true for youngsters who lack encouragement where and how they live. Discuss Amy Mintz's new book with youngsters and let them recognize the super hero in themselves."

— Allan Luks, Founding Director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Fordham University
Allan Luks is considered a top expert on volunteerism, and how helping others can benefit one's emotions and physical health. For decades he has directed well-known organizations dedicated to helping others. Luks has authored important books which are credited with having significant national impact, and has initiated and led the passage of laws that have had a significant impact on society.


"I strongly endorse Amy's work."

—Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.
Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is a renowned public intellectual, speaker, professor of preventive medicine, and best-selling author. He is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

"I am so impressed with the work of this [nonprofit]."

— Paul Hovitz, Community Board #1 Manhattan




Help Make a Difference with WCMAD

There are many ways you can get involved! Learn more about our programs and opportunities.