Our very own Vice-President, Michael Franklin, was chosen to be the 2023 Chandler Men of Action Man of the Year. He was introduced by Shawn Mitchell, our President and the 2022 Chandler Men of Action Man of the Year. As Michael said in his acceptance speech, "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." This is a good reminder for all of us that Chandler4Change leaders are recognized in our community for their significant contributions.

Shawn Mitchell, C4C President and 2022 Chandler Men of Action Man of the Year

Michael Franklin, C4C Vice-President and 2023 Chandler Men of Action Man of the Year

Chandler residents, South Chandler Self-Help Foundation leadership members, and C4C members join Councilmember O.D. Harris and Mayor Kevin Hartke in the City Council Chambers (88 E. Chicago St.) on Thursday, July, 14, 2022 to commemorate the vote!

july 14, 2022

SOUTHSIDE VILLAGE becomes a Historic Conservation District! 

Honoring History and Heritage


Historic Conservation District to recognize and honor Southside Village History and Heritage

Monday, July 11 at 6:00 pm at the City Council Chambers – this is the City Council Study Session to review the Southside Village Historic Conservation District designation.


Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 pm at the City Council Chambers – this is when the City Council decides. Submit your comment card comment to support Southside Village Historic Conservation District. 


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The Juneteenth Freedom Week Kickoff last night (June 16th) was a multi-cultural experience uniting diverse voices and communities in commemoration and celebration of Juneteenth and Black culture. Amazing things happen when the community comes together. Thank you to all the supporters, sponsors, volunteers and stake holders that contributed to a successful evening.

thursday, June 16, 2022

Chandler Community Partners 


 Juneteenth Freedom Week

FREE, Family Friendly Event!

Freedom Week Kickoff Event will take place at Chandler Gilbert Community College inside of the Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm

Special guest speakers: Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, Councilwoman Christine Ellis of the City of Chandler, and Dr. Matthew Whitaker.

Reception to follow in the Chandler Gilbert Community College - Student Pavilion to include music, entertainment and celebration activities.

Click links below:

Juneteenth Freedom Week Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

Vendor Opportunities


Community Partners include: BASE Arizona, Chandler4Change, Chandler Men of Action, South Chandler Self Help, City of Chandler Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chandler Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Ready Set Go Foundation, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals, NAACP East Valley Branch

Venue sponsored by @chandlergilbertcc


Paint and Sip on Thursday night

Governor's Decree presented at the Opening Ceremony

Afro Scouts Jam Pak perform at the Opening Ceremony

West Alley Fish Fry on Friday night

C4C Booth at Folley Park

Over-40 Double Dutch group perform at Folley Park

Chandler Men of Action Mixer on Sunday afternoon

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined the community to celebrate freedom on Juneteenth! It was HOT, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the moment!

Big shoutout to everyone who helped out! Lots of organizations, vendors, and volunteers collaborated to make Freedom Week a huge success!

Congratulations to Shawn Mitchell, Founder Chandler4Change

Shawn has been recognized by Chandler Lifestyle Magazine as one of the 2021 Men of Chandler. This well-deserved recognition acknowledges Shawn's dynamic work in the community. 

Shawn focuses on youth initiatives through his roles as the principal of Chandler Early College and as a board member with Chandler Boys and Girls Club and East Valley Alliance of Black School Educators. 

In addition, Shawn serves his community by promoting diversity and inclusion as the founder of C4C and by producing events and promoting dialog with the City of Chandler, Chandler Men of Action, and other organizations. Please join us in congratulating Shawn on this honor!

Gloria Garza-Wells Recognized as one of the 2021 Women of Chandler 

Chandler Lifestyle Magazine recognized Gloria as one of the 2021 Women of Chandler. Gloria is one of the founding members of C4C and has been a driving force behind some of our successful events and activities. Gloria tirelessly works to lift up the voices of the underrepresented in Chandler. In addition, Gloria is a CUSD teacher and the Director of Instituto de Folklor Mexicano. Congratulations Gloria!

City of Chandler recognizes C4C founding member, Shawn Mitchell

Check out the FOR OUR CITY City of Chandler Black History blog post featuring Shawn Mitchell!