The Design for Change 2015 / 2016 Challenge is now open!

Design for Change is a simple framework:

  • FEEL


    A team of young people engages their community and chooses a problem that's meaningful to them.

  • imagine


    By brainstorming and working together, they imagine a solution that just might work.

  • do


    Through planning and action, they bring
    that solution to life and cause change.

  • Share


    With a viral video, they share and inspire others in their community and worldwide!


Who we are

DESIGN FOR CHANGE is a curriculum and technology platform that builds character, capacity and confidence by engaging young people in social change projects.

We empower

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to be Change Mentors through

  • curriculum

    Our 30 hour design thinking curriculum was built in conjuncton with the nation's foremost thinkers in education, such as Harvard, Stanford and IDEO.

  • tools

    We have a host of tools and resources for mentors and teachers, including a web portal for managing projects, a toolkit to get started easily and other web resources.

  • training

    We conduct 3 hour in person or online training sessions for interested educators! Get trained on the DFC approach and be able to start projects in hours.



By working along side our partner organizations including City Year, Ashoka Youth Venture, Citizen Schools, United Nations International School, and Teach for America, Design for Change continues to empower young people across the USA.

Young people are using Design for Change to address issues such as these in their community: poverty, homelessness, hunger, environment, gangs/violence, drugs, obesity, drop out rates, empathy, stereotypes and bullying.

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Many young people would like to bring about changes in their community, and many adults (including me) urge them to do so. I’m enthusiastic about Design for Change, an organization dedicated to helping young people articulate and pursue their aspirations for their community.

- Howard Gardner
Harvard Graduate School of Education
I very enthusiastically support Design for Change USA because it powerfully mobilizes the wisdom and energy of youth to strengthen communities. It both develops key capacities and ethical commitments in youth and has the potential to improve communities in countless ways.

- Rick Weissbourd
Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
They have really taken to the FIDS model, and even use it to help resolve conflicts in the classroom/on the playground, and solve problems at home. It is wonderful to see how empowering this is for children.

- Erin Threlfell
Teacher, United Nations International School, NY
This experience is the type of activating experience that our students can really grab on to, and really feel inspired by, and continue to develop projects that impact their community…because once one project is implemented and students see the way they can impact their community, it becomes something they continue to want to do!

- Tara Harrington
Teacher, Teach for America
Design for Change USA 2013 Winning Team

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