Who we are
Design for Change is an international movement of young people who are changing the world!
We are empowering inspiring young minds to apply their character, capacity and confidence to issues that really matter to them!
We work with kids of all ages both in school and outside of school.
to be Change Mentors through
Our 30 hour design thinking curriculum was built in conjuncton with the nation's foremost thinkers in education, such as Harvard, Stanford and IDEO.
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.
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.
Design for Change is a simple framework:
A team of young people engages their community and chooses a problem that's meaningful to them.
Together, young people imagine a solution that just might work.
Working together, young people bring that solution to life.
Young people share and inspire others through a viral video, and present their project to the community!
Why Design for Change?
Because our young people need relevant, meaningful, real-life experiences to grow and apply their strengths. Because our communities need the unique insight and creative confidence of young people to help solve our biggest challenges.
How does it Work?
In dozens of countries around the world, Design for Change has helped thousands of young people make positive change. They've built their skills, boosted their creativity, and discovered what they're truly capable of. And their ideas have impacted thousands of communities.
By working along side our partner organizations including City Year, Ashoka Youth Venture, Citizen Schools, United Nations School, and Teach for America, Design for Change continues empower young people across the USA.
We are active in States such as Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, South Dakota, Texas, Florida, California, New Hampshire, New Orleans, Nebraska, Virginia and Tennessee.
Youth 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.
How do we do it??
We help mentors working with any group of young people, from after-school clubs and extracurricular groups to classrooms and home-schoolers, provide the guidance for youth to develop and apply their
It's easy to start, and the possibilities are limitlesGET STARTED
What’s the impact?
When young people take ownership of their own ideas,
and help bring them to life, the results can be
astounding. Participants have reported feeling
motivated, proud of themselves, closer to to their
communities, and energized to do more.
So who are you?
We're an organization based in Cambridge, Mass. - the U.S. partner of the worldwide Design for Change network. Our mission is to provide opportunities for youth by empowering their mentors through curriculum resources, training, and guidance. Most of our materials are free; some services have a small cost to help us sustain our operations.