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Are you interested in partnerning with Design for Change USA or starting your own DFC Chapter in your commmunity? Learn How.

The 2017 deadline, May 15th, is fast approaching.
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How It Works

Young people from around the United States do projects in their community that not only improve lives but help them build their character. Learn more...

Design for Change is a simple framework:

  • FEEL



  • imagine



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  • Share



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To Help Young People Be The Change
We do this through...

  • training

    In person or online training for teachers and mentors on the DFC approach so they can get start projects with their students in just hours.

  • curriculum

    Dozens of easy to use activities for different age groups, each 30 or 60 minutes long and focused on specific 21st century skills.

  • support

    Easy to use web portal including project management tools, case studies with impact analyses, webinars and a handy toolkit to get started easily!

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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