How It Works

Design for Change is a global movement of young people who are changing the world!

  • Who: Any group of young people (K-12) with an adult mentor such as a teacher, parent, youth leader or coach.
  • How: Teams dream up and lead social change projects in their own schools/communities using the DFC methodology.
  • What: Teams implement their projects and submit a video documenting their success by the deadline: May 15, 2017.
  • And Then: Each team is evaluated by an expert panel of judges and a winning team is selected to attend the DFC Global Conference.

The Methodology

Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas to solve a problem. Design for Change takes young people through 4 stages:


Feel
Young people observe and list the issues in their community that bother them.

Imagine
They interact with folks in their community to identify points of intervention and solutions.

Do
They develop and implement an action plan, keeping in mind resources, budget and time.

Share
They share their story of change and inspire others to get involved or do their own project.

The Do Good Be Good Program

Working with Design for Change is easy. We offer everything from free activities to comprehensive program management.

    Activities
  • Over 50 activities designed by experts
  • Each activity is 30 or 60 minutes
  • Teach 21st century skills like empathy, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and more
    Resources
  • Web platform that helps mentors through each step
  • Interactive tutorials and videos and project management
  • Action plans customized to the organization’s needs
    Training & Support
  • 3 or 5 hour custom interactive workshops that teach design thinking and the DFC methodology
  • Onsite training and remote webinars
  • E-mail, phone and live chat support

The Global Challenge

Every year, teams submit their projects in video form to be judged by a panel of experts. The winning team is awarded an all expenses trip to the The DFC Global Conference that brings together teams from across the world to share and celebrate their projects, and most importantly, inspire others! This two day event is filled with presenters, interactive workshops, music, fun and games!


Winning Stories of Change

2016 Winner

"Supporting Refugees in Our Community"
By Exploris School, Raleigh, NC

2015 Winner

"Starfish Program"
By John Winthrop School (City Year), Dorchester, MA

2014 Winner

"Trap Houses"
By Charles Rice Learning Center (ACU), Dallas, TX

2013 Winner

"Crazy Horse School"
By The Crazy Horse School (TFA), Pine Ridge, SD

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