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Turn Empathy Into Action

Join the movement of students creating real solutions to society's most difficult problems

Supporters of Design for Change Global and DFC USA...

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Students have a voice. 
They have opinions. 
Students want to drive change. 

DFC puts the power back into the classroom, so every student has the opportunity to learn how to solve big social issues.

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Our Ongoing Global Impact

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70+

countries

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30,000+

stories of change

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70,000+

teachers trained

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The Design for Change Methodology

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FEEL

IMAGINE

DO

Gather Inspiration
Build Empathy
Analyze the Issue
Frame the Question
Brainstorm Ideas
Select An Idea
Develop a Plan
Get Feedback
Implement the Plan
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SHARE

Make Meaning
Raise Awareness
Inspire Action
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of educators surveyed report that Design for Change increased students' self-motivation to complete tasks and persist through obstacles.

91

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Engage students in a changemaking experience!

Through our platform, student's build awareness around a social cause and design solutions for change.

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Student

Voice

Empathy-building content and activities that increase awareness and center student voice.

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Social
Causes

Focus on the most current, relevant social causes such as racial justice, educational equity and climate action.

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Design
Thinking

Series of design thinking activities that follow a student-centered framework: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share.

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Social
Change

A virtual changemaking platform that guides students to lead change in their own community. 

A Versatile Platform for Students to Share Their Actions

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Choose or create a Learning Path for students

Add team and student info to create the Change-Project

Facilitate DFC Resources and Activities for students to create change

What Educators Think

I also wanted to say thank you all for this content. This speaks to me like nothing else I've encountered. I use the SDGs for projects and your program has been a gem in this rough time of distance teaching.

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Ronald Nober

8th Gr. Teacher

Southampton, NJ

At the end of this project, my students were saying things like, "I feel like I can do anything now!", "I want to be a designer!" and, "I never thought I could do this, but I did it and it feels so great!"... things I never imagined I would hear."

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Dana Kinel

Design Technology Teacher

Sunset Ridge Middle School, Hartford, CT

They never wanted to miss a day from the project. They gave up their free time to do more than they had to. They were thinking critically and problem solving. They made a difference in our school community.

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Patti Andreoles

5th Grade Teacher

P.S.135Q The Bellaire School, Queens, NY

See It In Action

Explore projects from some of the thousands of student teams using Design for Change.

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Best Of All, Our Resources Are Free for Educators!

We provide a free web platform for educators to bring the Design for Change program into their classrooms, in person or virtually.

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