Seeing is believing,
hearing their story is inspiring.

Stories of Change from DFC USA

What if you witnessed third graders shut down a drug house? What if we told you about fifth graders to creating a pipeline between farmers and those living in food deserts? What if you saw high schoolers increase the number of mental health professionals at their school? Would you believe these stories of change?

At DFC, we not only believe, we have seen what is possible when students are given the tools to drive social change in their community.


Stories of Change from Design for Change USA

In 2018, DFC USA received over 200 projects of change. Each student team identified an issue in their community and used the Feel, Imagine, Do, Share framework to design and implement a solution.

The Story of the 2018 DFC USA Ambassador Team

“SUDS4SOCIETY” By The BellaireSchool (P.S. 135Q), Queens, New York, NY

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During the month of October 2017, there were many students going home with flu. Students researched the causes of the disease and ways to prevent it from spreading.



The flu is both a local and global problem. As such, students chose to address Global Goal #3 - Good Health and Well Being.



Students researched and brainstormed various ideas including the use of surgical masks and promoting hand sanitizers. Ultimately, they developed the campaign to #STOPTHESPREAD through proper hand washing.



Students surveyed their peers to gain insight. They, then, moved forward making and selling soap and further educating their community about healthy hygiene.

Interested in starting Design for Change?

If you are interested in bringing Design for Change to your school or organization, we invite you to become a DFC Champion in your area.


See more of our stories of change in the gallery below


2018 Ambassador Team


By The Bellaire School (P.S. 135Q)

Queens, New York, NY

2017 Ambassador Team

"H.O.P.E : Have Only Positive Expectations"

By Washington Elementary

Sandpoint, ID

2016 Ambassador Team

"Supporting Refugees in Our Community"

By Exploris School

Raleigh, NC

2015 Ambassador Team

"Starfish Program"

By John Winthrop School (City Year)

Dorchester, MA

2014 Ambassador Team

"Trap Houses"

By Charles Rice Learning Center (ACU)

Dallas, TX

2013 Ambassador Team

"Crazy Horse School"

By The Crazy Horse School (TFA)

Pine Ridge, SD