We Turn Empathy Into Action

Join other educators helping over 1 million young people worldwide positively impact their communities.

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What is Design for Change?

Our program equips young people to transform empathy into social action through innovative and collaborative experiences. We use a simple four step framework:

Feel :: Empathize

Feel

Empathize

Imagine :: Brainstrom

Imagine

Brainstorm

Do :: Prototype

Do

Prototype

SHARE

Inspire

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Global Goals 

Design for Change is aligned with the UN Sustainable Global Goals. Young people use the 17 Global Goals and the World's Largest Lesson to guide their projects and focus on high impact issues in their community.

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Our Programs for Educators

Several ways for you to engage your students or develop your own skills.

DESIGN SPRINTS

Brief classroom activities that build empathy around a social issue and introduce design thinking concepts.

Time Commitment:
4 hours

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COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Expert-designed lesson plans and activities that build a custom and immersive design thinking experience.

Time Commitment:
Around 20 hours

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WORKSHOPS

Experiential PD workshops introducing educators to design thinking and the DFC methodology.

Time Commitment:
2 hours | 1/2 Day | Full Day

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Wondering where to begin?

Check out some inspiring stories to get a feel for how it works.

REAL LIFE STORIES OF CHANGE

What do educators think?

I love that my students learned to listen to each other better. They learned to share ideas, carefully critique each other and move forward. It was incredible and I hope they retain these communication and respect qualities for a lifetime.

Charlene Hitchcock

2nd Gr. Teacher
Washington Elementary School, Sandpoint, ID

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."

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.

Patti Andreoles

5th Grade Teacher
P.S.135Q The Bellaire School, Queens, NY

We have reached over 10,000 young people in the USA

Learn about our impact in the 2018 / 2019 school year

OUR IMPACT ANALYSIS

We Are Global

Design for Change spans 6 continents.

70

Countries Participating

30,000+

Student Stories of Change

70,000+

Teachers Trained

Awards & Recognition

We're proud to be recognized on multiple platforms.

Best of All, Our Resources Are Free!

CHECK OUT NEXT STEPS

Design for Change USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about how you can support us.