Turn Empathy Into Action

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

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Activate young people to take action on social causes.

Connect students to social causes through podcasts and
activities that support them in turning empathy into action.


of teachers surveyed report that Design for Change increased students' self-motivation to complete tasks and persist through obstacles.

Different Paths for Engaging

Your students learn about a social cause through our high quality podcasts.
You then engage them on 3 different paths:


A quick way to get engaged with a specific social cause and for your students to think critically about it.

Time Commitment:
1 hour total
(in classroom)

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

Time Commitment:
5 hours total
(in classroom)

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Lesson plans that take your students into the community to discover issues they care about and do something about them.

Time Commitment:
10+ hours
(in and out of classroom)

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Use a 4 step design framework to catalyze students to change their community and themselves:

Feel :: Empathize


Build Empathy

Imagine :: Brainstrom


Brainstorm Ideas

Do :: Prototype


Implement Solutions


Inspire Others


Design for Change... 

  • Combines design thinking and doing good
  • Includes a library of podcasts aligned to the UN Global Goals
  • Is flexible and responsive to your context and can fit into in-school, after-school or outside of school environments
  • Results in the development of key 21st Century skills including empathy, creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration

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Thousands of organizations are using Design for Change today... here are just a few:


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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


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Design for Change spans 6 continents.


Countries Participating


Student Stories of Change


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