Seeing is believing.

Our Impact Around The Country

Do you believe that... 3rd graders can shut down a drug house? 5th graders can create a pipeline between farmers and food deserts? High school students can increase support for mental health at their school? We do.

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.

10,000 +

students in the USA have changed their community in a positive way through Design for Change


of teachers surveyed report that DFC increased students' self-motivation to complete tasks and persist through obstacles


surveyed report that DFC increased students' empathy for the experiences of others


surveyed report that DFC increased students' engagement with problem-solving for their schools or communities*


Students realized empathy is the key to action
Students learned to seek the root cause of local issues by listening to the voices of those closest to the problem.
Students learned skills to create change
Teachers reported students improve in their ability to work as a team, to listen to one another, and to adjust to and persist through obstacles.
Students felt a sense of agency
Teachers reported that participating in DFC unleashes passion and unlocks potential in students, who come to see themselves as real agents of change.
Impact was transformative and long lasting
Teachers reported that the skills learned by students transcend their involvement with DFC and allowed young people to improve relationships, schoolwork, and their view of themselves.
Students found meaning in their education
Teachers reported that students discover new motivation for their education after seeing real-world applications of skills applied through DFC projects such as reading, critical reasoning, argumentation, research, and math.

Top Stories From 2019

Previous Years' Ambassador Teams

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