The Design for Change (DFC) global movement was founded in 2009 by world-renowned educator Kiran Sethi, who believes that if young people are empowered and made to feel that they could take matters into their hands, they would change the world for the better. Kiran Sethi relied heavily on her background as an industrial designer to pilot the first design-thinking guide for young people across India. Every year teams from around the world submit social change projects based on the Design for Change framework. An Ambassador Team is selected to attend an all-expenses-paid trip to the DFC Global Conference that brings together teams from across the world to share and celebrate their projects, and to inspire others. Any group of young people (K–12) with an adult mentor may be selected as the 2018 Design for Change Student Ambassador Team by doing a project in their school or community using the four steps of the Design for Change methodology: Feel, Imagine, Do, Share. To see what the “life cycle” of a DFC project looks like, students and mentors can watch a short documentary film from 2016 on YouTube. In addition, a free web portal provides access to dozens of activities that stretch across multiple skillsets. (Registration and login are required.)
Deadline: May 15, 2018, for submission of projects
From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Ellis Island Oral History project is dedicated to preserving the firsthand recollections of immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island immigration station during that period and the employees who worked there.
The United States Diplomacy Center’s education programs immerse students in the world of American diplomacy and the critical work of the United States Department of State. At the heart of the center’s education programs is Discover Diplomacy, a freediplomacy simulationsprogram that allows students and teachers to experience what it is like to be a diplomat while grappling with complex foreign affairs topics.
Out of Eden is a freeonline program for students aged 3–19 that has served more than 20,000 students in 57 countries. On Out of Eden Learn’s social media platform, students of similar ages from diverse geographical and socioeconomic settings come together for collective learning experiences.