WANTED: 100 North Carolina educators committed to empowering our children to transform the world, through local action

Design for Change, is a framework that assists educators in designing meaningful student-led projects. When students participate in DFC, they join a coalition of over 1 million young people around the world saying, “I CAN make an impact!”

We will have a fall cohort August-Dec 2019 (60 educators), and a second one Feb-May 2020 (40 educators). Participants may attend the one-day workshop in Raleigh, Wilmington, or a site in the TBA west.  The sessions will be a combination of virtual and in-person workshops for K-16 teachers, youth group leaders, and after-school program mentors/facilitators (1 CEU is available).

Participation Includes:

  • Learning through ten hours of in-person and virtual workshops
  • Coaching and mentoring from award winning educators and designers
  • Networking with innovative educators and community partners
  • Developing a design thinking mindset and toolbox to engage students in creating innovative solutions to complex, real-world problems
  • Leading a Design for Change project in your school/community
  • Capstone share and a youth summit celebrating Design for Change project work in North Carolina.


Cost:  $250  Link to pay by credit card.  Checks: Exploris Foundation, 401 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, 27603

Important dates for 2019 Design for Change (DFC) Cohort:

Thursday, Sept 12, 2019   Virtual Check In 4:30 pm (Optional) *All participants.
Saturday, September 14, 2019  (Raleigh)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 (Wilmington)

Saturday, September 28, 2019 (TBA -West)

Workshop: DFC Design Sprint 8:30am -3:30pm

Light breakfast and lunch provided   

*20 participants per site.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 Virtual Meet Up 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Optional) *All participants.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 Virtual Meet Up 4:00  – 5:00 pm. (Optional) *All participants.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 Fall Cohort Culminating Brunch 9am-12pm *All participants.
Wednesday, May 15, 2020 Design for Change USA Applications due!
TBA Saturday, May 16, 2020    NC DFC Youth Summit *Spring/Fall Cohorts


Events are organized by Exploris educators and DFC’s Champions for Change in NC. Jessie Francese (Jessie@exploris.org)  and Shannon Hardy (Shannon@exploris.org)

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