A changemaker is someone who takes creative action to solve a social problem.* Anyone can be a changemaker: Maybe a changemaker is a parent or grandparent, aunt, or uncle. They could be a neighbor or classmate that has made a difference. Their changemaker may be a teacher, community organizer, doctor, librarian, or friend that rises up to help. A changemaker could be someone you admire but haven’t met. It might even be you!
*Definition from Ashoka.org.
A Different Kind of Award
A blue ribbon for being kind. A gold medal for good neighbors. A silver star for speaking up. A badge of honor for brave leadership and activism. Instead of honoring a famous musician or athlete, we’re inviting students to make awards for changemakers in their local communities and to support other changemakers all around the world.
First, learn about changemakers. Next, create an award using whatever materials you have and share it with us. For every award we receive between now and June 4, 2021, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $5 (up to $1,000,000) to programs supporting changemakers in the U.S. and around the world.
How it Works
1. Register, set, go!
First, register—it’s both easy and required. Then, identify someone who shines. Jump into our resources and join teachers and students worldwide.
2. Brighten their day.
Students make an artistic award for their changemaker—for example, a homemade trophy, blue ribbon, a certificate, pennant, or a gold star. Create an award and share it with us! Include the changemaker’s name and why they’re receiving the award.
3. Light the way.
For each award shared with Students Rebuild, the Bezos Family Foundation will make a $5 donation—up to $1,000,000—to young people and educators leading change in their local communities, throughout the United States and across the world.