2021: Changemaker Challenge
Honoring everyday heroes
Shining a light on those making the world brighter
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 invited students to make awards for changemakers in their local communities and to support other changemakers all around the world.
First, students learned about changemakers. Next, students created awards using whatever materials available and shared their awards with us. For every award we received, the Bezos Family Foundation will donated $5 ($1,000,000 in total!) to programs supporting changemakers in the U.S. and around the world.
How it Works
From understanding to action in a few simple steps.
1. Register, set, go!
Nearly 1,000 teams in 57 countries registered for the Changemaker Challenge in an unprecedented year given the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Brighten their day.
Students made over 112,000 awards for changemakers they wanted to celebrate! In addition to submitting art for our Challenge, many shared their awards when possible and spread love and light along the way!
3. Light the way.
In total, $1 million dollars was generated to support young people and educators leading change in their local communities, throughout the United States and across the world.
Check out Changemaker Challenge teams and projects!