2022: World Needs Challenge

Sparking global change through art⁠–⁠ivism

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Student Rebuild World Needs Challenge

Addressing five of the world’s most pressing issues

This year, we’re inviting students from around the world to join us in a choose-your-own-adventure-style Challenge tackling five big issues to support some of the greatest needs in our global community. Students will become “art-ivists,” designing posters to amplify the messages they care about and expressing themselves with colors, images and words. For every artwork you create between now and June 3, 2022, the Bezos Family Foundation will make a donation to programs meeting global needs. Ready to move art into action? Register to participate, then read more below.

How it Works

From understanding to action in 1-2-3.

We’re inviting students to deepen their understanding of some of the world’s greatest needs—and use it as a catalyst for action—by taking three simple-but-powerful steps:

1. Register, set, go.

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First, register—it’s both easy and required. Then, jump into our resources and join teachers and students worldwide in this year’s Challenge.

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2. Art up!

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Students can choose one of five causes to support. Next, students learn more about their issue and find inspiration for their art. We provide free lessons and content, or you can use your own. When ready, submit your art online.

3. Support what the world needs now!

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For each piece of art we receive, the Bezos Family Foundation will make a $5 donation—up to $2.5 million—to organizations addressing some of our world’s biggest needs.

Get Started

Get Started with the World Needs Challenge

To jump into action, use our Leader Guide, Art Making Guide and watch our short introduction video, all posted below. Explore additional learning materials on our Resources page. All are flexible enough for any setting and designed to maximize student engagement while minimizing prep time. Many meet national standards. And all are free of charge.
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Why world needs?

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Our big five.

After moving through a worldwide pandemic, each of the following needs has surfaced as more relevant and resonant than ever: clean oceans, humanitarian aid for refugees, hunger relief, overcoming bias and arts activism. In order to address all of these critical issues and more facing the world today, what the world needs most is...YOU!

Students select the issues that matter most.

Students learn about and choose a world need they are inspired to help. Next, they create art to amplify the cause — be it a poster, button or pennant — to illustrate why it’s important and to raise awareness for the issue. For every artwork we receive between now and June 3, 2022, a donation of $5 (up to $2,500,000) will go to programs working to alleviate needs around the globe.

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How the money will help.

Funding students generate will support multiple organizations and programs, including The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to address rising ocean climate; No Kid Hungry’s global hunger relief work; International Rescue Committee’s human rights work serving refugees; CARE USA and The King Center’s education efforts towards peacemaking and anti-racism; and Creative Reaction Lab’s programs to put art into action. Altogether, the World Needs Challenge will help make a difference for more than one million young people worldwide.

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Join a global community of caring.

Students from all over the globe are taking the World Needs Challenge, and new ones are joining the effort all the time. Register to be added to the map, then check back to discover the location of new teams as they join. Click the icons to learn how the programs you’re funding are making a difference.
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Have you registered?

Registering is free, easy, and ensures that every artwork you create results in a donation. (It’s also required.)

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Updates

World Needs Challenge Updates

Meet our partners, read inspiring notes, and see creative artwork from teachers and students around the world.

Want a behind the scenes look of the young people who worked with #WorldNeedsChallenge partner Global Nomads Group to create our resource videos?

This year, we’re inviting students from around the world to join us in a choose-your-own-adventure-style Challenge tackling five big issues to support some of the greatest needs in our global community.

Watch the World Needs Challenge launch video!

Create art to amplify the cause — be it a poster, button or pennant — to illustrate why it’s important and to raise awareness for the issue. For every artwork we receive between now and June 3, 2022, a donation of $5 (up to $2,500,000) will go to programs working to alleviate needs around the globe.

Teachers, share how you're using the Students Rebuild Challenge with your class.