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About Students Rebuild Video

Make global citizens. And art.

Part art project, part philanthropy, part immersion in global learning, Students Rebuild Challenges connect K-12 students worldwide in a common effort to make a difference, while giving you the tools and flexibility to teach your way.

Our Unique Model

Holistic learning. For an hour, a semester, or a year.

In addition to an engaging art project, every Students Rebuild Challenge comes with rich opportunities and free resources for exploring other cultures, geography, and more. Online video conferencing brings students from other countries into your classroom and makes our global community more personal.

Art as a means for change.


When students make art for someone else, they’re all in—mind, body, and spirit. And art equals action—it’s something everyone, everywhere can do.

Designed for busy teachers.


Students Rebuild projects can be scaled from a single class to a full year. We provide the free resources to help you teach within whatever time and space you have.

Touching lives globally.


Funds generated through Students Rebuild support on-the-ground programs by trusted NGOs like CARE, Save the Children, The Nature Conservancy, charity: water, and others.

Past Challenges

Each student's contribution adds up to impact.

Since 2010, more than one million participants in 83 countries and all 50 U.S. states have created nearly 6 million works of art and raised more than $5 million dollars, benefiting over 50,000 children around the world. See the difference students have made—from 2010 through the present.

2020: Hunger Challenge

Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition


Tens of millions of children around the world go to bed hungry or malnourished each night—but students from around the world changed that. Through the Hunger Challenge, students were able to mobilize $2.3 million for programs fighting hunger. Learn more below.

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2019: Ocean Challenge

Ocean conservation


The world’s ocean and the people who live closest to it face urgent environmental challenges—but the actions of young people made a collective wave of support. Students made over 250,000 sea creatures which were each matched with a donation from the Bezos Family Foundation. In total, $500,000 was donated to ocean conservation and programs training coastal youth in ocean conservation.

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2018: Facing Difference Challenge

Engaging Difference


We invited students to create self-portraits and use them as a springboard for exploring the ways differences keep us apart—and how they can be overcome. The art that poured in generated $600,000 for peace-building programs in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus.

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2017: Youth Uplift Challenge

Youth Empowerment


Over 115,000 students in 28 countries made 250,000+ hands for the Youth Uplift Challenge! For every hand you made and sent in, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves.

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2016: Healing Classrooms Challenge

Syrian Refugee Crisis


Teams from around the world made over 200,000 paper pinwheels! The Bezos Family Foundation matched each pinwheel with $2 for a total donation of $400,000 to support the International Rescue Committee's Healing Classrooms programs in Iraq and Lebanon.

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2015: Literacy Challenge

Access to Literacy Programs


Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world. For each bookmark we received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1—raising $300,000 in total—for Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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2014: Water Challenge

Clean Water


In partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, Students Rebuild brought clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. For every 20 handmade beads made by students, one person received access to clean water thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Who are we

A Program of the Bezos Family Foundation.

Students Rebuild is operated and funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, a private, independent foundation based in Seattle. Guided by the belief that all young people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential and meaningfully contribute to society, the Foundation invests in the science of learning and the experiences that young people from birth through high school need to learn and thrive. Matching funds for each Challenge are donated by the Foundation and given to [benefiting partners]( "Partners"). Each partner is carefully vetted at the outset of each Challenge for their capacity to make lasting impact in the communities they serve.

Where the Art Goes

Each Challenge ends with a powerful culminating exhibit.

At the end of each Challenge, we partner with an artist to combine individual art pieces into a compelling collective exhibit that promotes wider awareness of the issue at hand.!
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Ocean Challenge - Students Rebuild - Shedd Aquarium FINAL

Check out this great article from Chicago’s local PBS about our Students Rebuild Ocean Challenge art exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.

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Over 1,000 unique pieces of art were used in our Ocean Challenge art exhibit at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago!

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From bubble wrap octopi to compact disc sea turtles, recycled bottle fish to eggcrate clams and painted paper clownfish - students around the world made awesome art!

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Many classrooms and groups are creating large ocean displays. This one is from Sea Saviors team of the 1st College Heights Girls Guides of Canada. Their team has submitted 38 creatures so far and raised $76!