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At The Changemaker Project, we equip young people with the tools and skills they need to create a better world.



Students (aged 13-24)

form teams of 2-5 + an adult advisor


Students learn about social + environmental issues in an online course, together with other changemakers from all over the world.


Each team identifies a problem to research, ideates potential solutions, generates a prototype, user-tests, and iterates the design to create an innovative solution.


Teams submit projects for a chance to have them funded-- finalists from around the world will be invited to Global Pitch 2020 in San Francisco!


We are excited to announce the launch of our university program for the 2020 challenge! Are you a professor teaching a project-based learning course, looking to help your students take their projects out of the classroom and into the world?

what our participants are saying

"It inspired me to want to do more for people." - Cydney, New Orleans, LA

"Going from seeing problems to making change, made me feel better about the world." -Jacob, Berkeley, CA

"We learn social issues at schools, but we never try to fix it by ourselves. Changemaker encouraged me to take one step further and make a difference and share it with others." -Shu, Tokyo, Japan

"It is an excellent platform for students around the world to come together and do their part for a better world." -Mohit, Mumbai, India

"I just realize it is easier to make a change than I previously thought. Because of The Changemaker Project I'll try and be more proactive about solving issues in my community." Jacques, Berkeley, CA

"I loved the fact that us as young people can take initiative to change the world into something greater, beyond Trump!" -Kaira, New Orleans, LA

"I enjoyed reading different peoples stories, and getting to understand how they feel about the different issues from that side of the world." -Angel, Arusha, Tanzania

"The changemaker project allowed me to finally have a voice and create something with my friends to help better and expose culture to the world and people around us." -Leilani, New Orleans, LA

"I think it's a great way to get students involved, get students' heads into the world they live in. Get them to stop waiting for someone to change the issues they are aware of and start being that change." -Arwen, New Orleans, LA

Meet The Changemaker Project team

AnnaLise is an educator, artist, and entrepreneur. She holds a BA in philosophy and art from the University of Notre Dame, a EdM from Harvard University, and a CA teaching credential. She has been an elementary school teacher, a nonprofit director, and a sustainable foods startup founder. In 2017 she launched The Changemaker Project because she believes in the power of young people to change the world. AnnaLise also serves on the board of YES Nature to Neighborhoods, a nonprofit focused on bringing Richmond youth into nature. In her free time, AnnaLise enjoys sailing, sewing, art, traveling, and getting into the outdoors as much as possible.

AnnaLise Hoopes

Founder, Executive Director

Laura is a graduate student at Columbia University studying Social Work and Administration. As Head of Partnerships for The Changemaker Project, Laura hopes to bring opportunities for social impact to many more students around the world. She believes that education is the foundation of social change and is very passionate about spreading awareness of social issues at work and in her community. Prior, Laura worked in Partnerships for five years in the technology sector after completing her B.A. in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and biking around the Bay Area where she lives. 

Laura Nguyen

Head of Partnerships

"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference." -Nelson Mandela