Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to participate?

All students (aged 13-24) anywhere in the world can participate. Students must be comfortable reading/writing/speaking in English, and have access to an internet connection.

When is the deadline to register?

We accept students on a rolling basis, but we recommend getting started at the beginning of the school year to ensure you have enough time to get through the curriculum and create a successful project.

Can students participate in the program outside of school?

Yes! We encourage students to participate inside or outside of school, at a youth group, or anywhere you have an internet connection and a supportive adult to be your team advisor.

How many students can be on a team?

We encourage teams of 2-5 students, however we will make exceptions for students who prefer to work alone.

How much does it cost to participate?

The registration fee for students to participate is $100. This cost includes access to the online course platform, a 90-minute live course every week from Oct.-May, virtual support from mentors, and eligibility for the global pitch competition.

We are committed to offering scholarships to any student or school that needs financial support.

How long does the program run?

The Changemaker Program curriculum contains about 40 hours of content, but can be modified to fit the needs of almost any course or after school program. Our Global Pitch competition happens in February each year, when finalists compete for funding for their projects, so if students want funding they should get started in January at the latest. Our Changemaker Showcase in June is the culminating event of the program, where we highlight and celebrate our most high-impact student projects.

What is a team advisor?

A team advisor is an adult who supports a team. This can be a teacher, professor, parent, youth group leader, coach, or any other adult in the community.

How is the program implemented in schools?

The Changemaker Project can be implemented at the middle or high school level as either an extra curriculuar school club or as a part of the school curriculum. As a school club, students opt-in to participate and form as many teams as they like. Clubs are encouraged to join our 90-minute weekly live course (each Wednesday at 9am or 4pm PST) to learn the curriculum alongside other students from around the globe. The Changemaker Project can also be implemented directly in the curriculum of any project-based learning course (English, Science, Computer Science, History, etc). Our social justice modules comprise about 10 hours of curriculum and our Design Thinking modules are also about 10 hours. Content can be molded to fit into your current program quite easily, as they are designed to be flexible and supplement the content you already have. We recommend students complete an additional ~10 hours outside of school to work on their projects. Schools don't have to choose between implementing TCP as a student club or as part of the curriculum; we have plenty of schools who do both!

Can a team advisor support multiple teams?

Yes; most of them do!

How much of a time commitment is involved for team advisors supporting a middle or high school club?

We recommend that club members attend our weekly Wednesday live calls (advisors are not required to attend these calls), and then have a short (20-30 min) lunch meeting with their advisor each week or so to check in.

he time commitment may increase at the end of the program, as students are completing their final projects, and it will vary based on the scope of the project and the needs of the team.

How much of a time commitment is involved for students participating in TCP as part of a middle high school club?

It's really up to each team how much time they want to put into The Changemaker Project. The more time a team puts in, the greater the chances that their project will be successful and stand out in the competition. We recommend attending the weekly live call each Wednesday (90 minutes) and then having a short meeting (20-30 minutes) with your team and advisor each week. The time put in outside of that is up to each individual team.

Do team advisors need to complete background checks?

Classroom teachers do not need to complete background checks in order to advise teams, since they are already cleared through their school district. Everyone else (parents, youth leaders, etc.) will need to complete a Livescan background check report in order to ensure the safety of all students. If needed, we can reimburse team advisors for the cost of the background check (usually it costs around $20-25 and can be done at most copy shops.)

If you are a team advisor for students aged 18+, you do not need to complete a background check.

What is the goal for the final project?

Final projects are judged based on how well they solve a given problem in the world. All projects will be evaluated based on a rubric which will be released during the online course and outline the criteria that should be taken into consideration when designing your project.

What kinds of projects do students create?

Students can create any kinds of projects they dream up which solve a problem in the world! This could range from an act of service, an invention, an art project, an educational campaign, a technology product, or a startup.

Check out our 2021 final projects here.

What is the format of the final product that gets submitted to judges?

The final projects are submitted for judging in the form of a 2-minute video. The video should showcase the project you have created in a very clear and compelling way, with voiceover to explain why you created it, what need it fills, how much funding you are asking for, and exactly how you will use the funding.

What are the important deadlines?

Our deadlines for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows: Feb. 1st: Project Proposals Due Feb. 10th: Pitch videos due for Global Pitch May 15th: Final videos due for Changemaker Showcase inclusion

Before submitting these documents, you must be enrolled in our online course and we recommend you enroll at the start of the school year (or at least at the start of January) so that you can get the most of the course content and resources to help you in developing your project.

What happens after projects are submitted for Global Pitch?

Once projects are submitted, we have a preliminary round of judging. Finalists are selected to participate in a virtual, crowdfunded Global Pitch event, where they will pitch to our community of philanthropists to win funding for their projects.

How much funding should teams request in their pitch?

The amount of funding you request will depend entirely on the scope of your project and what it requires in order to be successful. Smaller funding requests may be more likely to get funded, but it's also possible to obtain larger donations if the pitch is compelling and the funds are going to be put to good use. We will have some lessons in the online course dedicated to funding, to help you plan a budget for your project and make a funding request that’s appropriate for the scope of the work you’re doing.

What happens to projects that don’t get funding?

As part of our curriculum, we have each team create a GoFundMe page for their project. This allows them to begin the fundraising process for their project by utilizing their own network. This way, even if a team doesn't win funding at Global Pitch, they can still secure the funds they need to make their project a success.

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How is the program implemented at universities?

At the university level, students can participate in The Changemaker Project in one of two ways: 1.If you are already doing a project for one of your courses, and it has a positive effect on the world, you can submit your project to our challenge to win funding. 2. Outside of your courses, you can also form a Changemaker Project club at your school (or build it into an existing club with a social/environmental justice mission) Within your club, you can form teams and access our online content to help you build an innovative solution to a problem that you care about.

Do you offer professional development for Team Advisors/teachers?

Yes, we require teachers to go through an online course (about 2 hours) before teaching The Changemaker Project program. We also offer live trainings for teachers to meet one another, get their questions answered, and learn best practices for teaching our curriculum. Sign up on our teacher's page to find out about upcoming live trainings.