We're looking for your ideas!
Students know it's time for change. So, we want to know—how would you solve the challenge you see every day as a young person? Identify a problem you care about, come up with your idea, and step into your power. The Challenge is open to ideas at all stages, whether you have already started a project or just come up with an idea and want to take your first step. You have the answers! To apply, select the application button above that corresponds to your current grade in school.
Educators, join your students on this journey. Bring the Time for Change Youth Challenge into your classroom and support young people as they generate new ideas that can make a big impact in their worlds.
The Time for Change Youth Challenge is a collaboration of First Book and Ashoka designed to spark transformative changemaking journeys in young people as part of our Time for Change initiative. Our work is made possible by Audemars Piguet. Challenge participants must be students enrolled at a Title I-eligible, Tribal, or Military Base school.
Congratulations to the Time for Change Youth Challenge Early Entry Winners!
We are thrilled to share the following, exciting projects from young Changemakers with a vision!
Leia's Library (4th Grade)
Next Gen Reading Garden (5th Grade)
Green Clean (6th Grade)
Learning Quest - Accessible Learning for All (10th Grade)
Happi Readers, Inc. (11th Grade)
BookBinders Initiative (11th Grade)
Snack Station for Sharp Students (11th Grade)
Remember that the final deadline for entry is January 18th at 11:59 PM ET!
- September 19th
- October 17th
Early Entry Deadline (11:59 PM ET / 8:59 PM PT)
- November 16th
Early Entry Winners Announcement
- January 18th
Final Deadline (11:59 PM ET / 8:59 PM PT)
You are a Changemaker! You have an idea that you think can make a real difference in other peoples’ lives or for the planet.
Whether your idea is new to your school, community, or state you’re using creative thinking to tackle a problem in a different way.
You have identified a problem in your school or community that you feel connected to, and you’re interested in working with other people to solve it.
Ready to Take
You have a clear understanding of a problem you want to address and you’re ready to take your next step. You have a plan for the first 3 steps you want to take.
Have an idea to change your community?
Click “Apply Here” below to log in and start your application.
Have questions? Check out our FAQ here or visit our support page here. Still have questions? You can email us at [email protected] for updates about the Time for Change Youth Challenge and other opportunities.
First Book educators can text CHANGE to 89304 for updates about the Time for Change Youth Challenge and additional changemaking resources. Youth participants (13 and older) can text CHANGEMAKER to (571) 622-1066 for application reminders and support. You can find our Terms and Conditions here.