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Global Design for Change Conference – Spain

November 7, 2017 - November 15, 2017

Back in March Ann Dickinson, 6th grade teacher at Washington Elementary, engaged the 7B Drug Free Coalition with an invitation to join the Design for Change project she was leading with several of her students. Their mission was to create an environment of hope among their peers through multiple avenues. They did things like launched a You Tube channel that explores topics of resiliency and strength, created a “catch a compliment” board at the school, became mentors to younger kids by spending one on one time with these younger kids reading them stories and being their friend, implemented school wide assemblies on hope and friendship, and implemented a “buddy bench” on the playground for anyone who was feeling sad or lonely during recess. In addition, they hoped to reach out to the community to brainstorm ways to reach beyond the walls of their school.
Several coalition members attended a Q and A session where they explored the topics of teen suicide, toxic stress and resiliency. These kids took on a new level of commitment to this cause when they saw how many community members were behind them in this endeavor. They bolstered their You Tube channel and furthered their research on the topic.
They submitted their final project to Design for Change USA, a non profit group that seeks to empower young people to make a difference in their community. They entered a contest that highlighted their work. They competed with hundreds of other groups from across the country. These groups included work on human trafficking from a high school in Seattle, Washington, a social justice group out of Raleigh, North Carolina plus hundreds of others.
Tis group of Washington 6th graders received the top award. These youngsters have been rewarded with an all expense paid trip for 5 of their teammates to attend the Design for Change Global Convention in Madrid, Spain in November. These kids will be presenting their project on a global stage in front of 22 other countries and will highlight the importance of their work within THIS AMAZING community. Sandpoint, Idaho will be featured on the global stage with some of the brightest minds from across the world.
This group is truly incredible and their efforts would not have been as effective without the support and dedication from so many of our very own coalition members. Thank you to everyone who was involved with this project and a HUGE congratulations to Ann Dickinson and her team!!! WAY TO GO WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY DESIGN THINKING! You are truly an inspiration.
Please check out their winning submission here:


November 7, 2017
November 15, 2017