The #DoGoodFromHome Challenge

If you're like us, you’re doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and by washing your hands with gusto - and, yet, you are still looking for a way to do more. At Design for Change, we unwaveringly believe that children can lead change to so many of the world’s challenges. We’re already seeing the positive influence of the youngest generation’s empathy and resourcefulness.

Whether it’s a 17 year old from Washington who created a website that synthesizes real-time data on COVID-19 cases or the Yale junior who organized 1,300 volunteers to deliver food and medicine to vulnerable New Yorkers, our trepidation over the future is punctuated with hope.

We know all young people have the drive and ability to support their community, but the hard part can be figuring out where to start, especially as we practice social distancing. At Design for Change we are excited to launch the #DoGoodFromHome challenge to showcase the compassion and creativity of kids and teens across the country.

What is the #DoGoodFromHome challenge?
It’s a call to action for young people to make a difference, big or small, in their community - from home.

Sound intriguing?
Here are the next steps, using our framework:

1. Feel: We’re all impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Start by identifying people who are impacted in unique ways. For instance, waiters who have lost their jobs, nursing home residents who can no longer host visitors, or people of East Asian descent who are experiencing heightened discrimination. Search for news clips or articles that help better understand how these people may be feeling, or reach out to someone you know who might be directly impacted.

2. Imagine: Consider what you’re feeling and brainstorm creative action you could take.

3. Do: Choose one of your ideas and take action! Consider what you have available. For instance, maybe you have access to a webcam or perhaps there are different clubs you can work alongside. You might decide to write thank you notes to nurses at your local hospital who are working overtime or offer to do a virtual read-aloud for younger children who are missing out on school.

4. Share Build momentum! Upload a photo or video of yourself taking action. Make sure to use the hashtag #DoGoodFromHome and tag us at @DFCUSA on whatever platform you’re using - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat, TikTok! Encourage your friends to complete the challenge too.

We can’t wait to see the impact of this wave of kindness. The action you take for the #DoGoodFromHome challenge, no matter how big or small, is shining light in a world that’s a bit nervous right now. Visit the #DoGoodFromHome site to learn more and get started.

Looking to dive deeper? Check out free resources available on our website to dig into other social issues, complete a Design Sprint or cultivate a larger project!