Students are learning the essential skills of empathy, creativity, leadership, and teamwork aso that they can thrive in the modern world and find solutions to our most complex problems. We have adapted our methodology for selecting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to identify and select a global network of Changemaker Schools.

Our Story

Ashoka Fellows are extraordinary changemakers. But we believe that everyone needs to become a changemaker.

We believe that everyone should be:

  • equipped with the qualities that best define a social entrepreneur.
  • given the opportunity to become the kind of human being who is fully equipped and inclined to change the world for the better.
  • able to thrive and help us all thrive in the modern world. And that the modern world demands this urgently.

To help everyone become a changemaker, we need to make big changes in the way young people experience education.

We have more than 1,300 Ashoka Fellows globally working with young people and have supported more than 375,000 young people who are practice changemaking in 50 countries. Building on our extensive experience with social entrepreneurs and young people, we are now working to trigger fundamental changes in the educational experience of young people so that everyone can become a changemaker.

Stories from Ashoka's Changemaker School Network in the USA

Changemaker High School

Where Students Are In Charge

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Bodkin Elementary School Embraces a Culture of Meaning

At Bodkin Elementary School in Maryland’s Chesapeake region, 10 and 11 year olds share what it means for them to be powerful today and lead young. Here, young people are learning how to navigate a world that is rapidly changing by following their passions and creating their own solutions to issues...
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Changemaker Schools in the USA

In 2010, Ashoka launched the Changemaker Schools network, with the first elections coming in the United States. Between 2010 and 2016 (when Ashoka closed its Changemaker Schools selections), the Changemaker Schools network in the United States grew to include more than 85 schools across all 50 states.

Below you can find a few examples of the Changemaker Schools within the United States.