Time for Change: Dream, Act, Change Our World

Young Changemakers in Action
Source: First Book

A collaboration between First Book, Ashoka, and Audemars Piguet. Discover more about “Time for Change: Dream, Act, Change Our World” on First Book’s website.  


The Opportunity:  

First Book, the largest online community of educators serving young people from low-income communities, and Ashoka launched Time For Change: Dream, Act, Change Our World, an initiative designed to further educational equity through changemaking made possible by Swiss watchmaker, Audemars Piguet.  

Time For Change is founded on the understanding that a world of accelerated change requires everyone, regardless of geography, race, or socio-economic background, to adapt to and create change for the common good.  

The initiative will reach young people from low-income and historically excluded communities and build on their unique perspectives and lived experiences to solve the problems they care about, equipping educators and the adults in their lives with the mindset and tools to support them as powerful changemakers. At this time of tremendous change and opportunity, this effort will catalyze a movement to make changemaking the norm for all young people. 

The program will: 

  • Introduce the Power of Changemaking: Shift mindsets and engage educators and young people in the importance of changemaking as a path to equity. 

  • Equip and Empower Changemakers: Equip educators to empower and inspire young people to spark their inner changemaker and tackle issues in their lives and communities. 

  • Catalyze a Movement: Build a sustainable and collaborative ecosystem for changemaking among young people and their educators. 

As an outcome, a generation of educators and young people will be equipped to take action, realize their visions, and make sustainable change in communities across the US and in countries around the world. 

This partnership will also enable Ashoka to search and select new social entrepreneurs changing the way all young people grow, lead, and make change for a brighter, more equitable future. These entrepreneurs will be invited into Ashoka’s Fellowship program, where, among other benefits, they will gain access to our global network of over 3,600 social innovators and will receive a stipend, mentorship, scaling support, and a greater platform to share and scale their vision for change. 

The initiative kicks off with a new First Book Accelerator resource for educators that introduces changemaking and suggests practical ways to inspire students to become changemakers for their schools and their communities.   

Learn more about the initiative here: https://firstbook.org/solutions/time-for-change/ 

About First Book 

Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1992 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit social enterprise, First Book is a leader in the educational equity field. Over its 29-year history, First Book has distributed more than 200 million books and educational resources, with a retail value of more than $2 billion. First Book believes education offers children in need the best path out of poverty. First Book breaks down barriers to quality education by providing its Network of more than 525,000 registered teachers, librarians, after school program leaders, and others serving children in need with millions of free and affordable new, high-quality books, educational resources, and basic needs items through the award-winning First Book Marketplace nonprofit eCommerce site. The First Book Network comprises the largest and fastest growing community of formal and informal educators serving children in need. 
First Book also expands the breadth and depth of the education field through a family of social enterprises, including First Book Research & Insights, its proprietary research initiative, and the First Book Accelerator, which brings best-in-class research-based strategies to the classroom via relevant, usable educator resources. First Book Impact Funds target support to areas of need, such as rural communities or increasing diversity in children’s books. For more information, visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

About Audemars Piguet 

Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families (Audemars and Piguet). Based in Le Brassus since 1875, the company has nurtured generations of talented craftspeople who have continuously developed new skills and techniques, broadening their savoir-faire to set rule-breaking trends. In the Vallée de Joux, at the heart of the Swiss Jura, Audemars Piguet has created numerous masterpieces, testament to the Manufacture’s ancestral savoir-faire and forward-thinking spirit. Sharing its passion and savoir-faire with watch enthusiasts worldwide through the language of emotions, Audemars Piguet has established enriching exchanges among fields of creative practices and fostered an inspired community. Born in Le Brassus, raised around the world. — www.audemarspiguet.com 

Further Educational Resources


My Changemaker Toolkit 

A Young Person’s Guide to Virtual Changemaking 

How Young Changemakers are Transforming Mindsets 

Uplifting stories of Muslim Women: Mena and Zena’s journey to changemaking 

Budding changemakers: Chander's journey to nourishing people and the planet 

Explaining Climate Change in 100+ Languages 


Changemaker Education: A New Way of Growing Up 

Ashoka: Everyone a Changemaker