Get activated with our 4-Week Youth Leadership Activation Sprint!

Daily doses of creative changemaking for 12-18 years olds

We designed this 4-week learning challenge for any young person who wants to take action and make positive social and environmental change. With loads of UnSchool content from systems thinking to agency development and creativity, we have packed this 4-week program full of exciting and motivating content that's perfect to get any young mind activated, engaged and passionate about being a positive force for good on the world around them.

Why take this course?

Jump start your positive changemaking mindset with our 30-day challenge pack!

  • Weekly themed content and daily doses of new knowledge with activities and challenges to help you get activated!

  • Loads of content to read and watch, crafted and curated by Leyla Acaroglu, to help young people gain the skills needed to make positive social and environmental change.

  • Get the Design Systems Change Handbook, Design Play Cards, Kids Designercise Kit AND Meet Your Brain Toolkit -- a pack worth over $100!

  • Take the 4-week sprint but get access to the content for 6 months! Learn at your own speed, as each week is unlocked when you complete the challenge quiz at the end.

  • Learn about: systems thinking, sustainability, activating your own agency, how to expand your sphere of influence, innovation and creativity, how the brain works and understanding the human experience to help make more change!


Included in this 4-week challenge pack is the full e-book

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Curated and lead by

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

Everything included in this course

4-Week Challenge Content

  • 01

    👋🏾 Welcome! 👋

  • 02

    ✨ Week 1: Activating Change 🌟

    • Week 1 Kick Off!

    • Week 1 Full Overview Video

    • Kick Off Activity

  • 04

    2️⃣ Your Sphere of Influence

    • Read: Sphere of Influence

    • Instructions: Explore your Sphere of Influence

    • Activity: Explore Your Sphere of Influence Worksheet

    • BONUS Download: Our Superpower Activation PDF Pack

  • 05

    3️⃣ Developing a Reflective Mindset

    • Watch: Reflexive Thinking

    • Read: Reflective Thinking

    • Do: Developing Reflexive Thinking

  • 06

    4️⃣ Critical Thinking and Observation

    • Watch: Critical Thinking

    • Read: Critical Thinking

    • Read: Observation and Mindfulness

    • Do: Systems Observation Worksheet

  • 07

    5️⃣ Mindset Shifts: Fixed vs Growth Mindset

    • Watch: Shifting Mindsets

    • Read: Embracing a Curiosity Mindset

    • Watch: Fixed and Growth Mindsets

    • Do: Fixed vs Growth Mindset Worksheet

  • 08

    6️⃣ Storytelling and The Hero's Journey

  • 09

    7️⃣ Taking Action and Overcoming Procrastination

    • Watch: What to do when you get stuck

    • Watch: How to deal with Procrastination

    • Read: How to Overcome Inaction

    • Download: Barriers to Action Worksheets

  • 10

    💭 Week One Checkin Challenge!

    • Week 1 Knowledge Check Challenge!

  • 11

    🌱 Week 2: Sustainability and Systems Thinking 🐞

    • Week 2 Kick off!

    • Watch: Systems & Sustainability kick off

  • 12

    1️⃣ Sustainability

    • WATCH: Sustainability and Systems

    • Read: What is Sustainability?

    • Read and Do: Your Ecological Footprint

    • Watch: Redesigning Disposability

    • Download: The Post Disposable Personal Activation Kit

    • Activity: Post Disposable Design Worksheet

    • BONUS Download the Design Play Cards (in English and Spanish)

  • 13

    2️⃣ The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

    • Read: The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

    • Watch: The Global Goals

    • Check out the The 17 Goals

    • Activity: UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge

    • Download: The SDG Challenge Worksheet

  • 14

    3️⃣ Getting your Head Around Systems Thinking

    • Watch: Adopting a Systems Perspective

    • Read: What is Systems Thinking

    • Read: Developing a Systems Mindset

    • Activity: Systems at Play Worksheet

    • Read: What Defines a System?

    • Read: Feedback Loops

    • Read: Stocks and Flows

    • Bonus Activity: Causal Loop Diagrams Worksheet

  • 15

    4️⃣ Systems At Play in the World Around Us

    • Watch Systems Dynamics

    • Read: Thinking in Systems

    • Activity: Systems Observation Worksheet

    • Read: Systems Archetypes

    • Activity: Tragedy of the Commons

    • Activity: System Elements Worksheets

  • 16

    5️⃣ Systems Mapping

    • Watch: Systems Mapping

    • Read: Systems Mapping

    • Watch: Understanding Systems Relationships

    • Activity Instructions: How to Do a Cluster Map

    • Activity: Cluster Mapping Instruction Sheets

  • 17

    6️⃣ The Circular Economy

    • Watch: Moving from Linear to a Circular Economy

    • Read: The Circular Economy

    • Read: Key Concepts and Terms

    • Activity: From Linear to Circular Economy Reflection

    • Download: Linear to Circular Reflection Worksheet

  • 18

    7️⃣ Sustainable Living and your Anatomy of Action

    • Read: The Impact of our Actions

    • Read: The Anatomy of Action for a Sustainable Lifestyle

    • Activity: The Anatomy of Action Challenge Worksheet!

  • 19

    💭 Week Two Checkin Challenge!

    • Week 2 Knowledge Check Challenge!

  • 20

    🧠 Week 3: The Human Experience ☠️

    • Week 3 Kickoff

    • Watch: Week 3 Overview

  • 21

    1️⃣ Understanding the Human Brain!

    • Read: Brain Science Core Concepts

    • Watch: Introduction to the Human Brain

    • Read: Neurochemicals

    • Read: Are Humans Rational?

    • Watch: Are Humans Rational?

    • BONUS: Download the interactive e-book on how the human brain works!

  • 22

    2️⃣ Cognitive Bias

    • Watch: Cognitive Bias

    • Read: Cognative Bias

    • Activity: Busting Bias Worksheet

  • 23

    3️⃣ Social Norms

    • Read: Social Norms

    • Watch: Understanding Social Norms

    • Do: Changing Social Norms Worksheet

  • 24

    4️⃣ Cognitive Dissonance

    • Read and Watch: Cognitive Dissonance

    • Do: Cognitive Dissonance Worksheet

  • 25

    5️⃣ Emotional Intelligence and Bias Busting

    • Read: Emotional Intelligence

    • Watch: Busting Bias

    • Activity: Expand your Emotional Intelligence

  • 26

    6️⃣ Experiences and Gamification

    • Read: Gamification

    • Watch: What is Gamification and why does it work?

    • Activity: Game Mechanics Worksheet

    • BONUS Download the DIY print and play Designercise Kids kit

  • 27

    7️⃣ Game Design

    • Watch: Designing Impactful Experiences

    • Read: Designing Games that Motivate People

    • Watch: Human Motivators and Experience Design

    • Activity: Design a Game Worksheet

  • 28

    💭 Week 3 Challenge Quizz

    • Week 3 Knowledge Check

  • 29

    🤸 Week 4: Designing Positive Change 🦄

    • Week 4 Kickoff

    • Watch: Week 4 Introduction

  • 30

    1️⃣ Citizen Design

    • Watch: Citizen Designers of the Future

    • Read: Active Citizenship

  • 31

    2️⃣ Making Change

    • Watch: Mastering Change

    • Read: Leverage Points

    • Do: Behavior Over Time Graph Worksheet

  • 32

    3️⃣ Circular Design

    • Watch: Circular Design

    • Read: Designing for the Circular Economy

    • Watch: What is Circular Design?

    • Do: Circular Redesign Worksheet

  • 33

    4️⃣ Creativity and Innovation

    • Watch: Design and Creativity

    • Read & Watch: Design and Creative Change

    • Do: Creative Skillset Worksheets

  • 34

    5️⃣ Social Entrepreneurship

    • Watch: Designing Interventions

    • Read: Systems Interventions

    • Read & Watch: & Activity How to do Interconnected Circles Maps

    • Do: Interconnected Circles Map activity

  • 35

    6️⃣ Ethics and Action

    • Read: Personal Ethics and Moral Dilemmas

  • 36

    7️⃣ Make Your Creative Change Action Plan!

    • Read: Making Change

    • Do: Actioning Creative Change Worksheets

  • 37

    🎉 Congratulations you completed the 4 week challenge!

    • Watch: Thanks and Congratulations!

    • Do: Take Another Class!

  • 38

    📜 Download your certificate of completion!

    • Your Certificate of Completion!

    • Download your completion certificate!

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