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

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

    Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Everything included in this course

4-Week Challenge Content

  • 01
    👋🏾 Welcome! 👋
    Show Content
  • 02
    ✨ Week 1: Activating Change 🌟
    Show Content
    • Week 1 Kick Off!
    • Week 1 Full Overview Video
    • Kick Off Activity
  • 04
    2️⃣ Your Sphere of Influence
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • Watch: Reflexive Thinking
    • Read: Reflective Thinking
    • Do: Developing Reflexive Thinking
  • 06
    4️⃣ Critical Thinking and Observation
    Show Content
    • Watch: Critical Thinking
    • Read: Critical Thinking
    • Read: Observation and Mindfulness
    • Do: Systems Observation Worksheet
  • 07
    5️⃣ Mindset Shifts: Fixed vs Growth Mindset
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
  • 09
    7️⃣ Taking Action and Overcoming Procrastination
    Show Content
    • 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!
    Show Content
    • Week 1 Knowledge Check Challenge!
  • 11
    🌱 Week 2: Sustainability and Systems Thinking 🐞
    Show Content
    • Week 2 Kick off!
    • Watch: Systems & Sustainability kick off
  • 12
    1️⃣ Sustainability
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • Read: The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
    • Watch: The Global Goals
    • Check out the The 17 Goals
    • Activty: UN Sustainable Development Goals Challenge
    • Download: The SDG Challenge Worksheet
  • 14
    3️⃣ Getting your Head Around Systems Thinking
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • Watch Systems Dynamics
    • Read: Thinking in Systems
    • Activty: Systems Observation Worksheet
    • Read: Systems Archetypes
    • Activity: Tragedy of the Commons
    • Activity: System Elements Worksheets
  • 16
    5️⃣ Systems Mapping
    Show Content
    • Watch: Systems Mapping
    • Read: Systems Mapping
    • Watch: Understanding Systems Relationships
    • Read: How to do Cluster Mapping
    • Activity Instructions: How to Do a Cluster Map
    • Activty: Cluster Mapping Instruction Sheets
  • 17
    6️⃣ The Circular Economy
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • 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!
    Show Content
    • Week 2 Knowledge Check Challenge!
  • 20
    🧠 Week 3: The Human Experience ☠️
    Show Content
    • Week 3 Kickoff
    • Watch: Week 3 Overview
  • 21
    1️⃣ Understanding the Human Brain!
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • Watch: Cognitive Bias
    • Read: Cognative Bias
    • Activity: Busting Bias Worksheet
  • 23
    3️⃣ Social Norms
    Show Content
    • Read: Social Norms
    • Watch: Understanding Social Norms
    • Do: Changing Social Norms Worksheet
  • 24
    4️⃣ Cognitive Dissonance
    Show Content
    • Read and Watch: Cognitive Dissonance
    • Do: Cognitive Dissonance Worksheet
  • 25
    5️⃣ Emotional Intelligence and Bias Busting
    Show Content
    • Read: Emotional Intelligence
    • Watch: Busting Bias
    • Activity: Expand your Emotional Intelligence
  • 26
    6️⃣ Experiences and Gamification
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • 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 Quiz
    Show Content
    • Week 3 Knowledge Check
  • 29
    🤸 Week 4: Designing Positive Change 🦄
    Show Content
    • Week 4 Kickoff
    • Watch: Week 4 Introduction
  • 30
    1️⃣ Citizen Design
    Show Content
    • Watch: Citizen Designers of the Future
    • Read: Active Citizenship
  • 31
    2️⃣ Making Change
    Show Content
    • Watch: Mastering Change
    • Read: Leverage Points
    • Do: Behavior Over Time Graph Worksheet
  • 32
    3️⃣ Circular Design
    Show Content
    • Watch: Circular Design
    • Read: Designing for the Circular Economy
    • Watch: What is Circular Design?
    • Do: Circular Redesign Worksheet
  • 33
    4️⃣ Creativity and Innovation
    Show Content
    • Watch: Design and Creativity
    • Read & Watch: Design and Creative Change
    • Do: Creative Skillset Worksheets
  • 34
    5️⃣ Social Entrepreneurship
    Show Content
    • 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
    Show Content
    • Read: Personal Ethics and Moral Dilemmas
  • 36
    7️⃣ Make Your Creative Change Action Plan!
    Show Content
    • Read: Making Change
    • Do: Actioning Creative Change Worksheets
  • 37
    🎉 Congratulations you completed the 4 week challenge!
    Show Content
    • Watch: Thanks and Congratulations!
    • Do: Take Another Class!
  • 38
    📜 Download your certificate of completion!
    Show Content
    • Download your completion certificate!

Payment options


View more courses