We are thrilled to announce the 2016 inspirED Changemaker Award winners, sponsored by Facebook and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Ten exceptional teams of students and educators from high schools around the U.S. have been selected to receive this prestigious award in its inaugural year.

Supporting greater social and emotional learning and greater wellbeing for young people in schools is a top priority for the inspirED program and its partners. We created the Changemaker Award to recognize and celebrate passionate students and educators who are committed to developing innovative and positive learning environments.

The response to the award was overwhelming and the selection process was extremely challenging, with a large number of high quality applications from schools around the nation. Award recipients will receive a grant between $5,000 to $10,000 and invitations to the inspirED SEL Summit to be held in fall 2016 at Facebook’s Headquarters.

And the 2016 inspirED Changemaker Awards go to:

  • Westbrook High School, Connecticut
  • Grossmont High School, California
  • Frederick Douglass High School, Georgia
  • Diamond Bar High School, California
  • High Tech High School, California
  • Pine View High School, Florida
  • Northwestern High School, Connecticut
  • Milwaukie High School, Oregon
  • Taos High School, New Mexico
  • Campbell High School, Georgia

We were extremely impressed with all of the applicants and would like to thank each student and educator who applied to the program this year. The stories of each of our award winners will be featured on the inspirED site in the fall. Please visit us at inspired.fb.com to read their stories, find out how to apply for the program next year, try out the resources yourself, and keep in touch with us for future opportunities. Keep up the amazing work you’re doing – together we can make a difference!