PBLWorks Partners with the Bezos Family Foundation to Launch “Hunger Challenge” Project Based Learning Unit

Foundation to donate $3 for each piece of art created by students to help address hunger and malnutrition globally

Novato, CA (Sept. 17, 2019) – PBLWorks, the leader in Project Based Learning (PBL) professional development, has partnered with Students Rebuild, a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, to create a high quality PBL unit for the upcoming Hunger Challenge. K-12 educators and students are invited to participate in the challenge to explore solutions for hunger and malnutrition around the world, and raise funds for youth-focused nutrition programs. 

The Hunger Project PBL unit – designed for English, math, and science – is available for teachers starting today and the challenge runs through June 5, 2020. Students participating in the challenge research hunger and malnutrition, then work together to develop potential solutions to these issues, and create a work of art to showcase their results. 

 For every piece of artwork submitted, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $3 (up to $700,000) to youth-focused nutrition programs. Students and educators participating in the Hunger Challenge will support UNICEF programs in Yemen and Ethiopia combating chronic malnutrition, expand Mary’s Meals’ school-based nutrition initiatives in India and Malawi, and back community-based initiatives across the U.S.

To download the Hunger Challenge PBL Unit, visit http://go.pblworks.org/hunger-project.

“Students Rebuild is a global force in mobilizing young people to action and we share their passion for engaging youth around international issues,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “At PBLWorks, we see the power of students doing PBL projects both as a deeper, more effective learning method and also as a tool for societal change.”

Since 2010, Students Rebuild has mobilized over a million young people in nearly 80 countries and donated more than $5 million to organizations confronting critical global issues impacting children and youth. It selected PBLWorks as a partner because of their expertise in Gold Standard Project Based Learning design.

"Every day we see students acting as agents of change in their communities," said Jackie Bezos, President of the Bezos Family Foundation. "We hope their collective voices and actions will inspire more people around the world to act on critical problems facing humanity." 

About PBLWorks

At PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) we believe that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is to build the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to create the conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students. For more information, visit www.pblworks.org.

About Students Rebuild

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Created in January 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake, Students Rebuild has mobilized more than one million participants in 83 countries and all 50 states and raised more than $5 million in matching funds for projects like rebuilding schools in Haiti, aiding disaster recovery efforts in Asia, supporting livelihoods in Africa, helping Syrian youth from conflict areas recover from crisis, and supporting empowerment opportunities for youth affected by poverty. Through its Challenges, Students Rebuild tackles some of the world's most difficult problems, issues that one cannot solve alone. Guided by the belief that every young person should have an opportunity to help others—but not everyone can fundraise—its Challenges require young people to create a simple, symbolic object, which the Foundation matches with funding. This approach allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and in countries around the world to take action and see change on global concerns. Find more at www.studentsrebuild.org and @StudentsRebuild.