Creating Impact with Technology

Teens across the country are combining their skills with the power of technology to bring people together, solve problems, and create economic opportunity in their communities. We call these tech-savvy and community-oriented young people Tech Changemakers.

We want to hear how you’re using technology as part of a community project. If you are a 4‑H’er age 14-19, submit your entry below now!

The 4‑H Tech Changemaker Contest is sponsored by Microsoft as part of National 4‑H Council and Microsoft’s combined efforts to equip young people with the digital skills and resources they need to make a positive impact in their communities.

Example Projects

Tech Changemakers are creating positive change in many different ways.  Some of the topics they are tackling include Tech Access, Economic Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Educational Advancement, Social Inclusion and many more!

Check out the examples below of how current Tech Changemakers are making a difference in these areas.

Economic Empowerment

Quincy, WA

The 4‑H club in Quincy, Washington has been working with their peers, parents, teachers and community members to help them determine how they want to pursue digital skills training in their communities.

During their initial research they conducted over 50 in-person interviews.  From this they...

Civic Engagement

Machias, ME

Tech Changemakers in Maine are taking on one of Washington county’s biggest challenges: food insecurity. Although there are resources available for people in need, getting people connected to them can be a challenge through their rural community.

Paige and Inez two of the Tech Changemaker...

Cultural Heritage

Outagamie County, WI

The Tech Changemaker project in Outagamie, Wisconsin is bringing youth together across their county to connect with the local cultural heritage of the Oneida tribe through online gaming.

Through a partnership with the local Oneida tribe, the 4‑H Teen Changemakers are working to build an...

Social Inclusion

Washtenaw County, MI

When teen leaders from Washtenaw Michigan, Joel and Suhjin, first joined the Tech Changemakers program they immediately gravitated towards addressing teen mental health.  The both felt that local teens have a strong sense that their peers are suffering and looking for support.  It wasn’t until...