Disney's Friends for Change

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Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green
Disney's Friends for Change logo
Also known as Disney's Friends for Change
Friends for Change: Project Green
Genre Public service announcement
Starring 56 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars
Narrated by 56 Disney Channel and Disney XD stars
Opening theme "Send It On"[1]
"Make a Wave"
"We Can Change the World"
Country of origin United States, Canada
Original language(s) English
Running time 30 seconds - 2 minutes
Original channel Disney Channel
Original airing Summer 2009
External links
Production website

Disney's Friends for Change (also referred to as Friends for Change: Project Green) is a pro-social "green" initiative that started in the summer of 2009. Disney stars stress environmental issues in the campaign, encouraging fans to take action. The year-long campaign draws on how Disney stars connect with young fans. Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, and Demi Lovato were among the original stars in the 30 second to 2 minute public service announcements currently airing on Disney Channel. As part of the initiative, kids will have the ability to choose how Disney will invest one million dollars in various environmental programs.[2] The initiative was presented instead of the 2009 and 2010 Disney Channel Games. The first Disney's Friends for Change Games premiered June 24, 2011 on Disney Channel, replacing the Disney Channel Games.

Stars participating in the initiative[edit]

The stars of Disney's Friends for Change

Below is a list of past and present stars participating in the initiative. When a show ends and the stars begin to transition their way out of Disney Channel, they leave the initiative as well. This is the case for the Hannah Montana and JONAS L.A. stars among the other stars that have left.

As of April 2012, there are 36 Disney Channel stars participating in the initiative, and there are 22 former Disney Channel stars who have left the initiative.

Send It On[edit]

"Send It On" is a song by Disney's Friends for Change, a charity group formed by Disney for their "Friends for Change" campaign, that includes Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez. The song has sold 172,819 tracks with proceeds going to various charities.[3] The song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]


Initially known as "Pass It On", the song was written by Adam Anders and Nikki Hassman in collaboration with Peter Astrom.[5] The four artists went through several recording sessions in early April 2009.[5] Each person shared their opinion in regards to the song and Disney's Friends for Change in an interview with Access Hollywood. Joe Jonas said that the song is one with a "great message." He added that the song is about helping the Earth in whichever way possible and that it is mainly about letting "everyone know." Joe Jonas said the song even reminds oneself to be more eco-friendly.[6]

Cyrus mentioned that her favorite part to record was the line "One spark starts a fire." Cyrus said she "loved" the line because it was true for her and that if children send on the message, everyone will know. She also believed that they were "encouraging kids to do it", which she found inspirational.[6] Lovato stated: "It's very important to us to be good to the environment" and that the song is a part of a "big movement" that they are attempting to achieve.[6] Kevin Jonas said it was a "big honor" and that "the vibe [...] is great" because they have "all known each other for years now."[6] Nick Jonas said that the song is just about "taking those tiny steps" that could make the Earth better.[6]

Make a Wave[edit]

"Make a Wave"
Make A Wave.jpg
"Make a Wave" cover
Promotional Single by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas
Released February 26, 2010
Format Promo, Digital Download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:48
Label Walt Disney, Hollywood
Writer Scott Krippayne, Jeff Peabody

"Make a Wave" is a song sung by Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas for Disney's Friends for Change, a charity group formed by Disney for their "Friends for Change" campaign. The song was written by Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody, the same team that penned Jordin Sparks' song "This Is My Now" for American Idol. "Make a Wave" was introduced and performed at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It was also featured in the 2009 Disneynature film Oceans.


The song debuted on February 26 on Radio Disney, reaching as high as number 4 on the Top 30 Countdown, while the music video had its world premiere on Disney Channel on March 14 and launched online the following day at Disney.com. "Make a Wave" was available beginning March 15 on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting environmental charities through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Oceans hit theaters April 22, 2010 (Earth Day). It peaked at number 84 on Billboard Hot 100.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked in the number 84 position on Billboard Hot 100, losing to "Send it On", which peaked at the number 20 position. The song was a success on Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown but lost to "Send it On".

Track listings[edit]

  • U.S. / Digital Download
  1. "Make a Wave" (Digital Download) – 3:48
  2. "Make a Wave" (Instrumental) – 3:48


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 84


Year Category Work Result Award Ref.
2011 "Charity Single" Make a Wave Won Do Something Awards [8]

We Can Change the World[edit]

"We Can Change the World"
Disney We Can Change the World cover.jpeg
"We Can Change the World" cover
Promotional single by Bridgit Mendler
Released June 11, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Baroque pop
Length 3:19
Label Hollywood
Writer Bridgit Mendler, Joacim Persson

"We Can Change the World" is a song sung by Bridgit Mendler for the Disney's Friends for Change campaign and specifically, for the first Disney's Friends for Change Games.[9] The song was written by Joacim Persson and Mendler herself.


The song premiered on Radio Disney on June 10. With its release, Disney donated $250,000 to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. The song was made available for download on the Friends for Change website and on iTunes on June 11.[9] All proceeds went to environmental charities, similar to the other songs released for the initiative.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on Disney Channel on June 10. It was directed by Art Spigel, director of the Disney Channel Games, and was filmed on-location at Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Los Angeles, California. The song features Mendler happily singing in a park with a camera in her hand. Kids from all over the world eventually join her in singing the anthem. Some of the kids include international Disney Channel stars Valeria Baroni, Jorge Blanco, Olavo Cavalheiro, Nicole Ishida, Murtuza Kutianawala and Eve Ottino.[9]

Track listings[edit]

  • U.S. / Digital download
  1. "We Can Change the World" – 3:19
  • U.K. / Digital download
  1. "We Can Change the World" – 3:19
  2. "We Can Change the World (Instrumental)" – 3:19

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States June 11, 2011 Digital download Hollywood Records


Disney Rise cover.jpeg
"Rise" cover
Promotional Single by McClain Sisters
Released March 26, 2012
Format Promo, Digital Download
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop
Length 4:11
Label Walt Disney, Hollywood
Writer The McClains

"Rise" is a song sung by McClain Sisters for the Disney's Friends for Change campaign for the second Disney's Friends for Change Games.[citation needed] It was also used in the end credits of the Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.[10] The song was written by the McClains.[11]


The song premiered on iTunes on March 23, 2012.[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on VEVO March 26, 2012.[13]

Track listings[edit]

  • U.S. / Digital Download
  1. "Rise" (Digital Download) – 4:11


Donation distribution for Project Green[14][15]
Amount Organization Intent
$100,000 Wildlife Conservation Society To protect arctic wildlife from the effects of climate change
$50,000 San Bernardino National Forest Association To be used in the SBNFA's Children's Forest, where children plant new trees
$50,000 Birdlife International and Haribon Foundation To protect endangered tropical forests in the Philippines
$25,000 CHF International To decrease pollution and deforestation by sending fuel-efficient stoves to Rwanda
$25,000 ECOLIFE Foundation International To help end deforestation in the Oyamel forest in Mexico
$10,000 Arbor Day Foundation To replant trees in Florida state forests damaged by wildfires

Special presentation[edit]

A special 30 minute program called "Lights, Camera, Take Action! Backstage with Disney's Friends for Change" was shown on Disney Channel directly after Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie and was hosted by Tiffany Thornton. It showcased behind-the-scenes footage during the making of the project.[16]

Friends for Change Games[edit]

The first Disney's Friends for Change Games was announced for the summer of 2011, replacing the Disney Channel Games, and premiered on June 24, 2011.


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  2. ^ "The Walt Disney Company Launches Friends for Change". Disney Channel. May 15, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ ""Send It On," the Inspiring Anthem for Disney’s "Friends for Change: Project Green," is a Success on Radio, TV and Online". Disney Channel. August 20, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. August 20, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (April 3, 2009). "Miley Cyrus And Nick Jonas Hook Up For Charity". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Disney Megastars Come Together For ‘Friends For Change: Project Green’ Campaign (August 6, 2009)". Access Hollywood. NBC Universal Television Distribution. August 6, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ http://zydrateanatomy.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/do-something-awards-2011-nominees/
  9. ^ a b c "Premiere of Disney's Friends for Change Anthem "We Can Change The World," Performed By Bridgit Mendler, Friday, June 10 on Disney Channel and Radio Disney". Disney Channel Medianet. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ Chimpanzee (Motion picture). Disneynature. 2012. The song plays over the beginning half of the credits. 
  11. ^ Chimpanzee (Motion picture). Disneynature. 2012. Information is present in the "Music" setion of the credits. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rise (feat. McClain Sisters) [From "Disneynature: Chimpanzee] Single by Disney Friends for Change". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ McClain Sisters (March 26, 2012). McClain Sisters - Rise (from Disneynature's Chimpanzee) (Music video). Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Friends for Change: Project Green - Charitable Giving Programs". Disney Channel. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ Cruger, Roberta (August 12, 2009). "Disney’s Green Teens: BFFs For Change". Treehugger. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  16. ^ ""Send It On," An Anthem By The World's Biggest Teen Stars, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, For Disney's "Friends for Change: Project Green," Will Debut on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, Disney.com and iTunes" (Press release). Disney Channel. August 6, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 

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