Disney's Friends for Change

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Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green
Disney's Friends for Change logo.svg
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 network Disney Channel
Original release 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 younger fans. Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and the Jonas Brothers 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. 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.[3]

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 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.

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.


Below is a list of past and present stars participating in the initiative.


Star Show/Movie Representing
Karan Brar Jessie, Bunk'd, Invisible Sister
Skai Jackson Jessie, Bunk'd
Peyton List
Zendaya Shake It Up, K.C. Undercover, Zapped
Cameron Boyce Jessie, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants


Star Show/Movie Representing
Nicole Gale Anderson Jonas
Moises Arias Hannah Montana
Jake T. Austin Wizards of Waverly Place
Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana
Matthew "Mdot" Finley Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Jordan Francis Camp Rock
Selena Gomez Wizards of Waverly Place, Princess Protection Program, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
David Henrie Wizards of Waverly Place, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
Joe Jonas Jonas, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Kevin Jonas
Nick Jonas
Demi Lovato Sonny with a Chance, Camp Rock, Princess Protection Program, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, As the Bell Rings
Meaghan Martin Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Emily Osment Hannah Montana
Bradley Steven Perry Good Luck Charlie, Mighty Med
Anna Maria Perez de Taglé Camp Rock
Jasmine Richards
Jake Short A.N.T. Farm, Mighty Med
Brenda Song Get a Clue, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Stuck in the Suburbs, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, The Suite Life Movie
Cole Sprouse The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life Movie
Dylan Sprouse
Jennifer Stone Wizards of Waverly Place
Alyson Stoner The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Camp Rock
Gregg Sulkin Wizards of Waverly Place, Avalon High
Brandon Mychal Smith Sonny with a Chance, So Random!, Let it Shine
Caroline Sunshine Shake It Up
Bella Thorne
Tiffany Thornton Sonny with a Chance, So Random!
Doug Brochu
Allisyn Ashley Arm
Chloe Bridges Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Kelsey Chow Pair of Kings, Den Brother
Davis Cleveland Shake It Up
Hutch Dano Zeke and Luther, Den Brother
Jason Dolley Hatching Pete, Good Luck Charlie
Kenton Duty Shake It Up
Roshon Fegan Camp Rock, Shake It Up
Adam Hicks Zeke and Luther, Lemonade Mouth
Adam Irigoyen Shake It Up
Sterling Knight Sonny with a Chance, So Random!, Starstruck
Daniel Curtis Lee Zeke and Luther
Caitlyn Taylor Love I'm in the Band
Bridgit Mendler Good Luck Charlie, Lemonade Mouth
Logan Miller I'm in the Band
Mitchel Musso Hannah Montana, Pair of Kings, Hatching Pete
Ryan Newman Zeke and Luther
Ryan Ochoa Pair of Kings
Doc Shaw The Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings
Carlon Jeffery A.N.T. Farm, Cloud 9
Sierra McCormick A.N.T. Farm
Stefanie Scott
China Anne McClain A.N.T. Farm, How to Build a Better Boy
Chelsea Kane Jonas L.A., Fish Hooks
Jason Earles Hannah Montana, Kickin' It
Debby Ryan The Suite Life on Deck, Jessie, The Suite Life Movie, Radio Rebel
Ross Lynch Austin & Ally, Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach Movie 2
Laura Marano Austin & Ally, Bad Hair Day


Amount Organization Intent[4][5]
$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

Send It On[edit]

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 4:01
Label Walt Disney, Hollywood
Writer(s) 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.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a success on Radio Disney's Top 30 Countdown.

Track listings[edit]

  • U.S. / Digital Download
  1. "Make a Wave" (Digital Download) – 4:01
  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 [7]

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
Length 3:19
Label Hollywood
  • 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[8]

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(s) 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.[9] The song was written by the McClains.[10]


The song premiered on iTunes on March 23, 2012.[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on VEVO March 26, 2012.[12]

Track listings[edit]

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


Chart (2012) Peak
US Kid Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 4


  1. ^ Lovato, Demi (June 6, 2009). "Demi Lovato Twitter (ddlovato)". Demi Lovato via Twitter. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Walt Disney Company Launches Friends for Change". Disney Channel. May 15, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ ""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. 
  4. ^ "Friends for Change: Project Green - Charitable Giving Programs". Disney Channel. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Cruger, Roberta (August 12, 2009). "Disney's Green Teens: BFFs For Change". Treehugger. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rihanna Remains Atop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://zydrateanatomy.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/do-something-awards-2011-nominees/
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Chimpanzee (Motion picture). Disneynature. 2012. 
  10. ^ Chimpanzee (Motion picture). Disneynature. 2012. 
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rise (feat. McClain Sisters) [From "Disneynature: Chimpanzee] Single by Disney Friends for Change". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ McClain Sisters (March 26, 2012). McClain Sisters - Rise (from Disneynature's Chimpanzee) (Music video). Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "June 30, 2012 - Kid Digital Songs". Billboard. 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 

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