Registration now open for annual Step Up Youth Challenge
Administrators from instructional day and after school programs are invited to register a team of their students in the annual Step Up Youth Challenge. This impactful program is open to teams of middle and high school students. The Youth Challenge is designed to engage a diverse group of students in a project-based learning experience over the course of the 2015-16 school year. Last year, teams of middle and high school students from throughout Tulare County developed 24 inspiring school- and community-based projects and competed for grants totaling $30,000. The Step Up Youth Challenge and the grant awards are provided by the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force.
The 2015-2016 Youth Challenge is limited to 20 middle school teams and 15 high school teams (one team per school only). Reservations can be made online at surveymonkey.com/r/15-16ChallengeRegistration. Once registered, the teamís student advisor must attend a training September 24 at the Tulare County Office of Education. When selecting a teamís advisor, administrators should consider someone with an ability to connect with youth. Successful advisors have come from a variety of backgrounds, including ASB leaders, after school site coordinators, campus administrators and classroom teachers.
On October 21, advisors and students will attend a Challenge Summit at the Visalia Convention Center. Following the summit, teams will have nearly six months to develop a unique project designed to make a positive difference on their campus or within their community. Throughout the process, the teams will be supported by members of the Challenge Committee.
For more information on the Step Up Youth Challenge, contact Robert Herman at email@example.com, or call (559) 733-6606.
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
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