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Opportunity for USA Student and Youth Teams to Collaborate
with a Nonprofit Organization or School on a Service Project

Lead4Change Challenge

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Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning - Lead4Change Student Leadership Program

Deadline Date:

05/13/22 11:59 PM ET


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Opportunity for USA student and youth teams partnering with nonprofit organizations or schools to compete for $500, $1,000, and $10,000 prizes for creating and implementing service-learning projects in a wide range of focus areas. The challenge is intended to engage students in resolving a community goal or need at the local, state, or national level.

The Lead4Change Challenge gives students a jump start into the real world of leadership by offering comprehensive lessons aligned to standards and 21st-century skills. But what excites students and teachers alike are the opportunities to put leadership skills into action in their communities. Students work in teams and can do any kind of project as they go through the lessons. 
Entries are to be submitted by a team of students in grades 6-12 or students between the ages of 11 – 18 who are members of a local club or service organization (e.g. Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Key Club) (a “Team”). Each Team must be composed of least three (3) students with a sponsoring parent, teacher or club adult adviser.
Each Team will create and execute a service learning project for the benefit of a Qualified Organization by (i) setting a goal that attempts to solve a local, state-wide or national problem or need (i.e., help an existing charity or create a project in its school or community locally or nationally), (ii) developing an action plan to achieve the goal and (iii) demonstrating leadership skills taught in the Lead4Change lessons in connection with the project. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 180684

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For each Challenge deadline, entries will be divided into two groups: Lead4Change 2021 Certified Schools/Clubs and non Certified Schools/Clubs. For non Certified Schools/Clubs there will be one (1) – four (4) First Place Winning Teams, and up to Twenty Five (25) Second Place Winning Teams per round. For Certified Schools, there will be up to Two (2) First Place Winning Team and up to five (5) second place Winning Teams per round. There will also be up to one (1) special award per round, chosen from all entries received. The number of Winning Teams is dependent on the number of eligible entries received and the results of the judging.

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The prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place - $10,000; Second Place - $500; Special Award $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Subject to the additional restrictions below, the “Lead4Change Challenge” (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are full-time students in grades 6-12 of a public, private or charter school or homeschool and/or students between the ages of 11 – 18 who are members of a local club or service organization (e.g. Boys & Girls Club, Boy Girl Scouts, Key Club).

Teachers/Advisers/Adult Sponsors can enter the student team completed project(s) once they have finished the 12-Lesson or 6- Lesson track.

Teachers, youth club advisers, or any adult sponsor can access all member materials by filling out the Lead4Change Registration form. If you are a student, you can register too! You will still need to have a teacher, adviser, or adult sponsor submit your entry to the Lead4Change Challenge.

A team is “3 or more students and an adult sponsor”.

Log in to your dashboard to complete your Challenge Entry Form. Students select their project, partner with a Qualified Organization (charity or school), and compete for a chance to win grants for their Qualified Organization.

Team submission must identify the Qualified Organization which must be an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as a public charity under Section 509 of the Internal Revenue Code) or described in Section 4945(d)(4)(A)(i) of the Code (a “Qualified Organization”).

Pre-Application Information:

Each year there are two Challenge deadlines: February and May, and teams can win a grant for their charity or school.

Challenge entries are accepted at any time. You will be entered in the Challenge for 2021-22, which will close February 11 and May 13. You are welcome to enter either round.

The Contest entry period will begin on September 1, 2021 at 8 a.m. (E.T.) and end on May 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (E.T.). For the 2021-22 year there will be two Challenge Deadlines: February 11, 2022 and May 13, 2022. Entries received on or before February 11, 2022 will be judged in the first round. Entries received between February 12, 2022 and May 13, 2022 will be judged in the second round.

Winning Teams of the Lead4Change Challenge will be notified by March 11, 2022 for entries received by February 11, 2022 and notified by June 11, 2022 for entries received between February 12, 2022 and May 13, 2022.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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