MISSION: The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission is to partner with businesses to motivate high school students both in and out of the classroom. Since 2004, this partnership has created good habits in students and provided businesses with tangible results for their investments.
The program achieves this mission by awarding 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students awards in four categories: Academic Improvement, Attendance, Community Service, and Academic Excellence.
OUR STORY: TCP was founded in 2003 by Dan Perkins, CEO/President of MTS Technologies, Inc. Mr. Perkins, a Johnstown, PA native, wanted to create a program to give back to the community that supported him during his developing years. After meeting Barbara Grandinetti, who would later join the program as Founding Executive Director, Mr. Perkins sought to create a program that would further motivate students to succeed and achieve even greater things while in high school and beyond. Partnering with Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Mr. Perkins and Ms. Grandinetti formed an incentive program that would pay cash to students for their success. Realizing the need for this kind of program in additional schools, The Challenge Program was formed. Now entering our seventh year of operation, the program has grown to include 123 participating schools in 3 states: PA, DE, and WV!
Kayla Washko–TCP (Communications Specialist). Kayla joined the TCP team in 2007 as an intern.
Jessica Shimko–TCP (AmeriCorps Representative). Jessica joined the TCP in the spring of 2010 as an intern.
Student Advisory Board
Business Advisory Board
Educational Advisory Board