Surveyed Business, Student and Educators Agree

Educators95%

 

“TCP meets its goals in motivating students to compete for all the award categories.”

Businesses84%

 

“TCP effectively raises awareness about our company and its career opportunities.”

Students80%

 

“TCP meets its goals in educating students about career opportunities in their communities.”

Students and Parents

Success starts here.

Do you want to be successful in school and in the workforce one day? The Challenge Program, Inc. can help. Through the program, you’ll be introduced to career opportunities in your community and learn the behaviors, attitudes, and habits required to excel in the workforce.

All students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are eligible to compete for $200 financial incentives in five award categories:

  • Attendance
  • STEM
  • Community Service
  • Academic Improvement
  • Academic Excellence 

Why are these categories important? Because when companies are hiring, they look for people who demonstrate these qualities: those who show up every day, do their best, find ways to improve, and get involved in their communities.

Look for our banners and posters in your school or ask your guidance counselor for more information.

 

Program Impact Report

Program Impact Report

85% Participate in Community Service

Winners totaled 50,783 hours of service, contributing $368,174 to their communities (based on $7.25/hr.)

90% Excel in 14 STEM Classes per School

Excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

91% Strive for Perfect Attendance

On average, each school has 5.5 students with a perfect attendance

94% Strive for Academic Excellence

On average, academic excellence winners carry a 4.10 GPA

95% Improve Academically

On average, academic improvement winners increased GPA by +.74

  • 2018 Competition is CLOSED

    Eligibility

    • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 are eligible whether or not they have received a Challenge award.
    • ENTRY: go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018TCP to submit your entry or scan the QR Code below:
    • DEADLINE for ENTRIES: The competition closes at Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    • SELECTION: All student information is removed from entries in the review process.
      • Schools will be contacted by phone regarding students being reviewed as a finalist.
    • ANNOUNCEMENTS: 3 Finalists will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018 via an email blast to the schools.
    • CONSENT: Consent forms will be sent to the finalists through their school administration for a guardian signature acknowledging:
      • Parent/guardian awareness of their child’s status as a finalist in The Challenge Program, Inc. competition
      • Agreement by parent/guardian to assure adult accompaniment at the event with their child
      • Permission for their child to be videotaped and photographed and the student’s image to be used by

    The Challenge Program, Inc., for placement on social media, our website, www.tcpinc.org, and press releases.

    • If consent forms are not received, the student will no longer be eligible and an alternate student will be named.
    • CRYSTAL OWL GALA: Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • EVENT DETAILS:
      • All Finalists must be accompanied by at least one adult and up to two adult guests may attend for free!
      • Valet Parking will be free of charge.
      • Two school representatives and two business sponsor representatives will be invited to attend for free!
      • Student of the Year Winner will be announced during the event in Pittsburgh.
      • To view past Student of the Year Winners and Finalists go to tcpinc.org/events-4/
    • To receive the CASH AWARD AND ANY HONORS, student finalists MUST be present at the Pittsburgh event.
  • Senior Awards Ceremonies

    The Challenge Program, Inc. and your Business Partner will attend your school’s pre-set annual Senior Awards Program. Together we will present the graduating Senior Class their awards. We are aware many of these programs take place in the evenings or on weekends. We are available for short, individual presentations to the seniors if that is more convenient for your school.

    Each school will be asked to provide:

    Date, Time, Location for your Senior Awards Program

    Please place TCP as close to the top of your program as possible.

    Please list us in your printed program as follows:

    “The Challenge Program, Inc. Senior Awards with Business Partner (add name of the business supporting your school)

  • Communications/Announcements

    Monthly Communications will be available to announce to your students beginning September 2017. You will be asked to remind students that The Challenge Program is active in their school and the Business Partner who is supporting the Program in their school.

    From September to December, these messages will be rolled out according to the month in which the school has had their assembly.

    From January to May, these messages will be a reminder of each award category as encouragement to keep going and compete.

    Thank you for all your support.

     

  • The Challenge Program works to develop good habits, behaviors, and attitudes in students so they will be better prepared for the challenges, competition, and rewards of the workforce.

    Have you ever heard this from a student? “The same kids always win, so why bother?”
    We have. TCP promotes the academic advancement of all students, regardless of past academic performance, to provide them with an opportunity to redirect themselves and compete. A TCP award is an earned cash incentive award. Students who challenged themselves to exceed their own expectations have the opportunity to become a recipient.

    As a result, we moved away from eligibility being only the top student in each category, to a top percentage of students who meet the individual award’s criteria. This gives more students the motivation to try. The implementation of a lottery system to choose the final recipient conveys to students that anything is possible.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (grades 10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” approach promotes total student participation by motivating students to reach higher and achieve more than they may have believed was possible. Below outlines the procedure for choosing award winners.

      Each award category has a set of criteria
      Finalists are selected from the top 10 % of students who meet the criteria – not just the top 10% in grade.
      Finalists are asked to take a TCP student survey (links will be provided by TCP to the educators).
      Students return a slip with their name and the provided password at the end of the survey to the school’s coordinator.
      These slips are placed in a drawing for the final selection for each award category.

      TCP uses survey results to:
      Attract more Businesses to support more Schools.
      Attract Major Corporate Business Partners who reach more schools with support/workforce development.
      Attract Foundation and Individual donor support.
      Attract more Workforce Development activities.
      All leading to high school career readiness and graduates achieving gainful employment after graduation.

      All 15 Awards MUST be DISTRIBUTED per school (5 awards per 10th, 11th, and 12th grades)
      1 award per category/per grade.
      No duplicates or splitting of awards is permitted.
      All TIES prior to the lottery drawing must be decided via a lottery drawing.
      It is possible for one student to win more than one award.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from students with zero “0” absences. If there are no students in a grade who have zero absences – student/s with the least number of absences in accordance with school policy should become Finalists.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are the #1 ranked student from each included class.       

    AVTS/CTC Schools: You may choose any class involving any type of the involved subjects. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    High Schools: Classes of all academic levels – introductory to advanced – should be included. It is at each school’s discretion which classes to include.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey.

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are among the students who submitted the top 10%  of hours for the year. TCP Community Service forms are for your convenience. An award must be distributed even if no forms are submitted.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% with the greatest increase in G.P.A. from year ending to year ending, regardless of beginning grade level.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • FINALISTS are drawn from among the top 10% of students with the highest overall G.P.A. from the beginning to the end of the current school year.

    SENIORS compete from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) compete from the 1st  marking period to the end of the 4th marking period.

    SURVEYS are requested of all students who are finalists for the award category. If a student is eligible for more than one category, they only need to take the survey once.

    WINNERS should be drawn from a lottery of finalists who complete our online survey. (See “Selecting Award Winners”)

    SENIORS will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the spring prior to graduation.

    UNDERCLASSMEN will be awarded their checks during a presentation by TCP and the school business sponsor in the fall of the new school term.

    Please see the Program and Awards Guide for Full Details.

  • 2018 Competition is CLOSED

    Eligibility

    • ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 10, 11 & 12 are eligible whether or not they have received a Challenge award.
    • ENTRY: go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018TCP to submit your entry or scan the QR Code below:
    • DEADLINE for ENTRIES: The competition closes at Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    • SELECTION: All student information is removed from entries in the review process.
      • Schools will be contacted by phone regarding students being reviewed as a finalist.
    • ANNOUNCEMENTS: 3 Finalists will be announced Monday, March 19, 2018 via an email blast to the schools.
    • CONSENT: Consent forms will be sent to the finalists through their school administration for a guardian signature acknowledging:
      • Parent/guardian awareness of their child’s status as a finalist in The Challenge Program, Inc. competition
      • Agreement by parent/guardian to assure adult accompaniment at the event with their child
      • Permission for their child to be videotaped and photographed and the student’s image to be used by

    The Challenge Program, Inc., for placement on social media, our website, www.tcpinc.org, and press releases.

    • If consent forms are not received, the student will no longer be eligible and an alternate student will be named.
    • CRYSTAL OWL GALA: Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • EVENT DETAILS:
      • All Finalists must be accompanied by at least one adult and up to two adult guests may attend for free!
      • Valet Parking will be free of charge.
      • Two school representatives and two business sponsor representatives will be invited to attend for free!
      • Student of the Year Winner will be announced during the event in Pittsburgh.
      • To view past Student of the Year Winners and Finalists go to tcpinc.org/events-4/
    • To receive the CASH AWARD AND ANY HONORS, student finalists MUST be present at the Pittsburgh event.