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

  • 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, Inc. seeks businesses in all industries to partner with high schools to stress the importance of these categories in one day successfully gaining good, sustaining employment as well as the positive impact the categories have on education and training.

    Businesses play an integral role in The Challenge Program, Inc.’s mission. Businesses directly address students introducing them to career opportunities in their own communities and the relevance of Challenge Program award categories as habits employers seek in employees.

    In the Fall. Business Partners actively participate in the fall Kick-Off assemblies at each participating school.

    During the Year. TCP will facilitate workforce activities between businesses and their schools according to the Workforce Checklist both parties fill out at the beginning of the year. All activities must be approved by school administration.

    In the Spring. Graduating seniors who win a Challenge Award are presented their awards. Business representatives and The Challenge Program attend a high school’s pre-scheduled Senior Awards Program, unless other arrangements are requested by the school.

  • 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. The award money is only the icing on the cake. Therefore, at the encouragement of educators on our advisory council, The Challenge Program moved to a lottery system to choose the final winners.

    A lottery system encourages ALL students (10-12) to compete for an award regardless of their previous academic performance. This “wide-net” concept 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.

    1. Educators select FINALISTS according to each award’s criteria.
    2. Educators are provided with Survey Slips to distribute to each Finalist.
    3. Educators are also provided with an embedded link to The Challenge Program online Student Survey. Students are asked to take the survey to continue eligibility.
    4. Once the Survey is completed, a passcode will pop-up.
    5. Students are asked to record their name and the passcode on the Survey Slips and hand them back to their Educator.
    6. Educators are to place these slips into a lottery drawing for the appropriate award category.
    7. WINNERS are then drawn from these lotteries.
  • 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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 are eligible from the 1st marking period to the end of the 3rd marking period.

    UNDERCLASSMEN (Juniors and Sophomores) are eligible 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.

  • 2017 Student of the Year Competition IS NOW CLOSED.

    2018 Competition will begin in January 2018

    Eligibility

    The Student of the Year competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students whose attitude, behavior, work habits and/or grades changed as a result of being motivated by The Challenge Program, Inc.

    • Students are eligible whether or not they have ever won a Challenge Program award.
    • Students will be asked to complete a short information survey with a chance to describe how The Challenge Program had an impact on their school-career and/or their lives.
    • The Deadline is Final.
    • Entries will be independently and anonymously reviewed.
    • Three Finalists will be announced via an email blast to the schools along with Three Alternate Finalists and students with Honorable Mention on (Date to be Determined).
    • Each of the top 3 Finalists will receive a $1,000 check.
    • Permission/Consent Forms will be sent to the finalists for a guardian signature.
    • A Deadline will be announced to return all consent forms for continued eligibility.
    • ALL FINALISTS MUST ATTEND THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM, INC. CRYSTAL OWL GALA
      • Crystal Owl Gala will take place (Date, Place & Time to be Determined)
    • Finalists attend free of charge and must be accompanied by at least one adult.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided for each to bring 2 adult guests.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided to Educators from the Finalist’s attended School.
    • Two Complementary Tickets will be provided to Businesses Representatives of the Finalist’s supporting Business Partner.
    • Student of the Year will be announced during the program segment of the Crystal Owl event in Pittsburgh, PA
    • Television and print media are invited to the event.
    • Finalists and their schools will be acknowledged in press releases before and after the event.
    • Video and photographs will be placed on the TCP website.

    To receive the above honors, students must be present at the event (Date, Place & Time to be Determined)