Master Information Sheet

For Challenge Teams


What is the 2017 Think Like a Genius® Foundation (TLGF) Challenge?

It is an annual competition in which talented, community-minded teens from Denver youth organizations compete to develop creative, viable, and implementable solutions to critical community issues.


The 2017 TLGF Challenge Focal Question:

“Bullying: How can you prevent bullying in your community (school, social media, etc?”

  1. What does bullying mean to you and how does it affect you personally? 

  2. Give some real-life examples.

  3. As a team, what solution do you envision and how will you implement, replicate,  and sustain it for one or more years?



What is a “Focal” Question?

It is the central Challenge issue that all teams will use to guide their efforts. The Challenge is to answer the Focal Question by working as a team and coming up with a viable plan and presentation that meets all the judging criteria.


In a nutshell, what is your team goal?

  • To design and implement a team solution that makes a difference for Denver youth who deal with bullying – your answer to the Focal Question.

  • To summarize your team project and your results for judging in a 5 minute presentation on August 5, 2017



Team Roles and Responsibilities:

Each team will consist of four youth Team Members, one Adult Team Leader and two to three Corporate Mentors.


Team Members Roles (these will be decided and elected by the Team Members):

  • Youth Spokesperson and Back-up Spokesperson.  Their job is to represent your team at any scheduled meetings when one or more team participants might not be able to make a meeting. The Youth Spokesperson will be responsible to report back to team members who missed a specific meeting.

  • Treasurer - will be accountable for the $500 stipend each team will receive. The stipend can be used for anything that is specific to developing your innovation.

  • Secretary/Note-Taker- each team will select a note-taker for all meetings to make sure the team documents their innovation process.


Adult Team Leader is from one of the youth organizations whose role is to guide, support and assist the team as needed.  With the Corporate Mentors, the Adult Team Leader will insure that the team prepares a plan for making their project sustainable for a year or more. However, all of the creativity, decisions, presentation etc. must come from the Team Members.  The Team Leader is a coach – not a participant or decider of what is to be done.  No youth can meet directly with the Corporate Team Mentor without the Team Leader present.


The Corporate Mentor’s job is to be a sounding board for the Team Leader and team participants. With the Adult Team Leader, the Corporate Mentors will insure that the team prepares a plan for making their project sustainable for a year or more.  It is not the Corporate Mentor’s responsibility to lead or direct the team, but only to guide the team when asked for advice. The team participants will only meet with the Corporate Mentors when the Team Leader can be present. The Corporate Mentors will be assigned to each team the week of May 3rd.


Additional Support People

TLGF's Youth Leadership Board Members will act as peer Mentors and will be available to all teams.  They have been through this process and may be able to provide valuable advice.  However, the TLGF Youth Leadership Board Members are not participants or deciders of what you should do.  Like the Team Leader and Corporate Mentor, they will also act as coaches and advisors.


Miscellaneous Requirements

Team Name: each team will be responsible for coming up with a team name and submitting it by the Adult Team Leader to Think Like a Genius® Foundation for approval.


Team Banner: Each team must have a team banner representing their youth organizations name (e.g. Girls Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs, etc., or school name, e.g. George Washington High School) - which must be submitted to TLGF Youth Board one week before June 17th and August 5th.


When do you meet and how often?

Team Members will determine with their Team Leaders the dates they will meet. You can meet as much, and or little, as your team chooses.


Me Model or Roadmap Model: Each team participant must have experienced creating their own Me Model or Roadmap.


We (Team) Models: 

  • The team model must be built on the Challenge Kickoff Event site (June 17th).

  • Team participants are permitted to bring “small” artifacts (small pictures, objects, etc.) to the event that they can use in their We (Team) Model, as well as, research information they have gathered and may want to use in constructing their Team Models.

  • All teams will be responsible for their We (Team) Models after the kick off Challenge event on June 17th. Please make sure you build your models so they are strong (use lots of hot glue) and will withstand abrupt movement – the Team Models need to survive until the final presentations and judging on August 5th.

  • TLGF Facilitators will be available to help all teams if they have any questions about building their We (Team) Models.

  • Have every team be versed in the Quick Guide tips (to be provided) - use of materials, symbolism, clay, hot glue guns, etc. by the day of the event. Adult Team Leaders must do this and explain modeling using their own personal Me Model, which all Team Participants will be required to create before the Challenge.

  • Please do not jump the gun and begin to build your Team Model before the June 17th kickoff – this could result in disqualification!!


Resource List: Each team must acknowledge the resource list they were given and commit to doing research on "bullying". These resources will better help prepare each team for the actual Challenge on Saturday, June 17th.  Click here for the list:


Beth Yohe Interview by Moises Banuelos on Bullying...

Use of Stipend Funds ($500 per team) – Adult Team Leader and all Team Participants must be accountable for all stipend funds used. Please keep a solid accounting of all funds you spend (save and document all of your receipts)


Food - Breakfast and Lunch will be supplied to all Team Participants and Team Leaders at the Kick-off event and at the Final Judging (August 5th) event.  (If you have any special food need or allergies to foods, please let us know so we can accommodate you)


Event Attire: Casual dress


Judging Criteria

A panel of five judges will evaluate each of the final team presentations based on the following criteria:




















Key Dates



















Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute (RMMFI) Training (www.rmmfi.org) -

How to develop your project, successfully

Click here for the document:



The 2017 Challenge Kick Off Event

Date: Saturday, June 17th,

Team Registration: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Mile Hi United Way - 711 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205

Food: Breakfast and lunch served


Team Presentations / Judging / Awards Presentations

Date: Saturday, August 5th

Check-In: 8:00 a.m.

Location: Mile Hi United Way - 711 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205

Food: Breakfast and lunch served

Event Rules

  • Please turn off your cell phones, NO texting during the Challenge

  • Team Accountability (RESPECT): Each team must be accountable to their team. Everyone must show up or it could impact the performance of the team and could result in disqualification.

  • Research Responsibility: Each team member shares the research they are required to do to learn about Bullying.

  • Show up!

  • Be a great teammate!

  • Do work that makes you proud!

  • HAVE FUN!!!!