We're challenging young people to find ways to solve community issues that affect children and youth, and we're providing the means and incentives to do so.
3RD ANNUAL CHALLENGE 2017
to our Affiliates, Corporate Mentors, and Sponsors
Overview of Challenge with Interviews and Scenes
from This Year's Kickoff Event
The Think Like a Genius® Foundation Challenge invites organizations to assemble teams of young people between the ages of 14 and 19 to address pressing community issues in Denver. Qualifying teams and their Adult Leaders will be given stipends, and the top three teams that develop the most creative, effective solutions over seven-week period will be awarded monetary prizes.
Why Join the 2017 Challenge?
Youth Team Members will:
have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people in the Denver metro area
tap into their energy and creativity
learn teamwork, goal-setting, and presentation skills
meet new, great people and expand their network
be acknowledged for their efforts
engage in community service
see tangible results from their support in a short time
make a meaningful difference in the lives of Denver youth
support these young people in building life and work skills
be acknowledged and featured for making a difference
Challenge teams receive:
education from top experts on the Challenge topic
ground-breaking instruction and experiences regarding goal-setting and collaboration
a $500 team stipend to develop and implement a replicable solution
a chance to win cash prizes: 1st place: $3,000, 2nd place: $1,500, 3rd place $750
acknowledgement for their efforts as well as TLGF Challenge hats, t-shirts, and certificates of achievement
What’s the Challenge Topic?
Bullying is the focus for the 2017 Challenge.
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) is a community creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship. Through skill-building, mentorship, and micro-lending, RMMFI helps curious people turn into serious entrepreneurs. For eight years, RMMFI has helped over 118 entrepreneurs launch businesses as a tool in their pathway to self-sufficiency and self-worth.
"RMMFI is excited to be a partner in the Think Like a Genius® Challenge. The Challenge teams have proven
that great ideas can lead to incredible community impact. RMMFI is a firm believer that these ideas only grow stronger and are more sustainable when paired with realistic business models. RMMFI will provide each Challenge team with business basics programming to ensure ideas are visionary and rooted in the ability to successfully move from idea to launch."
- Rob Smith, co-founder and CEO
“Having worked in youth development for over 20 years in multiple capacities, I have always viewed Think Like a Genius as an innovative and strong tool of youth development. The Think Like a Genius Challenge took my admiration and belief to a higher level. In my current position I oversee the Denver Mayor’s Youth Commission. We had a team of youth participate in the challenge and each have spoken to how their lives will be forever changed due to the opportunity the challenge provided to them. It is vital that youth have opportunities to be creative and problem solve and this is exactly what the TLGF Challenge provides. I fully support making sure the TLGF Challenge is sustainable and continues to grow each year.”
- Joey Pace, Youth Success Director, Denver Office of Children’s Affairs
The Think Like a Genius® Foundation (TLGF) Challenge is an annual event that develops viable solutions to community issues by combining the talent of local youth and the TLGF's We Model™ and Roadmap to Success™ programs. We welcome your feedback to help this event improve and grow.
Training and Research
Once registered, each TLGF Challenge team will be given resources to begin learning about the issues related to the Challenge topic. From the time a team is registered and until the kick-off on June 18, each team will be required to set up specific times to meet to discuss and begin working on their solution to the Challenge topic. During this same period, with guidance and supplied resources, each team will be expected to do their own independent research. The goal of the training and research is for team members to develop a deeper understanding of the Challenge topic so they can prepare a concrete plan that will result in team success.
During the kick-off event on Saturday, June 17th, teams will have the opportunity to develop a solution to this year's challenge using the research they developed prior to the kick-off event, and propose how they will implement it and measure its success. Each team submitting an actionable, reasonable proposal will be provided a stipend of $500, in the form of a debit card, as working capital.
Kick-Off-Event - Saturday June 17
The kick-off event will begin the seven-week Challenge. Teams will gather to address the Challenge topic. Using the Think Like a Genius® Foundation’s Roadmap to Success™ program modeling process and other TLGF supporting resources, teams will be guided in formulating solutions to the Challenge, as well as creating a plan (roadmap) to implement their solutions effectively. During this seven-week period teams will meet to take action on achieving their solutions to the Challenge topic.
Final Presentations - Saturday August 5
Teams will gather to present their solutions including videos to a panel of judges, the other participating teams, family, friends, and invited guests. The judges will evaluate the results, winners will be determined, and awards will be presented. All participants and sponsors will we be acknowledged and appreciated.
Note: These criteria may be subject to slight modifications before the Kick-off event.
Winning teams will be announced at the conclusion of the Presentation and Judging event.
1st Place: $3,000
2nd place $1,500
3rd place $ 750
For More Information - Contact:
Eric Siler at 720-988-8854 or