5th ANNUAL CHALLENGE 2019
Master Information Sheet
For Challenge Teams
What is the 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.
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 sexual harassment – your answer to the Focal Question.
To summarize your team project and present your results in 5-10 minutes on August 3, 2019 at which time judging will occur and awards will be presented.
The 2019 TLGF Challenge Focal Question:
How can youth lead the effort to reduce/prevent sexual harassment in their communities?
Describe what sexual harassment looks like in your community.
Define the "community" setting that you will focus on (i.e. school, neighborhood, workplace, media, sports, etc.)
How does sexual harassment affect youth?
Outline the activities/strategies that you will use to address this issue.
Describe the impact you will make and how you will measure it.
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 that must be implemented before Saturday August 3rd. On that day, a final presentation that meets all the judging criteria (see below) is required.
Definition of Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome physical advances and inappropriate sexual remarks about an individual or group, in a school, workplace, or any other social situation.
Team Roles and Responsibilities:
Each team will consist of four youth Team Members, two Adult Team Leaders. In addition, one to two Corporate Mentors will be assigned to each team the week of April 15th by TLGF.
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 $250 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 Leaders are from each of the participating 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 innovation, 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 April 15, 2019.
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.
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.
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 and Roadmap.
We (Team) Models™:
The Team Model must be built on the Challenge Kickoff Event site (Saturday, June 15th).
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 Saturday, June 15th. 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 Saturday, August 3rd.
TLGF Facilitators will be available at the Kick Off 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 Saturday, June 15th kickoff – this could result in disqualification!!
Resource List: Each team will be provided and must acknowledge the resource list they were given and commit to doing research on this year's topic. These resources will better help prepare each team for the actual Challenge on Saturday, June 15th.
Resource List for 2019..........................................................................................
Use of Stipend Funds ($250 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 provided to all Team Participants, Adult Team Leaders and Corporate Mentors at the Kick Off event and at the Final Judging Saturday, August 3rd 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
A panel of five judges will evaluate each of the final team presentations based on the following criteria:
1st Place - $3000
2nd Place - $1500
3rd Place - $750
Category Winning Teams get $100 each
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 Sexual Harassment.
Be a great teammate!
Do work that makes you proud!