Lael Siler - Videographer/Editor
This was the first annual event that takes a pressing, current community issue and challenges youth teams to work together to come up with creative, viable solutions. The purpose of this event is to engage youth in community service, tap into their energy and creativity, teach them teamwork and presentation skills, and acknowledge them for their efforts. This year's Challenge focused on Homeless Youth in Denver. One of Denver Mayor Hancock’s key focus issues is to improve the homeless situation.
Saturday August 1, 2015
The 1st Annual Think Like a Genius Foundation Challenge Kick Off Event was held in Denver, Colorado at the Girls Inc facilities. Five teams entered and started their modeling and planning process.
Saturday September 12, 2015
At the Judging Event and Finale teams presented their final project reports and short videos. Their results were judged and winners declared - see below.
Think Like a Genius® Foundation Challenge:
This year's Challenge focus - Homeless Youth in Denver. One of Denver Mayor Hancock’s key focus issues is to dramatically improve the homeless situation.
Date of Event:
Saturday, August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On this day the teams gathered to begin the creative, problem-solving activity and develop their project action plans. They used Think Like a Genius® modeling and Roadmap to Success™ to develop their solutions and plans.
TLGF interviewed organizations interested in assembling a team or two (4 youth per team) to represent their organization in the TLGFC. Each youth organization was also required to designate one youth facilitator/leader representative per team, for each team they entered.
Corporate and Personal Sponsor Participation:
TLGF welcomed corporate involvement and matches corporate sponsors or personal donors with each team. Each sponsor or donor selected a representative to be part of each team they sponsor to serve as a mentor.
Challenge Time Period:
After the event on August 22nd teams and their participants were given 6-8 weeks to complete their innovations before being required to present them. Each project needed to be implementable, sustainable, and scalable.
Each team was required to create a 2 min. video of their project to present their results. These videos were shown and judged on September 12, 2015.
A panel of judges evaluated the team results and determined the winners.
Each team was acknowledged for their efforts. Cash awards, hats, t-shirts, and certificates were presented to the participants.
The Think Like a Genius Annual Challenge was introduced 5 years ago to youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. This highly innovative program was developed by Dr. Todd Siler while completing his doctoral work at M.I.T. Dr. Siler used the program with Think Like a Genius, LLC, a company he helped co-found in 1993. TLG, LLC used this Program with such organizations as IBM, Procter and Gamble, Chevron and the World Economic Forum, just to mention a few. The Program was originally designed to help organizations spark corporate-wide innovation to come up with solutions to some of their most pressing issues. In 2010, Think Like a Genius Foundation (TLGF) adapted the Program for youth ages 10-18. These youth were organized in small teams of 4 and challenged to come up with actionable, sustainable solutions to pressing community issues. In July 2015 TLGF enrolled 5 teams for their 1st Think Like a Genius Challenge. The teams came from the following organizations: Cope Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Young Americans Bank, Mayor's Youth Commission and Think Like a Genius Foundation.
Here are the teams and their results:
2015 Challenge Teams
Red Alert - 1st Place
(Denver Mayor’s Youth Commission)
Adult Mentor: Jessica Allen
Created a period pack, which provided
menstrual supplies and hygiene products,
as well as critical resources to homeless
Wallflowers - 2nd Place
(Girls Inc. of Metro Denver)
Adult Mentor: Star Lucero
Our team goal was to empower homeless
LGBTIQA youth in Denver by providing
safety resources such as Self-Defense
lessons in the parks and community of
Denver as well as provide water and
snacks and resources through street
Name: Not me - 3rd Place
(Young Americans Center for Financial Education)
Adult Mentor: Maura McInerney
José M. Rosales Yañez
Developed technology applications that
provide resources to homeless youth.
Golden Ticket - Runner Up
(Cope Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver)
Adult Mentors: Samantha Raso, Tristen Smith (Morgan Stanley)
Helping homeless youth through programs
at the Cope Boys & Girls Club as well as
donate clothes and other valuable
materials to Urban Peak and other
homeless youth facilities in Denver.
Little Einsteins - Runner Up
(Think Like A Genius Foundation)
Adult Mentor: Eric Siler
Provide social media messaging to show
that homeless youth are not hopeless, as
well as provide 3 homeless youth with
sleeping bags and back packs, along with
other important resources for them to