- WHAT: A classroom contest that encourages students to pitch their ideas for a mission-focused business that addresses a problem they see in their community or around the world.
- WHY: To help students make the connection between the critical thinking skills they are developing in school and how they apply to solving real-world problems. Plus, students will get the opportunity to receive feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs, plus other great prizes.
- WHEN: Get your class started now! Pitches must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, January 27, 2017.
About the Challenge
We’re on a mission to help students build the confidence and skills they need to express their ideas effectively while becoming more engaged, empathetic citizens. ThinkCERCA’s third annual Social Impact Challenge deepens this kind of learning by introducing students to real-world people who use their skills to address the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges. We’re bringing educators engaging lessons that teach students how to make a difference with their critical thinking skills. This initiative also encourages students to explore solutions to problems in their communities and around the world by asking them to submit an idea for a social enterprise.
- Download our Social Impact Challenge packet, featuring grading rubrics, checklists, graphic organizers, and more.
- Help your students develop the necessary background knowledge needed for the Social Impact Challenge by assigning these free and premium reading and writing lessons.
- Using our classroom handouts as their guide (available in the Social Impact Challenge packet), ask students to create and develop a pitch for a for-profit business that addresses a social or environmental challenge. PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, or video presentations are all welcome.
- Have students submit their pitch and permission slip here by January 27, 2017 for consideration in our Social Impact Challenge contest.
- If you’re using the Social Impact Challenge as a classroom assignment or project, reference our grading rubrics (available in the Social Impact Challenge packet) and give students personalized feedback.
- Winners will be announced the end of February 2017. One winner will be announced for elementary, middle, and high school. Prizes include a $100 Amazon gift card, feedback from real-world entrepreneurs, and a pizza party for the winning classrooms.