2015 Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation: High School



Win $5,000 to Turn Your Idea Into Reality!

Grand Prize Winner: $5,000

Apply By November 9, 2015




This year, the Institute for Emerging Issues challenges you to end youth disengagement.

The Contest:

The 2016 LGFCU Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation challenges teams of high school students to create new, exciting ways to engage other high school-aged students—particularly those at risk of dropping out—in volunteer opportunities in their schools or community.

  • 6 million youth aged 16-24 are neither in school nor working in the U.S.
  • Their disengagement costs an estimated $93 billion per year
  • Students who volunteer are less likely to drop out of school or the workforce
  • Higher rates of volunteering create strong communities and correlate with thriving economies

So, what can you do?

Perhaps your team wants to launch a media campaign, create a working group, start a nonprofit, perfect a new technology– or maybe you’ve got an entirely new approach or model in mind. Whatever you’re thinking, we want to hear it.

If selected, you’ll have the opportunity to turn your great idea into a reality with a $5,000 prize!



To apply, please:

  1. Come up with your great idea for getting disengaged students to volunteer
  2. Identify a few teammates and a mentor to help you get going
  3. Work with your team and mentor to create a plan of action
  4. Fill out this application package and submit by 11:59 pm on November 9, 2015


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