GripTape | Molly Deaver 12:32 PM (24 minutes ago) to me

At GripTape, we give youth the power to learn how they want, funding to pursue their learning, and a Champion to encourage them along the way.

At GripTape, we offer youth 15–19 years old opportunities to pursue something they’re passionate about learning. We believe ALL young people should have the support and resources to deepen their interests and chart their path to success.

GripTape is committed to bringing our signature program, the Learning Challenge, to youth who lack access to rich learning opportunities. If you’re hungry to pursue a topic you’re passionate about — whether it’s cosplay, landscaping, mask design, literacy for incarcerated people, anything you have a deep interest in! — we want to give you the support to pursue it and seize control of your own learning.

The Winter 2021 Learning Challenge application is now open!

Do you have a passion you want to pursue?

Take control of your learning by applying to become a GripTape Challenger!

We can’t wait to hear what you plan to learn!

Applications accepted until 9PM ET on January 31, 2021.

And follow us on Instagram at @griptapeorg or check out our youth-run podcast GripTaped to find out how young people are seizing control of their learning.

The GripTape Community Challenge

What would you do with six months, $6,000, and a team of young people like you who are passionate about making a difference in your community?

This program is exclusively available to youth 15–19 years old living in Colorado’s San Luis Valley and who have completed at least one of GripTape’s Challenges, either the Learning Challenge or the Entrepreneur’s Challenge.

If you are a teenager who wants to make a positive impact on your community, this is for you!
What other youth said about their Community Challenge experience:
“I have become better at managing expectations and staying productive within a group.”
“I’ve been able to expand my knowledge of what it means to work in a team, and I have developed some great friendships because of that.”
“It let’s me see that a lot of work goes into the things you want to accomplish, and it has built my teamwork skills.”

 Meet A FEW Challengers


My Challenge was called A Journey Into Culture

“The experience of the journey feels different because it is an assignment I assign myself. I don’t have any rules or guidelines. It gives me more freedom … Here, there are no rights or wrongs and you are doing it for yourself.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.

Some Topics Challengers Have Pursued:


3D automobile design



Human tissue engineering


Renewable energy

Russian embroidery and cinema


Textile waste


Voice acting

WWII Afro-German children


My Challenge was called 302 P.E.R.C.

“The focus on learning in the Challenge was really important because it helped me realize what I was being taught in my own experiences.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.


My Challenge was called Build It Cheaper

“The entire GripTape thing overall has gotten me to take opportunities I wouldn’t usually do and step out of my comfort zone. Now that I have seen the possibilities of guiding your own learning, it is so much easier to approach different things that I want to learn.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.


My Challenge was called The Plastic Journey

“I was successful because I not only got what I wanted, but I got so much more. I learned much more than I thought I would.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.


My Challenge was called Cooking Classes for the Soul

“I enjoyed this experience and wished that it had been longer. I am proud that I was able to endure and do it by myself.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.


My Challenge was called Coding

“The Challenge was the first time that I stepped in to fill a leadership void. This felt super different. That was a valuable part of this experience … It changed the way I saw myself.”

Check out what other GripTape Challengers have done.

GripTaped Podcast

GripTaped is a podcast all about learning new things and pursuing your passion. The podcast is hosted by Alyssia Janee, a teen entrepreneur and GripTape Youth Leadership Board member, who aims to help others.

Listen to our latest episode below:

GripTape On YouTube

A channel made and managed by youth, for youth.

The GripTape Learning Challenge

The GripTape Learning Challenge is a call to action to youth ages 15–19 years old to design, create, and execute their own learning journeys. What is an idea, topic, or skill you’ve always wanted to learn? An experience you can invent, design, and drive yourself? Challengers have learned about rap communities, coding, fashion design businesses, landscaping, the brain, and teaching. Apply today, and if selected, we’ll give you the opportunity and support you need to pursue what you’re passionate about!

Noel Negron's Learning Challenge

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GripTape Champions support our youth with regular, virtual check-ins for up to 12 weeks, expressing encouragement and deep interest in the learning journeys of Challengers. This is an opportunity for volunteers who believe unwaveringly in the ability of young people to drive their learning and chart their paths to success. You’ll be inspired!

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