We exist on the edge of what is perceived possible.

At GripTape, we know young people have interests, passions, and the desire to deeply engage in their own learning and development. We make this possible by giving youth decision-making control over what and how they learn, small grants to pursue a topic they’re passionate about, and a Champion to encourage them along the way.

Our new application is now open! Do you have something you’re passionate about learning? Apply to become a GripTape Challenger in our fall 2019 Learning Challenge!

The Learning Challenge application closes at 11:59PM EST on September 30.

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 Meet Some Challengers

Alexis

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.”

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Brian

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.”

 

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Ethan

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.”

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Elicia

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.”

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Winnie

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.”

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Eddie

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.

 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!

Just a Few of the Topics Challengers Pursued

Anxiety

3D automobile design

Astrophotography

Baking

Baseball swing mechanics

Beadwork

Computer programming

Criminal justice

Cybersecurity

Dance

Dentistry

Digital storytelling

Entrepreneurship/Investing

Event planning

Forensic Science

Girls in India

Graphic design

Homelessness and feminine products

Human tissue engineering

Law

Lawn care business

Leadership

Leatherwork

Manga art

Marching band

Marketing

Music production

Parrots

Podcast

Pottery

Psychology

Public speaking

Renewable energy

Russian embroidery and cinema

Saxophone

Sign language

Sneakers

Soccer

Stock trading

Tattooing

Tennis

Textile waste

Traveling

Voice acting

WWII Afro-German children

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OUR CHALLENGERS.

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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