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Youth in the San Luis Valley and Connecticut —

The GripTape Learning Challenge is coming to the San Luis Valley, CO this summer!

And Connecticut — the Learning Challenge is back for one more round this summer!

The application is open NOW for 15 to 19-year-old youth living in the San Luis Valley, CO and throughout Connecticut.

Apply Today!

All other youth — we’ll see you in October when our national application opens!

Want to learn more about applying for the Learning Challenge?

Join GripTape Youth Leaders for an online information session! Click on an option below to sign up for your date and time!

July 26, 5–6PM EST/3–4PM MT

August 4, 6–7PM EST/4–5PM MT

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.


Click here to learn more about the 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!




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!



“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.”


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


“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.”


“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.

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