Through our work prior to and since founding GripTape, our team has heard from thousands of young people who express a deep, abiding desire to design, execute, and assess their own learning. And yet, far too often, these youth lack the resources, support, and decision-making control to pursue their passions.

GripTape is changing all of that. We operate with the resolute conviction that young people can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing decision-making authority into the hands of youth and designing alongside them to expand opportunities for young people to pursue their passions and chart their paths to success. What we see is surprising and powerful.

We use rapid, iterative cycles to develop, test, and refine our supports in service of learning and advancing the domain of learner agency. We aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of the skills, competencies, mindsets, and outcomes that develop when youth are given full control to drive their own learning. Our strong desire is that these efforts spur greater commitment to youth-led learning across all contexts in which young people participate, and we invite you to read our resources for a more in-depth look at our work.

Research

2019 Annual Learning Report

Readers familiar with GripTape may have seen our previous findings on the transformative nature of the Learning Challenge. Youth gain self-confidence and a new fire for learning. They’re using skills like time-management and goal-setting and active…

Spring 2019 Learning Report

Since summer 2016, we’ve pushed aggressively to bring the Learning Challenge opportunity to greater numbers of youth each year. Beginning in June 2018, GripTape set out to support youth in rural communities with the aim of learning how effectively our approaches...

December 2018 Report

Our early research examined the conditions needed to develop young people’s agency and self-direction over learning and the impact that fully youth-led learning has on young people. The results have been extraordinary. Immediately following their  Learning Challenge…

June 2018 Report – New Findings & Learnings

Since 2016, GripTape has been radically re-engaging youth to drive their own learning. This report offers an overview of organizational highlights from GripTape’s activities between June 2017 and May 2018 as well as research findings from our first long-term impact…

GripTape Learning Cycle 3 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside…

GripTape Learning Cycle 2 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside…

GripTape Learning Cycle 1 Summary of Findings

We exist at the boundaries of what people perceive possible, with the resolute conviction that youth can and should drive their own learning. We walk this talk every day, placing total decision-making authority into the hands of young people and designing alongside…

Resources

GripTape Overview

Young people are demanding more opportunities for ownership and engagement in their learning. They overwhelmingly want opportunities to design and direct it, and believe that doing so will significantly advance their development. But far too many of them—especially…

GripTape Learner Agency Framework

We observe that the emergence of learner agency is a dynamic and self-reinforcing cycle, not a static and linear relationship between inputs and outcomes. Rather, as a young person experiences changes in their mindsets, skills, and behaviors…

GripTape Snapshot

“Some of the greatest factors that
contributed to my success was
that I am doing this by myself and this
challenge is led by me. It is very exciting to
do something you want to do”
—Fatumata

Challenger Testimonials

 Young people are demanding more opportunities for ownership and engagement in their learning. They overwhelmingly want opportunities to design and direct it, and believe that doing so will significantly advance their development. But far too many of many of them…

Learning Challenge Recruitment Toolkit (En)

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?…

Learning Challenge Recruitment Toolkit (Es)

El Desafío de Aprendizaje GripTape es un llamado a la acción para los jóvenes de 15 a 19 años para diseñar, crear y ejecutar sus propios viajes de aprendizaje. ¿Cuál es una idea, tema o habilidad que siempre quisiste aprender? ¿Una experiencia que…