Mar 10, 2019

Challenge Los Angeles

  • Crimson Education
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, 333 S Beaudry Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
Multiple Competition Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership Research Opportunity Skill Building


Challenge Los Angeles is a seven-week competition in which teams of students from various Los Angeles high schools are challenged to develop solutions to complex problems facing their communities.

WHAT IS CHALLENGE LOS ANGELES? Challenge Los Angeles is a project-based program that empowers students to become change agents in their communities. Students are presented with various challenges/problems their community members face. This may include, hunger, homelessness, environmental, voter/civic participation, and healthy living choices. Each team of students selects one issue to address. They spend 7 weeks creating, designing and implementing their solution. After the 7 weeks, the teams present their work to a team of judges. Students are recognized for their commitment to their communities, awarded opportunities to grow their leadership skills and invited to participate at events. 

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range



X/5 = 4

Only 8 students are selected for each team from 20 schools in Los Angeles so depending upon how many students might be interested in participating from your school it could become very competitive. Additionally, schools take this competition very seriously since it deals with such complex issues. To actually win the competition will take a lot of creativity, dedication, teamwork, and an overall passion for civic justice. 

Participation Cost

X/5 = 2 

It is free to join the competition but you will need money for supplies and transportation to the events. If needed, your high school can apply to receive a $500.00 grant to support your project. You can apply for this grant directly through the competition. 

Minimum Technical Skill Needed

X/5 = 4

Competitors need to be very creative, excellent team players, and candidates who are interested in social reforms. The project is dealing with very complex problems like homelessness, global warming, voting rights etc. To present groundbreaking viable project solutions with the final results will take great skill.

Time Commitment

X/5 = 3 

The project only lasts for 7 weeks so the good thing with that is the challenge only takes place for a short amount of time. However, during those 7 weeks, this project will take up a good amount of the student's time as there are regular meetings and ceremonies one must attend. Also to have a fantastic final presentation will take a lot of dedication from each team member.

Application Deadline

September 21, 2018. That was the deadline for the 2018 challenge. For 2019 the exact date might be slightly different. The 7 week competition always takes place between October to December with a registration cut-off date in September.

Application Process Includes

Eight students must be selected from each school to make up the team. It can only be new students who have not participated in past competitions. The students also have to be from varying grades within the high school. A teacher needs to participate as a team leader. Lastly, an administrator will be involved with the team to make up a total of 10 participants from each school. The application form must be completed and submitted by the September deadline.