Ascend, creator of gamified goal-setting software for middle and high school students announced it will be launching a free program called Challenge Accepted! to maintain middle and high school student engagement in positive, healthy activities during school closures.

Amidst the school closures around the country during the COVID- 19 pandemic, many families are at a loss as to how to keep their teens focused on positive activities throughout an entire day, let alone weeks at a time. But small challenges that can be completed at home within one to two hours can help students build momentum with positive habits and provide creative ways to stay mentally and physically active. 

Challenge Accepted! is a way for students to get rewarded for completing simple challenges they can do while at home, ranging from completing a Khan Academy coding course to cooking a new recipe. Through the completion of these small goals, students will earn points, which will give them the chance to win $500 college scholarships. 

To get involved, middle and high school students ages 14 and older can visit and use the access code AGCA9 to register. They can then select any of the challenges listed. They earn points by completing challenges by the listed deadline, and for every 10,000 points earned, they are entered into a raffle to win a $500 scholarship. Multiple winners will be selected weekly. Students can find additional instructions on how to register here.


About Ascend

Ascend is a student empowerment platform that enables schools and youth organizations to track student goals. Through Ascend’s gamified goal-setting app, students create goals and build social capital, and administrators easily report on outcomes. Ascend is proud to be a minority and woman-owned business and supports schools and mentoring organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas, and beyond.