Keeping teens engaged at home

Challenge Accepted! has been keeping teens mentally, emotionally, and physically active during their time at home due to COVID- 19 school closures. Learn more about the program results through our case study.

What is Challenge Accepted!?

Free Program For Students

  • Challenge Accepted! is a way for students ages 14+ 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 or developing a new skill.
  • Through the completion of small goals they can complete throughout their days, students earn points that give them the chance to win money for college scholarships.
  • Scholarships are $500 each and are distributed to students through a recognized state-sponsored, tax-deferred 529 Investment National College Savings Program, to the winner’s established 529 Investment Educational IRA, or to an accredited school in the name of the winner. UPDATE: THE SCHOLARSHIP PORTION OF OUR PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. STUDENTS CAN STILL ACCESS THE PLATFORM TO COMPLETE OUR SUGGESTED SUMMER GOALS AND THEIR OWN PERSONAL GOALS THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2020.


Small Tasks, Big Impact

  • Challenges are carefully selected and created to consider the physical, mental, and emotional needs students may have during their time at home. 
  • They range from completing coding courses online, writing notes of gratitude to friends and family members, exercising through online fitness classes, to touring museums online. If you have an idea for a challenge, please reach out to us at!
  • Each challenge must be met with proof of challenge completion and reflective questions to be answered within the platform. Completing a challenge earns the student points.

Registering Students

Getting Started

  • If you would like to register your child, you can get started by visiting the student registration page.
  • If you are a teacher or mentoring leader who represents a group of students, Ascend can provide you with a unique access code, which will enable us to send you reporting on student involvement and engagement for your group.
  • It’s important for us to let you know that Ascend does not sell student data. Our platform was initially designed for schools and mentoring organizations to promote, track, and measure student goal progress. We have opened up a free version of the platform for public use in response to the recent call for school closures. We ask for basic contact information so we can be in touch with challenge winners.

Example Challenges

Write a decorative note of gratitude to a friend or mentor, or craft a letter to the elderly to support Love for the Elderly.

I feel humbled after sending thank you notes to some of the most important people in my life. They have had great effects on my success and well being, but I do not always stop to show them that appreciation. This challenge was wonderful because it allowed me to step out of the fast pace of life and think about all the amazing people that I am lucky to have around me.

Student, Challenge: Notes of Gratitude

Try a new recipe with the foods you have at home to cook a nutritious meal for yourself or your family. 

I chose to make hamburgers because I wanted to do something simple that I would have to grill. I wanted my dad to teach me the best way to grill things. I would not change how I made it. I’m very proud of this dish because my little brother who doesn’t like anything even liked it.

Student, Challenge: Cook a Meal For Your Family

My favorite piece was the boots worn by Seba Johnson. I didn’t know there had been a black female skier in the Olympics! Skiing is one of my favorite activities and I just got a new pair of boots and wow they look different than the ones from 1988.

Student, Challenge: Tour the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Learn more

Are you ready to learn more about how Ascend can help your youth achieve their goals?