Keep teens engaged at home

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.

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. What is a 529?


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 and eligibility to win a scholarship.

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.

What Challenge Accepted! Students Say

After completing this class, I feel a lot more energetic. The past few weeks with no school has made me lazy, however, this class got me back into my groove. I think that I will continue to workout every day from now on.


Online Exercise Challenge

After sending these notes, I feel happier knowing that [my friends and family] understand how much I cherish them. I’m not good at expressing my own emotions, so being able to do that in a simple way feels empowering in a odd sort of way.


Gratitude Notes Challenge

I enjoyed getting to see a visual of the museum. I liked seeing the different types of artwork and how pop art is so different than Claude Monet’s works. I liked getting to see the old buildings ‘in-person.’


Tour the British Museum Challenge