Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is the GripTape Learning Challenge for real?

Answer: Yes! Check out our Challengers page to see what other youth have done, and our Youth Leadership Board page if you’d like to contact a Board member to ask more questions.


Question: Is this only related to school or academics?

Answer: No! This is about your passions and interests, and you decide what and how you want to learn.


Question: Does my learning journey have to be on a certain topic?

Answer: No — it’s completely up to you.


Question: How do I determine how long I need for my project?

Answer: You have to finish your Learning Challenge by September 3, 2017, but you can keep pursuing your learning independently for as long as you want.


Question: How long do I have to spend the $500?

Answer: Until September 3, 2017


Question: What if I want to do something that costs more than $500?


  1. You can take the $500 and begin your learning journey, and once the Challenge is over, you can branch off to other avenues.

  2. You can do part of your Challenge using the $500, and then have someone else help with the rest of it.

  3. You can modify your learning journey so it stays within the $500.


Question: Can the $500 be used to pay other people for services or items?

Answer: Yes, but no more than ⅓ of your Learning Challenge time can be spent in adult-led experiences like classes.


Question: Can the money be used for travel?

Answer: Yes!


Question: What if I don’t think I’m qualified to do this? I don’t think I have the skill, and I’ve never had this opportunity before.


  1. There aren’t requirements to become a Challenger, just a desire and willingness to learn.

  2. This is for every young person. We purposely and specifically support young people of all different backgrounds because we want all youth to be successful.

  3. When we review applications, we’re interested in how passionate you are, not your school performance.

  4. You can submit your application in lots of different formats, including a poem, song, video, essay, PowerPoint, even a phone call. Just follow the instructions on our online application.


Question: What if I’m not yet 15 years old?

Answer: You have to turn 15 by July 1, 2017.


Question: Do I have to do the Challenge on my own, or can I do it with friends?

Answer: You can apply for the Challenge on your own or as part of a team of up to 3 members. If you become a Challenger, you can involve others. That is your decision.


Question: What will make my application stand out?


  1. Passion: You have to be able to tell us what you’re passionate about and why — do not apply unless you really want to do this!

  2. Success: Explain how this learning is tied to your success, now or in the future.

  3. Learning: We need to know what you’re going to learn, not just what you want to do.


Question: Do youth stay involved with GripTape once the Challenge is over?

Answer: Once you’re part of GripTape, you’ll have access to a new community that will never go away. If you want to continue to connect with other Challengers or the GripTape team, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so — we’re a family.