Your peers — other teenagers — designed the Champion role. They told us that, in addition to money, they needed a person outside of their family and network who:
Champions support 10–15 youth individually for 12 weeks while you each design and execute your Learning Challenge. They serve as a thought partner and a listener, empathizing, being curious, and asking the right questions at the right time. Champions do NOT set direction or evaluate you. They are simply there to support you while you chart your own course.
Anyone who loves working with young people can be a Champion. Anyone.
Champion applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the beginning of April, August, and December to align with the start of new Learning Challenges.
“Being a Champion has been a great honor and privilege for me. Every cycle, I look forward to interacting with and supporting these wonderful Challengers pursuing their passions. Being a Champion has been one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life. Interacting with such dynamic individuals like GripTape youth, you can't help but become inspired yourself!”