What is the Team Up Challenge?
The Team Up Challenge is a community involvement program that teaches kids civic responsibility through hands-on learning and service within their communities. Through these hands-on programs, youth are empowered to change the world, starting right here in San Antonio. Kids identify a need and create a project to impact one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness or Uniformed Services.
Who is eligible for the Team Up Challenge?
Applications may be submitted by K-12 teachers or club sponsors from San Antonio area public, private and charter schools and any San Antonio area nonprofit located within the eligible school districts. For a complete list of eligible school districts, please click here
*Nonprofits must be a 501©3 to be eligible to apply for the Team Up Challenge.
How much funding can I receive for my project/program?
Silver and Black Give back has $250,000 to award to Team Up Challenge teams this year! Applicants may request as much funding as they need to complete their project. Our Executive and Junior Review Committees review applications and grant funding based on the nature and parameters of the proposed projects. Teams may or may not receive the full funding amount requested.
How do I apply for the Team Up Challenge?
Applications are currently closed for the 2016-2017 season. We will re-open for the 2017-2018 season in the fall!
Who are the Team Up Scholars?
The Team Up Scholars are local college students involved in our year-long mentorship program. We pair college students passionate about a specific need in our community with a Team Up group who is addressing that issue. Scholars help get the kids involved and mentor them through their community service projects.
What is service learning?
Service learning gives kids a chance to apply learning in the real world, away from the classroom and formal instruction. It connects life experiences with school subjects, bringing education alive in powerful ways. For examples of projects visit our Highlight Reel. To see studies on how service learning impacts achievement visit: http://www.nylc.org/pages-resourcecenter
For tips and ideas of how to incorporate service learning into your program, visit our toolkit page for extra resources!
Do I need to create a new club in order to apply?
No! An existing club may apply for the Team Up Challenge; however, each Team Up Challenge application must tie curriculum into the project. For example, the National Honors Society may apply for the Team Up Challenge, but must actively create a service-learning project. Some classes, clubs or teams may already be engaged in a service-learning project. These classes, clubs and teams are encouraged to apply for the Team Up Challenge.
Can I have more than 50 students on my ‘team’?
Yes! The more the merrier. However, we do ask that the core of the team not exceed 50 members. The core of a team is defined by the students who are involved on committees, plan events, and act as leaders for the class, club, organization, or team. Each selected team will receive a maximum of 50 Team Up Challenge t-shirts. Additional Shirts may be purchased for $5 per shirt.
How are the teams selected?
Silver & Black Give Back has $250,000 in funding allocated to the Team Up Challenge this year! Our Executive Review Committee and Junior Review Committee collaborate to determine what teams are selected and how to allocate funding. Be thorough and specific in your application! This will provide our review committees with the best opportunity to make an informed decision.
What if what I want to do does not fit in to one of the five categories?
Your project must fall into one of five categories: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness or Uniformed Services. However, if for example you’d like to work with animals, you can tailor your project so that it falls under one of these five categories. You can educate your community on the benefits of spaying/neutering their pets. Or you can host clinics for free vaccinations for animals, which falls under the environment category. These categories are meant to guide your project and learning objectives.
How much “school” needs to be in my project?
The learning curriculum is essential to your project. Be creative, but make sure that learning objectives play an important role in what you want to accomplish. For example: are you building a playground? Then you’ll probably be learning geometry, surveying, and more. For examples of projects you can see our Highlight Reel.
How can I get a player to visit my team?
Player appearances are determined based on the team’s schedule, the availability of the players.