Challenge FAQs

General

  1. How long is the Youth Uplift Challenge?
  2. Who are the Students Rebuild Uplift Challenge Partners? What are their roles?
  3. Why is the Challenge "call to action" item a hand?

Hand-making

  1. Can I make hands and keep them and they still count for the Youth Uplift Challenge?
  2. How will making hands help youth impacted by poverty? Who provides the funding?
  3. What happens to the hands I mail in?
  4. Can I buy some type of hand to send in instead of making it? 

Mailing Hands

  1. What is the deadline to mail in hands? 
  2. How do I mail in hands? 
  3. What if I live outside of the United States? 
  4. What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our hands? 

 

How long is the Youth Uplift Challenge?

The Youth Uplift Challenge launched on September 26, 2016 and ended May 8, 2017.

Who are the Students Rebuild Youth Uplift Challenge Partners? What are their roles?

Students Rebuild, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group are partners in the Youth Uplift Challenge.

Save the Children has a proven track record of effective programming that helps empower young people by offering them education, employability skills, entrepreneurship and job training, peer support groups, and career counseling. For the Youth Uplift Challenge, Save the Children will focus on providing pathways and possibilities to impoverished youth specifically in Nicaragua and Indonesia.

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. We invest in childhood every day, in times of crisis and for our future.  www.savethechildren.org

Global Nomads Group will facilitate dialogue and connection between students participating in the Challenge all over the world. They'll use storytelling and technology to deepen your team’s understanding of the Challenge.

Global Nomads Group (GNG) is an international NGO whose mission is to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth. GNG engages and empowers young people worldwide using media, including: live-interactive videoconferencing, webcasts, social networking, gaming, and participatory filmmaking.  www.gng.org

Why is the Challenge "call to action" item a hand?

Hands carry powerful and elegant symbolism that aligns closely with the intent of this Challenge—to support and uplift youth to overcome the obstacles they face as a result of poverty. Hands are how we lift each other up, how we connect, how we work, how we give, and how we receive. Hands represent our unique identity and the unique contribution we all have to give to address the Challenges that poverty presents.  Join us in making hands to support youth to rise into a life they dream for themselves.

Can I make hands and keep them and they still count for the Youth Uplift Challenge?

Unfortunately, no—you have to share your hands with us for them to count towards the Youth Uplift Challenge. If you live outside of the United States and the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to submit “digital” hands! Instructions on sending digital hands can be found on page 3 in the Hand Making Instructions.

How will making hands help youth impacted by poverty? Who provides the funding?

Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. How our Challenges work is we ask young people to learn, connect and take action on critical global issues. Once they understand the Challenge topic, we ask youth to create symbolic objects which the foundation matches with funding for a good cause. Not every young person has the means or opportunity to raise funds, so we ask them to show they care by creating and mailing in symbols that express their care and concern. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country around the world to take action on critical global issues.

For the Students Rebuild Youth Uplift Challenge, we’re asking young people to ‘make a hand and lend a hand’ by creating hands to impact those living in poverty around the world and in local communities. Students will enable this by reflecting on what they can do, either as an individual or as a team, to uplift someone in your local community. Students will make hands to represent this commitment. For each hand you mail to the Bezos Family Foundation, the Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s youth empowerment programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia. You can learn more about the Bezos Family Foundation here.

What happens to the hands I mail in?

Once we receive your hands, we’ll ensure they’re counted and each matched with $1.90—up to $500K—for funding the Save the Children’s youth empowerment programs to support youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia. Save the Children will deliver a selection of the hands you make to youth in those countries—stay tuned to our website for details!

We'll work with artists to incorporate the thousands of hands we receive in a larger piece of art that will further raise awareness—and possibly more money—to help lift young people into their dreams. Your team’s artwork will continue making an impact long after it leaves your team!

Can I buy some type of hand to send in instead of making it?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept or match hands with funding unless they are handmade. We require that students work with their hands on the “call to action” item because we believe in the Carl Wilkens quote: "When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act." We're hopeful that as Challenge participants work on their hands, they will reflect about what they can do to uplift others—locally in their community and around the world.

What is the deadline to mail in hands?

The Youth Uplift Challenge deadline was May 8, 2017. 

How do I mail in hands?

Full, detailed instructions on how to mail in hands and a printable mailing slip can be found in the Hand Making Instructions guide.

1) Print and complete the packing slip (on page 4 of your Hand Making Instructions guide) to send with your package. If you’re unable to print the packing slip, please be sure to include this team information in your package:

  • The name of your Youth Uplift Challenge Team (the one you registered with)
  • The number of young people (under age 19) that participated in the Challenge
  • The number of hands inside your package

This information is critical and helps us track the contributions of your team. Thank you in advance for ensuring this step happens!

2) Mail your hands with the packing slip or team information to us:

Students Rebuild
2400 1st Ave South #336
Seattle, WA 98134.

 

What if I live outside of the United States?

If you live outside of the United States and the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to submit “digital” hands! Instructions on sending digital hands can be found on page 3 in the Hand Making Instructions

What if we have a limited budget? Do we still have to mail in our hands? 

We don’t want any team to avoid participating in Students Rebuild Challenges due to the costs of shipping. If financial constraints and / or mailing costs are preventing you from sending in your hands, please contact us.