What happens in the Ivy League Challenge?

Together with your cohort of up to 20 students, you will move through three phases of the Ivy League Challenge:

  • Phase 1

    In phase 1, you will discover your core values-- what is most important to you? Why do certain things make you sad, or angry, or bring you joy? What kind of legacy do you want to be known for? Who are you at your core? 
    Clarifying your core values will empower you to make choices that align with your core values, so that you can recharge your batteries and stay charged. From this state, you'll find you are more curious, more engaged, you enjoy life more, and you are able to accomplish much, much more compared to if you are filling your time with activities that don't align with your core values. 

    In class we will also go deep into how admissions officers read applications, and how you can avoid the common mistakes most students make in high school. You'll understand what matters and what doesn't in your college prep. 
  • Phase 2

    Then we transition to phase 2, your impact project. 
    Once you understand your core values, in phase 2 you will identify a problem in your community that violates your core values, that you want to begin working to solve.

    Most teens care about making a difference, but before joining the Ivy League Challenge, they often ask themselves questions like "who am I to solve this problem-- I'll work on that later in life, when I'm qualified..." 

    In Phase 2 you'll discover that the best way to become qualified to solve problems is to begin working to solve them. Of course, we'll learn how to approach problems as an investigative journalist-- to ask valuable questions--, and Steve will take the class through the 9 different frameworks of problem-solving from design thinking. We will explore many, many examples of different types of effective impact projects, and we'll learn about how to start small so that you can focus on building momentum rather than get overwhelmed by trying to take on too much too fast.
    Phase 2 is also where you will be able to match with a teen mentor-- someone who has already executed an impact project and who can mentor you through your project.

    Later, if you choose, you can come back and mentor others through the Global Impact Council-- the mentoring organization where teens empower teens to change the world. 
  • Phase 3

    In Phase 3, we learn more about how to prepare now for future college admissions. We will learn about major mistakes students make with their college essays, and what to do instead.

    You will receive your own essay guide and journal, so you can record potential essay moments as they come (future you will thank you for getting started and saving time). You will also learn how to find a college that is a good fit for you. How to find professors or other experts who are researching the same problem you are working to solve, so that you can collaborate and support their academic research.

    You will receive email templates and scripts that actually work to contact and connect with professors for research. You will learn how to find your future admissions officers at the colleges you care about. Even more exciting, you'll learn how to build a relationship with each of them. When your application arrives on campus, your admissions officer will be excited to see it, because they already know your name, your impact project, and they even know a bit about your core values. They will be excited to see your application! 

All of this (and much, much more) will be covered in weekly zoom classes. 

Classes last 2 hours each. They are held with the entire cohort. They are very interactive. Steve presents information or teaches a concept, and then you'll be put into breakout rooms to discuss your perspective or to support your peers. Then the different breakout rooms come back to the main room to continue class. 
But that is just the first three months. 
After the weekly calls finish, you will still have access to the community for 9 additional months (and you can continue for $20/month after that as well...). The community includes the mentoring that you recieve, 1 or 2 impact project support workshops each month, and usually a masterclass each month as well. 
After 12 months (three months of weekly class followed by nine months of workshops and masterclasses), most students continue to participate in the community for $20 per month.


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