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Up to Us - Fiscal Challenge
April 17, 2020

Up to Us is a program that empowers students to educate peers on our long-term national debt, how it could affect their economic opportunities, and what our generation can do to have a voice in raising awareness of our fiscal challenges!

Description
The goal

Through the annual competition, select teams from colleges and universities nation-wide receive training and funds to run tailored campus campaigns to educate their peers and inspire collective action! Prizes include $10,000 and paid trips to world-class conferences, among others.

What are the benefits of joining the Competition?

Up to Us is committed to the success of all teams who join the movement and bring the conversation to their campus and community. All teams have access to the resources, training, and on-going support to be successful and further harness their experience and skills for long-term leadership. By joining this cohort of emerging leaders, you can help shape the economic future our generation will ultimately inherit. Up to Us offers you the opportunity to be the voice of your generation and to create a meaningful impact on your campus community.

- Every student/team who competes in the Up to Us Campus Competition will receive the necessary funding to execute creative and effective campaigns.
- Access to leadership and project management training through live trainings and at your fingertips through our Crew2030 platform means you can develop your skills when, where, and how you want
- Unparalleled access to thought-leaders in public policy, fiscal policy, social entrepreneurship, and more, as well as an opportunity to meet your peers and fellow emerging leaders
- Dedicated staff support to ensure your team and campaigns are as efficient and effective as possible
An invitation into the Up to Us Alumni Network (and its varied perks!), upon completion of the Competition

What is the time commitment?

Time commitment is minimal and flexible based on the impact you are hoping to create. While the time per week does change by participant/team, successful competitors should look to commit 2-4 hours a week for the duration of the competition.

Now-February 5: Confirm your participation in Campus Competition
February-April 17: Receive weekly leadership and campaign management training
February 28 - March 1: Attend the Up to Us training in Oakland, CA
March 12: Host your Day of Action event(s)
March - April 17: Host your Capstone event(s)
April 17: Final Report due
April 2020: Top teams announced

Training Team Leaders will travel to Oakland, CA February 28 - March 1 for formal training. Travel and lodging will be covered.

How will campaigns be judged?

Student campaigns will be judged by competition organizers and a diverse panel. Campaigns will be scored on a variety of criteria including the success of key campaign activities and the creativity and vision behind those activities.

Campaign Funding, Training, & Support

Up to Us is committed to the success of all teams who join the movement and bring the conversation to their campus and community. All teams have access to the resources, training, and on-going support to be successful and further harness their experience and skills for long-term leadership. Campaign support includes, but is not limited to:

Every student/team who competes in the Up to Us Campus Competition will receive the necessary funding to execute creative and effective campaigns.
Access to leadership and project management training through live trainings and at your fingertips through our Crew2030 platform means you can develop your skills when, where, and how you want
Unparalleled access to thought-leaders in public policy, fiscal policy, social entrepreneurship, and more, as well as an opportunity to meet your peers and fellow emerging leaders
Dedicated staff support to ensure your team and campaigns are as efficient and effective as possible
An invitation into the Up to Us Alumni Network (and its varied perks!), upon competition of the Competition

Competition Prizes

In addition to the perks received throughout the competition, all teams who successfully execute their campaigns gain access to exclusive prizes, experiences, and more based on their final ranking. A select group of top-performing students will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with policy organizations, civic groups, and leaders from across the political spectrum to discuss the next generation's stake in fiscal issues, and attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit.

All Team Leaders: All-expenses-paid trip to the Up to Us Leadership training in either Fall or Spring cohort (locations vary by year)
First Place Team: $10,000 cash prize, core members of the winning team will be invited to attend a national conference where their achievement will be formally announced and recognized, and all prizes listed below
Top 10 Teams: $1,000 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip for the team leader and 1 team member, a letter of recommendation upon request, and all prizes listed below
Top 20 Teams: All-expenses-paid trip for one person to attend the prize trip, and all prizes listed below
Top 50 Teams: Recieve an exclusive “Career Package" that includes: Acclaim digital badges and priority access to Harvard Business School Online Courses (applications will be prioritized in the reviewing process over teams that did not make it in the Top 50)
Eligible Schools
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
California State University - East Bay
Carnegie Mellon - Tepper School Of Business
Christian Brothers University, Memphis
Clark Atlanta University
Dominican University Of California
Duke - Fuqua School Of Business
Florida International University College Of Business
Florida State University
Georgetown University - McDonough School Of Business
Howard University
Mount Saint Mary University
Oklahoma State University
Rady School Of Management - University Of California San Diego
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
Santa Clara University
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
The University Of Vermont - Grossman School Of Business
Thunderbird School Of Global Management
UC Berkeley - Haas School Of Business
University of Illinois at Chicago
University Of Miami
University of north Carolina - Charlotte
University Of South Florida
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Wyoming - College of Business
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Prize
First Place Team: $10,000 cash prize, core members of the winning team will be invited to attend a national conference where their achievement will be formally announced and recognized, and all prizes listed below
Top 10 Teams: $1,000 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip for the team leader and 1 team member, a letter of recommendation upon request, and all prizes listed below
Top 20 Teams: All-expenses-paid trip for one person to attend the prize trip, and all prizes listed below
Top 50 Teams: Receive an exclusive “Career Package" that includes: Acclaim digital badges and priority access to Harvard Business School Online Courses (applications will be prioritized in the reviewing process over teams that did not make it in the Top 50)