We're Looking for 1 Million Leaders
Create a Fundraiser by January 3
Launch and Share it
Win Weekly Prizes
Teams are welcome! All types of fundraisers are eligible.
To enter the challenge
- a) create an account on Piggybackr
- b) submit your fundraiser for approval and once approved, make sure its launched!
Your fundraiser is eligible to weekly prizes and will be judged based on 5 criteria:
- 1. Quality of the idea
- 2. How much passion & initiative you show us
- 3. The amount of support you receive from your community
- 4. The scale of your project's impact
- 5. Your leadership abilities
Everyone has a chance - so give it all you've got. Click the "get started" button to start. For more info click here.
Week 2 (Enter by November 17, 2013)
Win a pair of VIP tickets to see and meet Selena Gomez at her Stars Dance Tour live in Minneapolis, MN. (details).
Week 3 (Enter by November 24, 2013)
Win a professional photo shoot and photo package from SmartShoot (details).
Week 4 (Enter by December 1, 2013)
Win an official NFL football signed by Adrian Peterson, 2012-2013 MVP and running back for the Vikings (details).
Week 5 (Enter by December 8, 2013)
Win an exclusive coaching session on how to pursue your big start-up idea with Michele Markey, Vice President of Kauffman Foundation FastTrac, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship (details).
Week 6 (Enter by December 15, 2013)
Win an opportunity for mentorship from Cordell Carter, education leader and social entrepreneur. (details).
Week 7 (Enter by December 22, 2013)
Win an opportunity to pitch your start-up idea to Kevin Harrington, original "Shark Tank" investor, serial entrepreneur, and pioneer of the infomercial industry (details).
The grand prize winner will receive the title of The Piggybackr Leader(s) of the Year Award. The Leader(s) of the Year will serve as a role model to other young people and receive funding, recognition, and support to help amplify their ideas.
The grand prize includes:
- Feature on Piggybackr's homepage (includes a professional photo shoot)
- Invitation to join Piggybackr's Youth Advisory Board
- Invitation to "A Day in the Silicon Valley" including lunch at Piggybackr HQ in San Francisco and meet & greets with top Silicon Valley mentors
- Year-round mentorship opportunities
- $500.00 grant to further your fundraiser
The grand prize winner will be chosen by this panel of accomplished young judges.
Speaker and Activist, Age 15
Since the age of four, Adora has been exploring what she can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to raising awareness about world hunger. Hoping to instill her love of learning in other children, she taught her first class at a local elementary school the year her first book, Flying Fingers, debuted; since then, she has spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms and conferences around the world. She co-authored her second book, Dancing Fingers—a collection of poetry—with her older sister Adrianna in 2009.
At 12, she delivered the speech "What Adults Can Learn from Kids" at the prestigious TED conference. That video received over one million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages.
Founder of PolishedGirlz, Age 13
Alanna has had a heart to serve since she was very young, and at the age of 8 she wanted to make scarves for every single girl with a diagnosis of cancer.
With the encouragement of her Nana, she found a passion for Polish and glitter. Her love of drawing and design led to her not only polishing nails, but adding really cool nail art. The combination of her love of art, polish, glitter and her compassionate spirit was the recipe for Polished Girlz. Add a mission of hand washing, infection reduction, and a few like minded friends, and the "Polished Girlz" were born.
Fast forward two years, and what started as a single girl with a dream and her mom, has grown into thousands of children served, hundreds of registered volunteers, and chapters nationwide as well as Australia and Canada.
Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council, Age 20
Alex Wirth is an advocate for youth involvement in government, community service, and service-learning. Alex is the Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. He was appointed by Secretary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO where he chairs the Youth Working Group and serves as its youngest member. Alex is a blogger for the Huffington Post, founder of the Youth Creating Action Network, and an active tweeter (@amaliowirth). He has served on the youth council's of DoSomething.org, Youth Service America, State Farm, and the Democratic National Committee. Alex has spoken at the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, a UNFPA Conference in Istanbul, and the National Education Association. Alex is currently a junior at Harvard University.
Environmental Activist & Speaker, Age 16
Hasib Muhammad is the Program Director of Greening Forward, the fastest-growing and largest youth-staffed environmental nonprofit organization in the world. He serves on the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council and on the National Youth Advisory Council of Keep America Beautiful, the largest community improvement organization in the United States. He is an advocate for global youth engagement, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with friends. He lives in Suwanee, GA where he attends North Gwinnett High School.
Co-Founder of "2 Billion Under 20", Age 21
Stacey started her first business, MySocialCloud, an internet security and password storage company, with her brother when she was 18. A few months later, they raised $1 million from Sir Richard Branson, Jerry Murdock, and Alex Welch for MySocialCloud. Two years later (and after a lot of hard work on the part of the MySocialCloud team), MySocialCloud was acquired by Reputation.com. Now, she is working on 2 Billion Under 20, a non-profit that helps young people pursue their passion by giving them the resources and network they need to do so.
Thanks to our Partners
Are you an organization mobilizing young leaders? Join the Challenge as an official partner! Fill out this form (takes just 5 minutes) and we'll get back to you soon.
Ashoka's Youth Venture is an international community of young changemakers. Our community aims to help an entire generation of young people take initiative to improve their communities now and throughout their lives.
Youth Venture inspires and supports teams of young people to launch and lead their own "Ventures" - community-benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations and businesses. Teams access workshops, adult allies (non-controlling adult team advisors), a global network of like-minded young changemakers, and fundraising tools to establish their own Ventures that solve problems around them. Youth Venture operates in 23 countries and online at www.youthventure.org. Join the global community of changemakers with over 6,000 Venture Teams worldwide!
With the BizWorld Foundation's programs, teachers help their students to develop the critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills that allow them to become financially responsible and productive members of society.
In the U.S. and abroad, BizWorld programs show children in grades 3-8 how they will benefit from entrepreneurship, instilling confidence to reach their goals, and helping them become part of the next generation of innovators. The programs and curricula apply to kids from all socioeconomic and academic backgrounds, providing children with valuable real-world experiences. The curricula are easy to teach – programs can be completed in as little as 10 hours - and offer a refreshing complement to standardized learning.
The 2013 Camp BizSmart Product Design & Business Plan Entrepreneurship Academy is a fun, intensive, two-week summer experience for ages 11 – 15. We develop skills that help prepare students to become the creators of the world's next great products and companies.
A partnership between The WILD Foundation, The Murie Center and Simon Jackson, founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, CoalitionWILD is a movement of people under 30 to create a wilder world. The initiative inspires and empowers young people by providing a social media platform for innovative ideas, on-the-ground projects, activities and events, while focusing attention on the power of younger generations to initiate change. We look forward to creating excitement around change-making efforts around the world.
DoSomething.org is the country's largest not-for-profit for young people and social change. We have 2,215,655 members (and counting!) who kick ass on causes they care about. Bullying. Animal cruelty. Homelessness. Cancer. The list goes on. DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact - without ever needing money, an adult, or a car. Over 2.4 million people took action through DoSomething.org in 2012. Why? Because apathy sucks.
The consistent growth of tech-based economy in Northern Virginia over the past three decades has led to the rise of a number of corporations in the region that are at the forefront of technological innovation and advancement. The Equal Footing Foundation (formerly called the NVTC Foundation) was founded in 1999 by Northern Virginia Technology Council members to provide a means for the region's technology leaders to contribute positively to local communities.
GenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids to make their mark on the world. As the youth division of Points of Light, generationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes youth to take action through generationOn service clubs, schools, youth organizations, campaigns and youth leadership initiatives. It also provides tools and resources to kids, teens, families, educators and organizations to help kids change the world and themselves through service.
Girls Innovate! is a California nonprofit seeking to impact the innovative capacity in women and girls. We harness the power of community to explore and support visionary leadership among women and girls, mothers and daughters.
Through workshops, events and gatherings, we partner with individuals, organizations and families to introduce learning concepts relevant to success and positive impact in a rapidly-changing, technology-driven and globalized world.
Greening Forward, formerly Recycling Education, began in the summer of 2008 when Charles Orgbon III was only 12 years old and entering the 7th grade. In response to seeing litter found all over his school campus, Charles created an interactive website called Recycling Education that addressed many environmental issues. Charles had laid the foundation for building Recycling Education into a functioning charitable organization that works to help other young people create the environmental change they wish to see in their communities by providing them with the tools and resources they need. Later, Recycling Education's name was changed to Greening Forward in the summer of 2010 to reflect our holistic view on environmental issues.
Kauffman FastTrac is a global provider of training that equips aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and network to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship. For more information about Kauffman FastTrac, visit www.fasttrac.org and follow the organization on Twitter, like it on Facebook at and connect on LinkedIn.
Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The program is designed to increase female participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high-potential, technically inclined young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,200 young women into the Aspirations community.
TeenTechSF is an interactive tech community for teens to innovate, collaborate, and create headquartered in San Francisco. Founded by Marc Robert Wong when he was a sophomore in High School, TeenTechSF is completely run by and for teens. At the TTSF launch, over 100 students and teachers joined tech leaders from Apple to Zynga, connecting with 27 mentors and creating 14 new apps. TeenTechSF's goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of tech innovators. We are committed to equal access to tech for all youth because diversity fuels innovation. Tech powers ideas. These are our ideas. This is our time.
Leaders within the United Way of North Central Massachusetts realized that we as a community were not meaningfully acting to help cultivate the next generation of leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists. Believing in the capacity of young people to create change, in 2002 the United Way partnered with Youth Venture, and later in 2005, with Mount Wachusett Community College. Young people involved in Youth Venture develop leadership skills, build confidence, provide countless services to their communities, and most importantly, are given the chance to make lasting positive change on others, as well as themselves. At the same time they learn how to confront problems and find creative solutions.
The Young Dreamer Network is a program for teens who want to make a difference both at home and abroad. There are Young Dreamer Chapters (student clubs) across the US and Canada, as well as in Costa Rica, India, Ghana and Guatemala. As a Young Dreamer you will serve others, travel the globe, and develop relationships with teens around the world who are also focused on making a difference.