THE NO BARRIERS GLOBAL IMPACT CHALLENGE
Every year classrooms and students from around the US compete in this challenge, contributing their ideas for how we can build a world free of barriers, stereotypes and discrimination. Winning teams are showcased at our international No Barriers Summit and receive funding to bring their brilliant ideas to fruition. If you’re ready to ELEVATE and make an impact than we encourage you to get involved!
Below we highlight past winners and projects in order to give you a better sense of what this competition is all about!
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“We’re continually amazed at the enthusiasm and creativity the teachers and students bring to the Challenge. With innovative ideas like these, the possibilities are endless for creating a more diverse and inclusive society for all.”
KATHY MARTINEZ – HEAD OF DISABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY STRATEGY AT WELLS FARGO
“No Barriers unleashes the potential of educators and their students, giving them the mindset and tools to break through barriers and lead with purpose. The past two years’ teams designed amazing projects that address challenges in their community. We’re grateful to Wells Fargo for helping make the challenge possible.”
ANDREA DELOREY – DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Two first-place teams were awarded $5,000 to implement their projects and invited to present at the 2020 No Barriers Summit on Sept. 18 in San Francisco:
● Compass Community Collaborative, Fort Collins, Colo., included 15 students led by teacher Bonnie Cowen. The team focused on creating a curriculum, by teens for teens that addresses mental health education in schools.
● North Windy Ridge Intermediate, Weaverville, N.C., included eight students led by teacher Jeremy Aten. The team focused on destigmatizing ADHD in their school and developing programs to help those students succeed.
Two runner-up teams were awarded $1,500 to implement their projects:
● Disability Network of Northern Michigan, Grayling, Mich., included five students led by teachers Kristen Conrad and Caitlin Chlosta. The team focused on developing a program for youth in lock-up to make community connections and discover passions to help positively fill free time once they transition back into the community.
● Conrad Ball Middle School, Loveland, Colo., included 18 students led by teacher Andrew Hinerfeld. The team focused on creating a space within their school where students who deal with sensory overload can go to reset and recalibrate in order to succeed.
Two first-place teams were awarded $5,000 to implement their projects and invited to present at the 2019 No Barriers Summit on June 13-15 in Lake Tahoe, Calif.:
Two runner-up teams were awarded $1,000 to implement their projects:
You can view the video of the awesome work from our 2019 winners here.
Two first-place teams received $5,000 to help them implement their projects:
• Grady High School, Atlanta, included six students led by teacher Nadia Goodvin. The team developed a working organization to address the lack of local sensory-friendly theaters, films and other recreational events in Atlanta for people with sensory processing disorders and related conditions.
• Hill Country Middle School, Austin, Texas, included six students led by teacher Sylvia Troxell. The team proposed a project to create a fun, interactive educational campaign about hidden disabilities to help ensure that all students welcomed, understood and encouraged to participate to the best of their abilities.
The two first-place teams also received invitations — including airfare, accommodations and meals — to the 2018 No Barriers Summit Oct. 5–6 in New York City. The No Barriers Summit is a premiere immersive event that brings together people of all backgrounds and abilities who are transcending barriers to unleash their fullest potential and live a life of purpose.
One runner-up team received $2,000 to help it implement its project:
• Century High School, Rochester, Minn., included five students led by teacher Michael Eckerman. The team proposed a social storytelling platform for students to share personal stories of hardships and barriers, with the goal of creating a sense of unity by highlighting the differences of others and the difficulties they face.
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