LEAD360 makes service easy-to-do, fun, and accessible by seeking outstanding youth ideas and replicating the best nationwide. We then celebrate those who activate the most.
Ideas Contest through January 2017 Ages 5-25
LEAD360 starts with a contest for young people to submit their big ideas to solve problems they are most passionate about. We’re looking for submissions that are simple, scalable, and measurable – whether they are existing service projects or new ideas. Five finalists will compete in an online vote, and the winner will receive a Jefferson Award and have their project activated nationwide! They will also win a trip from Rustic Pathways. The Idea Contest for youth 5-25 begins January 6th and runs through January 31st!
Areas of Care
Animal Care & Wildlife Preservation
Ideas and projects focused on resources, rescue services and care for or with animals.
Civic Engagement & Community Building
Ideas and projects focused on advocacy, community development, cross-cultural engagement, voter education & registration, and citizenry.
Education & Literacy
Ideas and projects focused on reading and writing, schooling, access to learning materials and resources, mentoring, tutoring, college readiness and after-school activities.
Ideas and projects focused on providing medical care and supportive services to those over the age of 65.
Environment & Sustainability
Ideas and projects focused on climate, recycling, clean energy and environmental sustainability.
Health & Wellness
Ideas and projects focused on physical or mental health, nutrition, care taking and healthy living.
Hunger & Poverty
Ideas and projects focused on food, clothing, and housing.
Ideas and projects focused on providing medical care, supportive services and building awareness around the growing needs of veterans.
Peace & Justice
Ideas and projects focused on anti-bullying, promoting peaceful and inclusive behavior, and providing education and services around equal opportunities.
Infrastructure & Innovation
Ideas and projects focused on build resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation.
Activation March 2017–December 2017 All Ages
After a winner is selected, the Jefferson Awards Foundation activates the winning idea across the country through our constituents and partners. Participants share their impact on our online platform, and those who activate the most throughout the year win Jefferson Awards!