Hunger & Poverty

14.7 Million Children are Living in Poverty

Education & Literacy

1 in 5 American High School Students Don't Graduate

Health & Wellness

83% of Girls and 79% of Boys Report Being Bullied in School or Online

Hunger & Poverty

50 Million Americans Struggle to Put Food on the Table

Education & Literacy

36 Million American Adults Cannot Read Above a 3rd Grade Level

Health & Wellness

Nearly One in Three Children in America are Overweight or Obese

Do You Have a Big Idea to Make a Difference?

Are You Doing an Awesome Service Project?

lead360 is the platform that powers youth service ideas: To realize your vision, act as the megaphone for your voice, empower you & the country to act with maximum impact.

Idea submissions are open to ages 5-25.

How it Works

  • vision

    Submit. What is your visionary idea?

  • amplify

    Compete. Which of the top 15 ideas will you vote on?

  • empower

    Activate. How much impact will you have?


lead360 is a two-phase challenge.

  • Phase 1 through January 2015
    Ages 5-25

    Phase 1 seeks the best, most innovative big ideas of young people to change the face of:

    • Hunger & Poverty
    • Ideas and projects focus on food, clothing, housing and veteran care.

    • Education & Literacy
    • Ideas and projects focus on reading and writing, schooling, access to learning materials and resources, mentoring, tutoring, college readiness and after-school activities.

    • Health & Wellness
    • Ideas and projects focus on physical or mental health, obesity, bullying, care-taking, veteran care, and environmental sustainability.

  • Phase 2 March 2015–December 2015
    All Ages

    We will collect project impact for 9 months and track the collective impact all over the country. Those who do the most will become Jefferson Awards winners.

  • All ideas are welcome, both those already activated and new, innovative ideas for meaningful change. Regional, national and online voting determines which three visionary ideas will be powered by the Jefferson Awards Foundation for national impact.

students in action quotes

Voices of lead360

"I heard kids needed help. I usually say there are 2 choices when something needs to be done. 1. You don't do anything. 2. You do it."

William Winslow, Age 8
2014 lead360 Finalist
Founder, William's Weekend for Backpack Buddies
Area of Care: Hunger & Poverty

Join Lead360
  • Share your visionary idea for change
  • Have your idea powered by the country
  • Lead a national service movement
  • Compete to have the most impact
Submit Your Idea