Youth across the country are taking a stand against America’s #1 disaster threat: home fires.
Project Paradigm (a private foundation), the American Red Cross, and a broad coalition of fire, youth, and educational organizations (including the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance) recently launched an annual youth competition to inspire positive change in the world. The first annual Paradigm Challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.
Fire is everyone’s fight. Home fires kill more Americans than earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados combined. Youth are invited to use science, technology, engineering, math, kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help save lives.
The deadline to submit ideas to help fire preparedness, prevention, detection, or suppression is May 1, 2015. We welcome inventions, videos, posters, messages, community events, websites, games, apps, and any other solution that might help reduce the massive harm caused by home fires.
A Blue-Ribbon panel of judges will evaluate the entries based on efficacy, feasibility, originality, collaboration, and presentation. The top three teams in each age division (7 to 10, 11 to 14, and 15 to 18) will share $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively. One of the First Place teams will be selected as the Grand Prize winner and will share $100,000. If any of the winning teams have less than four members, each winning member will receive 25% of the team prize. Project Paradigm will donate any remaining amount to one or more organizations involved in fire prevention.
Up to four members of the First Place and Grand Prize teams (and a parent or legal guardian for each member) also will receive a 3-day/4-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Project Paradigm Awards Ceremony.
Project Paradigm also will award cash grants from a pool of $100,000 or more to fire, youth, and educational organizations based on registrations, winning entries, and other demonstrated support for The Challenge. If your organization would like to join the coalition, or receive more information about The Challenge or the support grants, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.