Step Up Youth Challenge

The 2022-23 Step Up Youth Challenge registration is now open to middle and high school teams from throughout Tulare County. K-8 principals: if you have fifth- or sixth-grade students at your school and they have the availability to participate in a leadership activity such as the Step Up Youth Challenge, these students are eligible to join the team.

Register your team here.

The University Preparatory High School team at the 2018 Step Up Youth Challenge awards ceremony

Held in partnership with the County of Tulare and its Health & Human Services Agency, the Step Up Youth Challenge is a service-learning project for teams of middle and high school students. The challenge takes place over the course of the school year, providing participating teams the opportunity to identify an issue, engage their fellow students, enlist the help of community partners, and implement their plans. To conclude the project, students prepare and submit a report.

The reports are evaluated by teams of community members. The evaluators select the winning projects to receive grant awards from the County of Tulare. The awards in both middle and high school categories include: Community Collaboration, Impact, Meeting the Need, Sustainability, and Best Overall. A total of $13,000 in grants is awarded annually to the winning teams. 

Challenge Advisor Training (mandatory), September 7, 2022
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. TCOE Conference Center, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Youth Summit (training for student teams) September 28 & 29, 2022
Tuesday, September 28 (middle school) & Wednesday, September 29 (high school)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. TCOE Administration Building, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, April 13, 2023
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Fox Theater, 300 W. Main St., Visalia

For more information, contact Kelley Petty at or call (559) 740-4303.