Join young people from across the Rocky Mountains as they improve climate resilience in their communities.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 RISE Challenge Colorado Winners!

These extraordinary groups of young people developed plans to increase their community’s resilience to natural hazards.


1st Place – Plan, Prepare, Preserve Wildfire Readiness – Estes Park Middle School

2nd Place – Northern Redbelly Dace Conservation – Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District

3rd Place – Lasting Impact of 2013 Flood Event – Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley School District

4th Place – Natural Hazard Awareness Board for the Homeless – Compass Community Collaborative School

5th Place – Invasive Species Informational Sign on Cheatgrass – Compass Community Collaborative School

6th Place – Rain Garden – Compass Community Collaborative School

7th Place – Erosion Control -Compass Community Collaborative School

8th Place – Wildfire Readiness – Compass Community Collaborative School

9th Place – Every Drop Counts – North Fork High School

10th Place – JFK Wildfire Awareness – John F Kennedy High School

About the RISE Challenge Colorado

Educator Role

  • Guide students in creating positive change around local natural hazards
  • Collaborate with community members and experts
  • Become eligible to receive funding to support project implementation

Student Role

  • Research natural hazards in their community 
  • Engage with experts and community stakeholders
  • Ask for real, sustainable change from people in power
  • Share their ideas at the RISE Challenge Summit

  • Free PD (you read that right)

    Free professional development in the Earth Force Process, an award-winning and easy to use approach to environmental action civics. Visit earthforce.org/events to register!

  • Student Project Funding

    Funding up to $1000 in prize money and additional implementation supplies available

  • Exclusive Resources

    Educator-only access to high-quality supporting materials and resources - download the Toolkit below!

  • A Network of Support

    Access to a network of community experts & guest speakers, plus free ongoing support from Earth Force's friendly & knowledgeable staff

Important Dates

Nov. 4, 2022 or March 10, 2023

Action Project and Implementation Approval

Fall and Spring deadlines to submit student action projects for feedback and implementation approval. Groups will provide their goals, strategies and budget for an action project that improves their communities resilience against natural hazards. All groups that submit action projects for approval are eligible for implementation support up to $1,000.

April 24-29, 2023

Action Stories Deadline

Five minute video action story presentations are judged by a panel of community experts virtually and recorded to be shown at the finals. Stories are judged on innovation, comprehensive scope & research, stakeholder communication, budget, visuals, and overall community impact of the action. 10 finalists will be selected and presented at the RISE Summit in May.

May 9, 2023

Colorado RISE Summit and Student Showcase

The top 10 Environmental Civic Action Stories are announced for the final competition for prize money ranging from $300 to $1,000. Student groups take part in a reflection panel.

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