Olymp-i-a Challenge for
Children and Youth
Our Vision for Children... is that every child receives support, encouragement, and
education to practice and strengthen skills in compassion, empathy, positive awareness, peace, green-living,
and health and in so doing, every child enjoys more happiness and well-being and helps create a better world.
A basic truth: We grow stronger in what we practice.
The "Olymp-i-a Challenge" is a fun and simple
way for children and youth to discover and practice compassion and empathy and grow stronger in peace, green-living, and health.
The "i" and the "a" in "Olymp-i-a" stand for positive "ideas" and "actions."
The challenge is for children and youth to take a few minutes each day to write or draw about their own positive idea or action
for health, green-living, or peace. The challenge can be for any number of days, depending on the desires of the individual
or group. It is ideal for the challenge to continue for 21 to 30 days, however, shorter times may be good to get started.
Resources for Schools, Teachers, Group Leaders, Project Leaders, Organizations (click on the links for resources):
Olymp-i-a Challenge 1-Page Summary & Simple Start-Up Instructions and Resources
You can use this orientation, instruction, and resource packet to begin.
Olymp-i-a Challenge Models for Various Settings
Click on this link to find models for implementing the Olymp-i-a Challenge
in various settings (schools, clubs, libraries, youth groups & organizations such as Roots & Shoots, homeschools,
Special Olympics, Scouts)
Click the links above to view the "100
To Do Lists" (also access via the website's Navigation Bar). The files can be downloaded. The "Lists"
provide 100 daily prompts for positive ideas and actions for peace, green-living, and health. By writing or drawing a response
to an item on the list, a child or youth completes the Challenge for the day. Just pick items from the list to do (one
for each day of the Challenge). It can be that simple. Of course a child or youth does not have to stick with the list.
It can be a helpful tool to get started or it can provide plenty of daily items for an entire Challenge period.
NOTE: People of any age can use the lists to get in the practice habit.
ONLINE Olymp-i-a Challenge participation options:
Olymp-i-a Challenge Action Packet
The Action Packet is a useful instruction guide for school principals,
teachers, youth group leaders, youth mentors, volunteers, etc. The Action Packet contains (all in one file) an introduction/overview
of the Challenge, instructions/tips for implementation, and samples of achievement certificates and "Olymp-i-a Challenge"
journal labels. The Action Packet can be customized for the school or youth group involved by entering the Name/Logo
of the School/ Group/ Organization in the areas identified in the packet documents. Examples of customized Action Packets made for organizations and schools (Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots, Ashoka Changemaker
Schools) are available below, under "Customized Action Packets". The distinct
sets of instructions within the packet may be copied separately, as needed, and are prepared for two-sided copying.
**The individual documents included in the Action Packet are also provided
in the first 6 links below.