Up to Us Campus Competition

Up to Us enables students to give our generation a voice.

Through the annual competition, select teams from colleges and universities nation-wide receive training and funds to run tailored campus campaigns to educate their peers and inspire collective action! Prizes include $10,000 and paid trips to world-class conferences, among others.

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Up to Us Is a Movement

We are a movement of a generation, for a generation! Raising awareness and taking action to ensure a strong future by addressing our nation’s fiscal challenges

How it works

A semester of action. A lifetime of skills.

Up to Us is a program that empowers students to educate peers on our long-term national debt, how it could affect their economic opportunities, and what our generation can do to have a voice in raising awareness of our fiscal challenges!

What are the benefits of joining the Competition?

Continue the movement! By joining this cohort of emerging leaders, you can help shape the economic future our generation will ultimately inherit. Up to Us offers you the opportunity to be the voice of your generation and to create a meaningful impact on your campus community.

  • Access to leadership and project management training through live trainings and at your fingertips through our Crew2030 platform means you can develop your skills when, where, and how you want!
  • High impact events like our nation-wide My Two Cents Day, paired with opportunities to flex your creative arm through a custom “Wildcard” event, make executing an impactful campus campaign easier and more exciting than ever.
  • Unparalleled access to thought-leaders in public policy, fiscal policy, social entrepreneurship, and more, as well as an opportunity to meet your peers and fellow emerging leaders.
  • Enhanced prizes give you the chance to earn resume-building experiences and opportunities, access to cash prized, and so much more.

What is the time commitment?

Time commitment is minimal and flexible based on the impact you are hoping to create. While the time per week does change by participant/team, successful competitors should look to commit 2-4 hours a week for the duration of the competition.

Check back soon for the 2017-2018 Campus Competition timeline, or sign-up here to be notified when it goes live.

How will campaigns be judged?

Student campaigns will be judged by competition organizers and a diverse panel. Campaigns will be scored on a variety of criteria including the success of key campaign activities and the creativity and vision behind those activities.

Prizes & Awards

During the Up to Us competition, students build critical skills in leadership, strategy development, and community engagement. The experience also serves as an impressive resume builder. In case that’s not enough, the competition offers students the opportunity to take advantage of prizes like all-expenses-paid trips, access to policy leaders, paid internships, and more.

Campaign Funding & Cash Prizes

Every student/team who competes in the Up to Us Campus Competition will receive the necessary funding to execute creative and effective campaigns. $10,000 will be awarded to the winning team in addition to cash prizes awarded to top-performing runner-up teams. All teams who successfully execute their campaigns gain access to exclusive prizes, experiences, and more.


Team Leaders will be brought to the Net Impact Conference, the leading forum for students and professionals who want to use their careers to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems, for formal training. Travel, lodging, and conference fees will be covered.

National Conferences & All-expenses-paid Trips

A select group of top-performing students will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with policy organizations, civic groups, and leaders from across the political spectrum to discuss millennials’ stake in fiscal issues, and attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit.

The core members of the winning team will be invited to attend a national conference, where their achievement will be formally announced and recognized.

Travel, food, lodging, and conference fees will be covered.

Paid Internships

Students on teams that successfully execute their campaigns will be eligible to apply for a paid summer internship at Net Impact. The internship includes a stipend for lodging.

Rules & FAQs

Who can apply?

Students enrolled at a college or university in the United States are welcome to apply to participate in Up to Us. 

To receive prize money, each participant must have a valid tax ID number and be at least 18 years old. (Exceptions: if your state of residence is Alabama or Nebraska, you must be at least 19 years old; if your state of residence is Mississippi, you must be at least 21 years old), and must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel in order to attend conferences or other trips.

Not a current student on a college campus? There are more ways to engage and make an impact. Consider signing the pledge and hosting an event in your community.

Employees of Net Impact, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, CGIU and members of their immediate family, defined as parents, children, siblings, and spouse and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate.

Can more than one team per school apply?

At this time, no more than one team per school will be selected to participate. We will help to connect students and faculty from a single school who may have applied separately. Students may want to utilize school communication channels to identify other students who may want to form a team.

How many members can each team have?

Participants can participate as a team or as an individual. It is encouraged to have 3-5 team members and a Faculty advisor, but it is not required! Additionally, successful teams can enlist support beyond core team members. The core team members must be enrolled in classes at the same school.

Is there a partisan-based political agenda?

Absolutely not. While the topics are political in nature, Up to Us remains non-partisan and encourages collaboration no matter where you stand politically. The purpose of Up to Us is to raise awareness of our country’s long-term fiscal challenges and how they could affect our economic future and to encourage students to make their voices heard on these critical issues. The competition is the product of a partnership between three nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to engaging the next generation of leaders on important issues.

More questions?

If you were not able to find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

There are no sides, only solutions in the Up to Us movement

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