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The BCIL IMPACT CHALLENGE engages Middle and High School students with real world challenges posed by professionals from a wide range of fields. Select students enjoy a range of BCIL support including funding, coaching, and collaboration with peers and experts from across the country.


Call for Proposals:

Vaccine Distribution


BCIL Impact Challenge:
Identify a challenge related to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and propose a solution.

CLICK HERE to learn more about participating in this BCIL Challenge

Students with exceptional proposals will have the opportunity to meet and share their ideas with former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, who served under President Obama and was recently appointed by President-elect Joe Biden to serve on his transition team advisory board.

Due Date:
Please submit your proposed solution by January 29, 2021, by 10:00 a.m. PST through this FORM.

Image: "Flu Vaccination Grippe" by Daniel Paquet is licensed CC BY 2.0

Past Challenges...

Increase Voter Participation


Despite political differences, Americans generally agree that democratic ideals and values are important to the United States. Our democracy is based on the premise that the people are governed by officials who represent their interests. Yet, with only 55.7% of eligible voters participating in the 2016 elections, the US regularly trails most developed countries in voter turnout. 

Create a campaign that encourages and inspires people to vote. 

Food Injustice

Food Equity Speakers for BCIL Speaking to Students


Communities around the country lack access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food, prompting calls for change from community activists. Food injustice disproportionately affects communities of color, and leads to a long list of preventable diseases. This challenge asks students to consider how communities can expand access to healthy food.

Mobilize local resources and networks to bring awareness to and address issues of food injustice in America.

Electric Charging Infrastructure


Currently, the majority of Americans live in densely populated areas that do not provide easy access to electric car chargers. Chargers are not connected to most apartment complexes or located on most streets. In order for electric cars to eventually replace gas vehicles and thereby dramatically improve our environment, we need to figure out how electric cars can easily be charged in urban areas.

Expand electric charging infrastructure in densely populated areas. 

Image: "Solar-powered electric vehicle charging station" by Argonne National Laboratory is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Life During a Pandemic


In the United States and in countries around the globe, COVID-19 and the subsequent need for social distancing to slow its spread have affected people of every age, community, and occupation. For this challenge, we are asking students to come together and consider the myriad of challenges stemming from life in the time of a pandemic. 

Challenge #1:
Address the effects of panic buying and mass congregating at markets while ensuring proper sanitation and the availability of food, medicine, and other essential resources.
Challenge #2: Leverage the power of 3D printing to improve peoples’ lives during the pandemic. 

Building Inclusive Cities of the Future 


Many urban areas around the country are experiencing dramatic economic and demographic shifts. This challenge asks students to consider how we can build inclusive cities of the future.

Challenge: Expand access to quality health care, education, housing, transportation, and entertainment in historically underserved neighborhoods while honoring local culture and resident voice.