Be a Community Changemaker!

Hosted by Bedford 2020 and supported by the Westchester Community Foundation, the Greenlight Award Challenge will be offered in five high schools during the 2017-2018 school year: Fox Lane, John Jay, the Harvey School, Rippowan Cisqua, and Horace Greeley.

The Changemaker 2020 Challenge will require motivated and engaged students to create and present broad, action-oriented projects.  This year’s Greenlight projects must persuade or influence positive behavior change in at least 20 people, at least 20 times.

Students teams will work with faculty and community experts to design proposals for a campaign, invention, tool or project that will positively impact the environment.  Teams will present their proposals at Round One presentations, and finalists will go on to implement their projects and track results.  Finalists will receive up to $1,000 in seed funding from Bedford 2020 to put their “big green ideas” into action.

Shark Tank: Teams will present their results to a panel of esteemed judges at the Final event. Finalists who demonstrate the tangible impact their project had on the community will have the opportunity to win the Greenlight Award and up to $500.

“This competition is an invaluable experience for students, particularly in demonstrating that thoughtful engagement and advocacy can effect positive change.”                                                          – Michelle Land, Greenlight Judge and  Clinical Professor Department of Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University

“Having attended both [2016]  finals and the [2017] finals, I can tell you that the program keeps getting better. I love that it shows high school students that their ideas are credible and matter.  Thanks for creating such an empowering opportunity for students to shine.”                      – Joel Adelberg, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Bedford Central School District

Read about last year’s finalists here.


Thank you to the Westchester Community Foundation and Bedford 2020 donors for supporting this program!

 Greenlight Competition Toolkit



2017-2018 Contest Calendar

September – Kick-off Meeting: Launch contest and review application information.

September – November: Students partner with faculty mentors, develop ideas and prepare Round 1 presentations.

October:  Students sign up to participate.

Incubator Workshop: Participants meet with community experts, refine the direction of their project and learn about Round 1 presentation requirements.

December: Project Proposal Form Due

December – Round 1: Present ideas to Panel of Experts. Finalists are selected to compete in final round for Greenlight Award. Round 1 finalists can receive project seed-funding up to $1,000 and will have access to community experts to develop and pilot their ideas from January through April.

Second Incubator Workshop: Participants again meet with community experts to cultivate their projects and design final presentations that meet the requirements.

April – Final Round: Completed projects are presented at a community-wide Shark Tank event and Greenlight Award winner is selected. Winning team receives $500 cash prize!