Help us determine the five 2012-2013 Team Up Challenge Champions! Twenty teams have already received $2500 to work on their projects. Each of the five champion teams will receive an additional $20,000 for their work and contribution to improving our community. The Team Up Challenge is a youth led service-learning initiative that encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways.


  • Our project gives Edison students direction after high school. Approximately 33 percent of Edison seniors go to a 4-year university, and from there, it is unknown how many receive their degree and attain their desired career. Through exploring college and careers and mentoring younger students, e=mc2 hopes to change this.
  • We have attended 7 career and college related field trips: UT Austin, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Our Lady of the Lake, Trinity, St. Mary’s, and Texas Biomedical Institute. Before the school year is over, we will visit Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas State, UT Health Science Center, and GGC Engineers.
  • We helped 60 middle schoolers create plans for their futures. We first identified 3 careers that matched their interests. Then we explored majors that lined up with these careers, and pinpointed colleges that offer these majors. The middle schoolers created high school plans to gain acceptance into these colleges.
  • Student leaders have planned trips to schools that are further away, which are much more expensive to visit. Together, we fundraised and applied for grants to see these dreams schools (UT Austin and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. We are currently fundraising for Baylor, Texas A&M, and Texas State).
  • With the champion award, our program could last a decade. This would benefit hundreds of Edison students as they prepare for higher education. In addition, the program would come full circle: the middle schoolers we mentored would become freshman, join e=mc2, explore college and careers, and become mentors themselves.