Up to Us Campus Competition

Up to Us is a program that empowers students to educate peers on our 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!

Join the groundswell that changes the future for your generation. Enter the annual campus competition to make an impact, while gaining access to leadership development and incredible prizes!

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Benefits of participating

  • 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.
  • Training. Team Leaders will attend an Up to Us traning in the San Francisco Bay Area for formal training. Travel and lodging will be covered.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Now-January 16: Confirm your participation in Campus Competition, form team of 3+ students, attend 30 minute welcome webinar
  • January 16-March 21: Receive weekly leadership and campaign management training, host smaller campaign activities, submit Campaign Proposal for Signature Events, My Two Cents Day, and Wildcard
  • February 9-11: Attend an Up to Us Training in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • February 15: Host your My Two Cents Day!
  • February 16-March 22: Host your Wildcard Activity
  • March 23: Final Report due
  • April 2018: Top teams announced


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or grad student in the U.S.

Deadline to Apply - January 12

To learn more please contact kchan@netimpact.org


  • 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.