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Frequently Asked Questions

Read the list below for answers to some of the most common questions we've received about Students Rebuild and our Challenges. Do you have a question that's not on the list? Email us at info@studentsrebuild.org!

About students rebuild

Students Rebuild, a program of the [Bezos Family Foundation](https://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/), is a no obligation, ready-made adventure in global learning that asks students to put their creativity and compassion to work in support of other young people in need. Learn about Students Rebuild on our [About](/about) page.
You can contact the Students Rebuild team via email at [info@studentsrebuild.org](mailto:info@studentsrebuild.org) or social media on [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/StudentsRebuild "Students Rebuild Facebook"), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/studentsrebuild "Students Rebuild Twitter"), [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/studentsrebuild/ "Students Rebuild Instagram").
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Our most recent Challenge ended on June 26, 2020. You can learn more about it on the [Hunger Challenge page](/challenges/hunger "Hunger Challenge") or the questions below under Active Challenge. If you don't see your inquiry, email us at [info@studentsrebuild.org](mailto:info@studentsrebuild.org)!
The way it works is simple: We issue an annual challenge that invites students to respond to a specific problem affecting young people somewhere in the world. Teachers and students explore the issue in class and, in the process, connect with students around the globe. Then students create art based on what they learn and send it to us. For every piece of art they submit, we make a financial donation to a respected community-based organization serving youth. Since 2010, more than one million participants in 83 countries have created over five million works of art and raised more than $6 million to benefit tens of thousands of young people around the world.
Students Rebuild is a program of the [Bezos Family Foundation](https://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/). Our Challenges work by asking young people to learn, connect, and take action on critical global issues. Once they understand the Challenge topic, we ask youth to create symbolic objects which the Foundation matches with funding for a good cause. Not every young person has the means or opportunity to raise funds, so we ask them to show they care by creating symbols that express their care and concern. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country to take action on critical global issues.
At Students Rebuild, we believe in the Carl Wilkens quote, "When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act." We're hopeful that as Challenge participants work on the items they’ll send in, they think about the Challenge topic and the beneficiaries they're helping. We want to give all young people a way to show they care, to feel empathy, and take action—and we'll handle the funding! Our unique model allows young people from all walks of life to learn about and support global issues, and helps to build a culture of giving and empathy in younger generations.
By global, we mean that we select issues that we believe impact young people everywhere—in the United States and all around the world. While historically a large portion of our funding has gone to international organizations, in recent years we’ve begun funding smaller community-based organizations that work in the United States as well.
No! Numerous Challenge teams participate in a classroom or library, but many of our teams are groups such as service clubs (e.g. Key Clubs, 4-H, Girl Guides), art clubs, or diversity clubs who meet during or after school to participate in the Challenge. Individuals participate alone, museums and community groups start teams, homeschooling parents and their children participate, and we even have teams comprised of Big Sisters and Big Brothers working with their “Littles.” Faith groups gather in houses of worship to participate, and often friends with no affiliation to any group gather and participate. So it’s completely up to you how you’d like to participate in the Challenge—what’s important is that young people learn about critical global issues, build empathy, and take action by creating the Challenge “call-to-action” item. With the help of matching funds, all of those individual efforts all over the world come together to make a real difference in the lives of others!
Unfortunately, we cannot accept or match art with funding unless it’s handmade. We require that students work with their hands on the “call-to-action” item because we wholeheartedly believe in the Carl Wilkens quote, “When you make something with your hands, it changes the way you feel, which changes the way you think, which changes the way you act.” We're hopeful that as Challenge participants work on their art they’ll be prompted to reflect on the current issue.
Once we receive your artwork, we’ll ensure each piece is counted and matched with funding to support respected community-based organizations serving youth in the current issue area. Learn more about the programs our active Challenge is supporting on our [Partners](/partners) page. When the Challenge ends, Students Rebuild will work with an artist, organization, and/or venue to host a large public exhibit or event that showcases submitted student artwork and further promotes awareness of the Challenge topic. While we try our best to include at least one piece of art from each team that mails in a package, we receive a large volume of artwork and cannot guarantee a piece from every team will end up in the final Challenge culmination. To see some of the past Challenge culminations, check out our [Art Book](https://downloads.ctfassets.net/7qonaq6zrtkb/6IyMg0GNcWIpCjC346OWep/946fbb93674ffc98012ada9b8ea0fb5f/SR_Art_Book_FNL_med_res.pdf)!
There's no minimum or maximum to the number of people you can have on a Challenge team. It's common to be a team of one; we've also seen teams of hundreds of people! Just make sure you register for the Challenge [here](/register).
Yes! Please [register](/register) for the active Challenge even if you've taken one before. This helps us accurately track the number of items made and people involved with each Challenge.
No. Currently, we can only associate one team per email address. In order to have multiple teams, you will need to register each team with a different email address.
Submitting your art is required to ensure your contribution results in a financial donation. It’s simple and your art can be submitted two ways: by mail or digital photo submission. Whichever you choose, submission always starts online at [www.studentsrebuild.org/submit](/submit). We anticipate many of these recipes will be created in a flat, paper-based format easy for shipping, and encourage you to mail your projects to us in Seattle, WA. If mailing is prohibitive for you, or you prefer to submit digitally, please note that our online system only accepts PNG or JPG files that are less than 10MB each. In addition, you will be limited to uploading 12 representative photos of your art with each submission instance. Before getting started with the submission process, here are few other important things to note: - You’ll need access to the email address you used for registration to verify your email before completing the submission process. - Know how many people contributed to your art making. This could be one person or thousands! - Know how many individual pieces of art were made. This will calculate how much of a donation will be made on your team’s behalf. - Know if you’d like to submit digitally by uploading photos or by mailing us a package of your art. Either option is great, however, all mailed art has the opportunity to be included in our final culmination. - If choosing digital, have up to 12 photos of your art ready to upload in order to complete submission. Please note, we cannot accept photos with recognizable faces. - You can submit art multiple times throughout the Challenge. If your team cooks up more recipes—great! Come back to the submission process and add your numbers. - If submitting multiple times, all your numbers will be cumulative. If you’re returning, only add the numbers of NEW art items and ADDITIONAL participants that may not have already been counted. For example, if the same group of students makes 15 additional recipes, on the submission form you would enter # of art pieces: 15 and # of participants: 0.
Here are a few specific things to note about mailing in your art: - After entering your numbers online, you’ll be able to select “Mail Art.” - This will generate a mailing slip that will provide both the mailing address and details of your submission. Unable to print right now? Write down the provided details on a slip of paper and include it in your package. This enables us to easily identify your package and let you know when we receive it! - Your numbers will be counted as soon as you hit “complete submission” online, not when we receive your package. This means your dashboard display will immediately reflect your impact. - When we receive your package, we’ll send you a notification email within four weeks. - We try our best to include at least one piece of art from each physical package received in our final culmination.
Here are a few specific things to note about uploading your art: - After entering your numbers online, you’ll be able to select “Upload Art.” - You don’t need to take a photo of each piece of art. You can submit group shots of art, create an art display, or choose a representation of your Team’s artwork. - You can upload only 12 photos with each submission instance. If you have more images, you are welcome to upload the rest to your personal gallery—a feature of your Dashboard. - We cannot accept photos with recognizable faces. If these are submitted, we’ll need to reject the photo but your submission will still count. Tip: Art held in front of faces is a great blocker! - Please make sure images are in PNG or JPG format and are less than 10MB each. Uploading may take up to 3 minutes so please be patient. Hitting “Upload and Submit” multiple times may cause duplicate submissions.
We don’t want any team to avoid participating in Students Rebuild Challenges due to the costs of shipping. If financial constraints and/or mailing costs are preventing you from sending in your art, please [submit them digitally](/submit)!
We'd love to hear from you! Please submit suggestions for Students Rebuild Challenges by emailing us at [info@studentsrebuild.org](mailto:info@studentsrebuild.org).

Active Challenge

The Hunger Challenge ended on June 26, 2020. Check back for our next challenge which will launch in September 2020.
For the 2020 Hunger Challenge, we are collaborating with 10 organizations with a proven track record of addressing hunger and nutrition in the lives of children all around the world. Learn more about each partner on the [Partner](/partners) page:
The funding students generate through the Hunger Challenge will support 10 organizations and 12 specific projects around the world that are addressing hunger in all of its forms. Projects include UNICEF’s work to address chronic malnutrition in Yemen and Ethiopia; Mary’s Meals school-based feeding programs in India and Malawi; and community-based initiatives across the U.S. The programs are expected to reach over 31,000 children and youth. You can learn more about each specific project to be funded on our [Hunger Challenge Team map](/challenges/hunger).
A recipe for a meal is made up of two things: ingredients (the “what”) and directions (the “how”). In other words, what items are needed and how these items come together to make something new. Solutions to problems work much the same way and are a type of recipe. There are ingredients, ideas and actions, and there are directions, ways those ideas and actions get put together to tackle pressing problems and make an impact. Both types of recipes are integral to the Hunger Challenge because each asks us to reflect on our relationship with food and community, and to make things that are delicious, useful, and good for everyone! So this year, we’re asking for artfully illustrated recipes—both literal and imaginative. With these two unique approaches you can find countless ways to bring your recipes to life.
Yes! This is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and do something locally with your art. Submit your artwork to Students Rebuild digitally through our [submission form](/submit). We hope you also consider creating your own recipe art display in your local community to raise awareness!
Yes! You can make as many recipes as you’d like! While many of our teams set stretch goals for the number of pieces of art they produce, we ask that they are intentional and thoughtful in the process of crafting each one.
Still have a question? Email us!