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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 is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people worldwide to connect, learn, and take collective action on critical global issues. Take action and see change by taking the Challenge today! Learn more about Students Rebuild on our [About](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/about "About") page.
You can contact the Students Rebuild team via: 1. Email at [info@studentsrebuild.org](mailto://info@studentsrebuild.org) 2. Write to our postal mail address: Students Rebuild, 2400 1st Ave. S. #336, Seattle, WA 98134 3. Social media: [Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/StudentsRebuild "Students Rebuild Facebook"), [Twitter](https://twitter.com/studentsrebuild "Students Rebuild Twitter"), or [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/studentsrebuild/ "Students Rebuild Instagram").
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Challenges

Please see our [Ocean Challenge page](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/challenges/ocean "Ocean Challenge") or the questions below. If you don't see your inquiry, email us at info@studentsrebuild.org!
Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Through our annual Challenges, we ask 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 and mailing in symbols that express their care and concern. This approach allows young people of all backgrounds and in almost any country around the world to take action on critical global issues. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. You can learn more about the Bezos Family Foundation [here](https://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org).
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 will send in, they'll 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. And yes, we realize it would be much more efficient for our foundation to simply send a donation to a charity, but 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.
Students Rebuild is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation; almost all of the foundation's partners / grantees work exclusively in the United States. One of the few exceptions are our [Students Rebuild Challenge Partners](/partners) who also support young people abroad. Learn more about the foundation’s [core beliefs](https://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/our-core-beliefs).
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, Interact), 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 just gather and participate. 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, built empathy and take action by creating Challenge items and sending them in. 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!
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](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/register).
Yes! Please [register](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/register) for the current Challenge even if you've taken one before. This helps us accurately track the number of items made and people involved with each Challenge.
We'd love to hear from you! Please submit suggestions for Students Rebuild Challenges by emailing us at info@studentsrebuild.org.

Active Challenge

The Ocean Challenge launches on September 25, 2018, and ends June 8, 2019: World Oceans Day! You can [join the Challenge](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/register) and [submit art](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit) throughout this period.
The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Collectiv, and Global Nomads Group are our partners for the Ocean Challenge. Learn more about each partner below: __The Nature Conservancy__ The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. They are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, they use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. __Ocean Collectiv__ Ocean Collectiv creates and amplifies solutions for a healthy ocean. In collaboration with experts, Ocean Collectiv advances ocean sustainability conservation solutions grounded in social justice. They provide fresh ideas on policy, science, and commerce. Collectively, their work builds public, corporate, and political will for using the ocean without using it up. __Global Nomads Group__ Global Nomads Group (GNG) fosters dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. By leveraging technology, GNG enables connections between middle and high school students to build a generation of global citizens who are empathetic, aware, and inspired to take action. [See all of our partners here](http://stage.studentsrebuild.org/partners).
Our partners at The Nature Conservancy and Ocean Collectiv will receive funding to provide and support conservation-related education, job training, and other programming to strengthen coastal communities in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and additional maritime nations. The programs are expected to reach over 3,500 youth. The funding that students generate through the Ocean Challenge will be used to support youth-focused, science-based programs aimed at developing a new generation of citizen-conservationists who can help restore the oceans to health. You can learn more about each specific project to be funded on our [Ocean Challenge Team map](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/challenges/ocean).
Because the ocean sustains us and it’s time to return the favor! Our ocean is teeming with life. Its ecosystem includes the world’s smallest organisms and largest living structure—the Great Barrier Reef—and everything in between. So, this year, we’re inviting students to create sea creatures that capture their imagination! __Upcycled__ and __recycled paper products__ are encouraged, as are three-dimensional paper creatures that help bring the animals to life. The complexity of these animals can vary based on your students’ ages and abilities. The artwork can be as diverse as the sea itself.
Yes! This is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and do something locally with your art. Just submit a photo of your artwork to Students Rebuild through our [submission form](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit). We hope you also consider creating your own ocean art display in your local community to raise environmental awareness!
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.
Once we receive your sea creatures, we’ll ensure they’re each counted and matched with $2—up to $500,000—to support conservation-related education and job skill programs for coastal youth. Learn more about those programs on our [Partners page](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/partners "Partners"). At the end of the Challenge, we'll work with artists to incorporate the student-submitted art into a special exhibit that will further promote the urgent need for ocean conservation. Read our [Art Report](https://assets.ctfassets.net/7qonaq6zrtkb/6FVKp10YrCE2e6CMgWgAwY/2f606abf365e08ad0013171d64314f31/SR_-_Past_Art_Culminations.pdf "FAQ") to see some of our past Challenge projects.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept or match ocean art with funding unless it is 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 sea creatures, they will be prompted to reflect on what they can do in their own lives to positively impact the ocean.
Yes! You can make as many sea creatures as you 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.
The Ocean Challenge deadline is __June 8, 2019__: World Oceans Day! You can [register for the Challenge](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/register "Register") and [submit art](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit "Submit Art") throughout this period.
Go to [www.studentsrebuild.org/submit](https://stage.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit "Submit"). You will be asked to enter the email you registered your team with, the number of art pieces that your team created, and the number of youth that participated on your team. This information helps us make sure your submission gets attributed to the right team. This should take less than 1 minute! After filling out your submission form, click to print a mailing slip that can be included in your package. If you don’t have access to a printer, write down the information on a piece of paper to include in your package. Place the slip in the package and mail it postmarked by June 8th, 2019: Students Rebuild 2400 1st Ave South #336 Seattle, WA 98134
If you live outside of the United States and the cost of international shipping is too costly, please feel free to [submit digitally](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit "Submit Art")!
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](https://www.studentsrebuild.org/account/submit "Submit Art")!
Still have a question? Email us!