Life Skills Challenge
Empowering students with the real-world skills for success
An interactive 2-week program that combines challenges, prizes, skills-based workshops and 1:1 coaching to help students build the foundation for long-term success.
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Empowering students with real-world skills for success
gt.school's Life Skills Challenge is an exciting 2-week program for Gifted & Talented students to develop crucial life skills such as taking ownership of their learning and goals, learning how to learn, and developing effective study and time management habits.
The program includes 6 interactive skills workshops, personal exercises, and a 1:1 coaching session with one of our all-star coaches.
The Life Skills Challenge is currently full until Fall 2022. Sign up to be the notified for future cohorts!
The Challenge Experience
Life Skills Challenge
Life Skills Workshops
gt.kids come together for engaging workshops around core life skills, such as time management, study habits, and goal setting. This is not your typical online class! Workshops focus on engaging group activities to help students think through and apply new skills in a fun and engaging format.
Students meet with one of our Gifted & Talented coaches during the Challenge. Coaches provide personal guidance and support as students explore ambitions and goals, and put those goals into action with learning plans.
Exercises help students put new skills into practice during the Challenge. Some of our personal exercises include setting goals, creating a learning plan for a new skill or topic, creating a time budget for your week, or evaluating the effectiveness of a study session.
Games & Prizes
Our goal is to make developing new skills equally as fun and exciting as playing Minecraft or browsing TikTok! We do that by layering in games, scavenger hunts, and prizes to make the program a wildly fun and exciting learning experience.
Why Life Skills?
Gifted & Talented students are naturally equipped to excel, but often struggle to reach high goals because of challenges around habits and skills, such as a lack of clear goals, poor study habits, feeling overwhelmed by schedules, etc.
gt.school's Life Skills Challenge is a 2-week program, led by our coaches, in which students develop and hone 5 core life skills that impart the mindset, skills, and habits necessary to build incredible potential.
Join the Tribe
During the Life Skills Challenge (and after if students continue at gt.school), kids connect and engage around topics like chess, baking, entrepreneurship, Minecraft, etc. in our Discord community. With weekly events led by our coaches, students learn from and inspire each other, and find a tribe as unique and creative as them.
Our 5 Life Skills
How we empower students
Eligibility & Schedule
Our Life Skills Bootcamp is an online interactive program, open to US students, 13-18 years old. The program consists of:
- 6 live online workshops with our coaches. Workshops are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon / evenings.
- Personal exercises
- Challenges and prizes
The total time commitment is 10-12 hours over the two weeks. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please join one of our upcoming info sessions.
Sign up for Fall Cohorts!
Take advantage of our one-of-a-kind program designed to equip students with the foundation for long-term success. The Life Skills Challenge is currently full for the summer, but we will be opening Fall sessions soon. Sign up to be the first to know as spots open up!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment?
We expect students to commit 5-6 hours per week for the Life Skills Challenge (or 10-12 hours in total). We cover 5 skills during the program, and expect students to spend about 2 hours on each skill (1 hour during a workshop, and 1 hour on personal exercises).
How much does it cost?
What are the workshops like?
Our workshops focus on imparting skills mainly through group activities. These are not passive lectures! We typically introduce students to the skill we are covering and then have them immediately start discussing, applying and engaging with that topic. Students also have chances to engage in a series of challenges during the workshops in which they can earn cash rewards! Workshops are held on Zoom, and are 45 minutes to 1 hour. They are led by our coaches and include other students in the course.
What is the schedule?
Our workshops are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour on Zoom. During the school year, workshops are held in the afternoon / evening (US time). We offer multiple session times -- often 4 pm CST and 8 pm CST -- to enable students to join a workshop that works for their schedules.
Where is it located?
We are a remote program, and all workshops and activities are held online.
How is this different from gt.school's other programs?
gt.school is a year-round online afterschool program designed to accelerate and support Gifted & Talented students. The Life Skills Challenge serves as a great way to get to know gt.school and our curriculum. It is a standalone 2-week program, or is a great introduction for students interested in joining gt.school's year-round program.
Who is eligible?
US students, 13-18 years old are eligible to join the Life Skills Challenge.