If you could change one thing, what would you change?
We believe college is a time to work on projects you're passionate about, whether that's health, education, social justice, poverty, environmental sustainability, or anything else you care about.
We are an organization at the University of Michigan that offers workshops, mentorship, and funding for students to create self-directed projects that make the world more just and sustainable.
Our primary program is the optiMize Challenge. It's an incubator for students to develop their projects. Projects can receive up to $20,000 — we awarded a total of $215,000 in 2018.
You can join the Challenge with a project you're working on, an idea you have, or just a problem you want to solve. And everyone is welcome. Whether you have lots of prior experience or none at all, our supportive community will help you take your next steps.