Nevada Youth Wildfire Preparedness Challenge

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Get ready to make a difference in your community with the Nevada Youth Wildfire Preparedness Challenge!

This challenge is meant to involve youth in Nevada by helping them prepare for wildfire in their local communities. Providing youth with the knowledge they need to make a difference can strengthen the bonds between organizations like us, and community members like you… plus there are prizes! Projects can be completed in as little as an afternoon or spread out over a few weeks.


A panel of judges will review projects after July 15th. Prizes for each of the following age groups: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12. 

  • 1st place $1,500 
  • 2nd place $1,000 
  • 3rd place $500
  • Judges’ choice up to $1,000 


Funding for the Nevada Youth Wildfire Preparedness Challenge is provided by the Nevada Energy Foundation.

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Learn how to get started below!

Step 1: Form a team

Your team can be as large or as small as you want it to be – but remember that judging is based on the quality of work. For example, a group of 20 people will be expected to do more than a group of 3.

Ensure your group includes at least 1 adult to supervise activities and offer support.

If awarded, the group leader will receive the award funds on behalf of the groupAwards can be made to an individual or an entity (such as a school district)In order to receive the funds, the awardee/entity must register with the Nevada System of Higher Education, submit a w-9 for tax purposes. For questions about this process email . 

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Step 2: Learn about wildfire preparedness

We have a lot of resources for you to learn about wildfire preparedness right here on our website! Here are some links to get you started:

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Step 3: Identify the wildfire preparedness needs in your community

We know that figuring out what your community needs can be difficult. We’ve created a worksheet to help you figure that out! Access the worksheet at the link below.

You can also connect with your local firefighters by reaching out to the closest station to you. They can help you figure out what the needs are in your community specifically.

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Step 4: Complete your wildfire preparedness project

It’s time to act!

Make sure you document your progress along the way with before and after photos. We need to know what you’ve done. Actions that are small, achievable steps toward being more prepared are wonderful.

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Step 5: Submit your project by July 15th

To submit your project, use the form linked above. We’ll ask for your team details, a description of your community’s wildfire needs, what you did to help, and photos of your project.

After all projects are submitted, the judges will review how well each team identified the community’s needs. They’ll also evaluate the projects based on creativity, inclusivity, and their effectiveness in addressing those needs.

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