Identify a Problem and Propose a Solution
You can identify a new problem in your community worth tackling and propose a solution to address it to win.
Anyone can participate, and no previous experience is required to sign up for one of the following two competitions.
Active Competitions in 2024
- Identify a Problem and Propose a Solution
Choose this Challenge if you would like to identify and solve a new problem.
- Solve an Existing Problem in Your Community
Choose this Challenge if you would like to pick a problem from our problem bank and propose a solution.
About Chaffey College
Chaffey College is a public community college located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The college is part of the California Community Colleges System and serves the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, and Upland. The college offers more than 70 associate degree programs and over 40 certification programs. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for the Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Chaffey College serves a diverse student population providing quality education that is affordable and accessible to all.
We are dedicated to supporting the many talents of our students through learning “by doing” in a wide variety of programs. The SolveCC Challenge fosters learning by asking students to work together and engage in real-world problem-solving scenarios.
- $2,500 for identifying a new problem and proposing a solution
At least one team member must be an enrolled Chaffey College student.
Applications are reviewed based on listed criteria and ﬁnalists will be selected by a panel of judges.
- Relevance: A clear articulation of a problem needing attention in our community
- Innovation: A new solution, or a new approach to implement existing solutions
- Collaboration: A team approach that will engage community members
- Social Impact: A problem-solving opportunity that promotes diversity and inclusion and has a positive and measurable impact on the community.
Rules & FAQs
What is this Challenge about?
This competition asks teams to identify an existing community issue and to propose an innovative solution.
What is the deadline for this Challenge?
We encourage teams to sign up by February 9, 2024, but will accept applications submitted after this. The final application is to be submitted by April 19, 2024.
Who can apply?
At least one registered Chaffey College student must initiate the process, applying for a team to participate in the contest. The Chaffey College student must be registered in at least one course at Chaffey College during the Spring 2024 semester. Each team must consist of at least 2 participants. Other than the Chaffey College student, the rest of the team can belong to family, friends, other students, or any other member of the community.
The program is not available to district employees.
Click “Apply Now” above.
Part 1: User Registration
Part 2: Challenge Application (You will be sent an email with a link for the Challenge Application after completing Part 1)
Please note that applicants can click “Save” at any time during the application process and come back later to fill in the remaining portions of the form.
How to Successfully Identify a Problem in Your Community?
- Collaborative: A team approach that enlists members of the community to identify a problem
- Social Impact: A problem, if solved, will have a positive and measurable impact on the community
What Are We Looking For in a Solution?
- Innovative: A solution with a novel approach to address a social problem
- Collaborative: A project that engages and enlists others
- Social Impact: A solution with a positive and measurable impact
What support do I have during this Challenge?
Each team will be assigned to a Faculty Team Coach who will help guide them through this Challenge. Each team will be invited to a collaboration group on Canvas where they can interact with others, post questions and discuss issues with their Faculty Team Coach. Teams can join a SolveCC bi-weekly Zoom call where they can learn what others are doing and have their questions answered by the SolveCC administrators.
What does the final submission for the Challenge consist of?
The final submission is a Problem Statement & Solution narrative. Teams are required to submit a video.
Support for creating a video can be found by talking to Faculty Team Coaches or through this link:
I have chosen to work alone with this project :)
Krazy About Kidz
We are an MJC student and MJC alumni, mother/daughter duo working as a team to solve the lack of affordability of child care in our community. As the owner and a teacher of a local childcare center, we recognize the burden placed upon parents by the high cost of a quality childcare center.
Back To Basics
Offering a solution and guidance for foster and non-foster kids ages 11 to 14 years old who feel isolated or have been neglected by their loved ones and the school system has failed them. We offer our innovative approach to inspire these kids who are in after-school programs already like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of America, and local community churches by educating them with crucial life skills. We intend to teach them in an interactive and fun environment where they will be inspired to manifest their skills through our Life Skills Escape Room Challenge.
Our team's overall goal is to pursue eudaemonia, or the word in Aristotelian philosophy meaning happiness as a result of an active life governed by meaning. Being named after this word, our team seeks to pursue this state of happiness through a lifestyle that isn't weighed down by the undesirable impacts and distractions that social media can bring. We want to promote a lifestyle that is healthy, balanced, and free from unnecessary negativity. We plan to do so by educating the youth about the side effects social media can have that might be unknown to them, by creating a plan to promote conscious social media usage, and by reminding people there is a whole world outside of their phones, although it sometimes may not seem like it.
Broke not Broken
My classmate Jaela and I are working together to try to come up with a solution to provide more afforable housing to college students.
Back to Basics
Offering a solution and guidance for youth through adulthood who feel isolated or have been neglected by their loved ones, programs that did not teach them basic survival skills, and or society failing them altogether. We as Team Back To Basics are here to fill the gaps.
Climate change for the most part is a significant issue in our community that my team and I will definitely be discussing in a major way. Well, it can essentially create extremely harmful really extreme weather in our community, demonstrating that climate change actually is a significant issue in our community. Furthermore, harmful weather events might specifically become for all intents and purposes more intense and dangerous to our community as a result of climate change, which mostly is extremely dangerous for us for the reasons listed above in an extremely major way. To genuinely specifically start being mindful of climate change and to for all intents and purposes start making our earth a kind of better place really is a solution. Demonstrating that climate change mostly is a significant issue in our community that my team and I will actually be discussing in a particularly big way. Utilizing fairly less energy will specifically be another method of combating climate change.
We are two college students who are majoring in business and nursing and we are striving to have an impact on our community.
My team is just me, focussing on a problem that targets all college students and young adults, and truthfully a problem that kills every day.
Annaliese Hausler-Akpovi, an English and College skills professor at MJC, is passionate in the betterment of students, civic engagement, and Service Learning. Adrean uses his drive to direct our project as the appointed student leader. Muhammad aids our team by using his analytical skills to keep us on track. Kirill uses his determined nature to challenge the direction of our team during developmental decisions. Benjamin uses his persistence and calm approach to moderate our team when in discourse. Kaitlyn uses her ability to effectively engage with people to promote our project to the public. While Adrean, Muhammad, Kirill, and Benjamin are computer science majors, Kaitlyn is majoring in chemistry. With Professor Haulser-Akpovi, we are united under the concept of contextualized learning experiences to promote engagement in MJC students’ pursuit of education. Together, we hope to serve as the stimulus to move the conversation around Service Learning forward at MJC and in our community.
Creating Community For Healthcare Workers
Striving to bring healthcare workers (all staff) together so that they get to know who they are working with on a more personal level instead of just a work environment level.
We are all MJC students, we all met through our womens studies class at MJC and were paired to do this project. We grouped together to discuss what issues women face in the central valley and discovered we are passionate about gender inequality issues, and we hope to make change in our community.
Addressing Modesto Statistics
We are two students from a Women's Global Studies class addressing the high rate of sexual assault in Modesto.
Marina Benyamein, Jazmin Sosa, Caeley Cabello, Jane Addon, Amal Alkarazoon
The Outlet is a program designed to provide minors with an outlet to talk about issues they may face in life, such as stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues that may lead them down dark paths of violence, self-harm, or bottling up feelings one may not know how to heal. This program was designed by Honors students at Stanislaus State in conjunction with students from Modesto Junior College, and informed by both research and personal experience.
Chad Redwing is help me work with other projects including smiles for seniors.
Legacy Alliance Outreach/MJC After-School Project
The team is a group of passionate individuals wanting to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and make higher education a reality and clearer vision for promising youth in West Modesto. The team is composed of both Legacy Alliance Outreach (a local non-profit) staff and Modesto Junior College (MJC) staff, students, and faculty. The common thread running between both organizations is D'angelo Sanchez, an MJC student, who also serves as a staff member with Legacy Alliance Outreach, and several current Modesto Junior College (MJC) students who desire to help young people realize their dreams in higher education.
Artists' Collective Movement
A few people looking to organize frayed and fractured communities, with a focus on the arts and making a universal resource for community organizing.
Samantha & Yarely’s Team / Peace Keepers
Two young college students striving to have even a small impact on your community
Our team is focused on expanding awareness of the hard labor and work it takes to produce goods such as coffee. We want to make as many people aware of the consequences a simple choice like where one purchases one’s coffee and who are the people who suffer from that choice. Coffee is a commodity that people have become used to having and sometimes lack the knowledge on the process and time it takes for the final product they see on the shelves of the store. Our team values hard and honest work and above all we want to help those people who do not have a voice to tell their stories and deal with the ramification of low coffee prices.