Welcome to the Challenge!

The 2018 Backpack Challenge will begin on Thursday, July 19th and close on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, iHeartRadio, and Valley Youth House.

The Backpack Challenge gives young people in foster care the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. From 2013 to 2017 in Philadelphia, the number of collection site partners more than doubled and we raised over $100,000 for local youth.

This year, our goal is to stuff 4,000 backpacks and collect $30,000 to support youth in foster care. With the support of the Greater Philadelphia community, we were able to do just that! View photos from our 2017 kickoff event here.

Don’t miss this year’s challenge! Email Shawn Mack at smack@valleyyouthhouse.org to learn how to take the challenge!

2018 Backpack Challenge Collection Sites

Sponsor or Host a Collection Site

Information on sponsorships can be found here.┬áIf you’re interested in hosting a collection site or would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email Shawn Mack at smack@valleyyouthhouse.org.

Want to help?

You can make a monetary donation, donate school supplies online via Roonga, or visit one of our collection site partners to drop off your donation.

When visiting your local Five Below store, you can donate a backpack at the register during checkout!

Thank you to our 2018 Backpack Challenge Sponsors!