The Rock Challenge is run by the Be Your Best Foundation, who contribute to improving the quality of life for all of society by encouraging young people to take an active role in building safe and healthy communities. The Rock Challenge is a performing arts competition for secondary schools and colleges, which was introduced into the United Kingdom by the Hampshire constabulary in 1996.
The challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. The aim is also to be the best that they can without the use of nicotine, alcohol or other drugs, and there are severe penalties for anyone who fails that challenge on any event day and for their team too.
The Rock Challenge reaches its pinnacle in two breath-taking northern and southern finals that are supported by Ansvar.
Feedback / research indicate that the concept works, with young people clamouring to return year after year to take part, with improved relationships with teachers at school, with a reduction - or even cessation - of substance abuse by team members and with a lower incidence of substance abuse generally within participating schools. Attendance rates are also boosted, as are staying-on rates into the sixth-form.
Videos of past performances can be found on http://www.globalrockchallenge.com/
Rock Challenge have now also launched Junior Rock Challenge which is aimed at junior schools.