Chapters 101

Announcing the Winners of the Kognito Challenge!


Congratulations to the entire Active Minds chapter network for stepping up to the Kognito Challenge! Together, 97 participating schools reached more than 3,000 people in just four weeks via Kognito’s At-Risk for College Students mental health simulation, which was available for free to all schools with Active Minds chapters until Sunday, October 9.

Now that the competition has come to an end, it’s time to announce the winners!

20 schools completed the full Challenge, each training at least 50 students plus their Active Minds chapter advisor or Counseling Center Director. Each of those schools (see schools in bold type on the official Challenge Leaderboard) earned a $250 credit toward their annual national fundraising goal for mental health awareness and the Active Minds movement.

The following three schools trained THE MOST people overall and have earned an additional fundraising credit:

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio trained 286 people.
  • Saint Cloud State University (Saint Cloud, MN) trained 222 people.
  • Stockton University (Pomona, NJ) trained 212 people.

“We already sense a difference in the campus climate towards mental health,” said UT San Antonio Chapter President Melina Acosta. “At least four instructors with multiple classes of 100+ offered extra credit to students who completed the challenge. We were also very plugged into the Student Government Association, so we were able to share the challenge with more student leaders on campus this go-around. Overall, networking with students and faculty and incentivizing the challenge really seemed to pay off.”

Remarkably, the top three schools represent a diverse range in terms of the total number of students enrolled, and school size did not seem to impact the results of the competition. Active Minds at Stockton University alone reached more than 2.5% of their campus through the Challenge!

Each of the top ten schools trained more than 90 people each on their campuses. Those schools include:

  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA) – trained 191 people
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) – trained 171 people
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville – trained 121 people
  • Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) – trained 118 people
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) – trained 118 people
  • Coppin State University (Baltimore, MD) – trained 98 people
  • University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) – trained 94 people

Active Minds chapters had a great time participating in the Challenge and reported incredible impact on their campuses.

“We have loved this challenge! It fit perfectly into our Suicide Prevention efforts,” said Nathan Morell, Active Minds staff advisor at Stockton University. “We made it a mandatory part of our depression screener training as well as (with support from res life) had most of our RA’s take it.”

Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, home to many military families stationed or retired from Fort Campbell, KY, also reported great success.

“Our veterans, reserve, national guard, ROTC, and Active Duty students enjoyed the Kognito Challenge and gained at of understanding and education from it,” said Chapter President Lauren Schores. “We networked [with] psychology, sociology, social work, and pre-professional health students.  We also spoke with peer mentoring, housing, disability services, and student life and engagement.”

Participants in the course completed a pre- and post-survey indicating their readiness to help a friend in distress. Percentage changes in the survey data will be provided to each school with at least 50 participants.

How to Earn a Second Fundraising Reward

Schools can now receive a second fundraising incentive by helping their school
leadership implement Kognito’s At-Risk simulations campus-wide. As an on-campus leader for mental health, you’re in a strong position to help your school understand the benefits and impact of Kognito’s At-Risk simulations as a frontline solution for improving emotional health..

Any chapter who successfully approaches their campus administration and gets them
to request a written pricing proposal for their school will receive an additional
award toward their chapter fundraising goal.

We will be talking to you more about how to earn this incentive in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kognito at We are excited to host Kognito as a sponsor at the national conference in November and we look forward to seeing you there.