I would add on, I think this year we all (but especially teams that are 100%-virtual) have to balance “the most competitive approach” with “what is most engaging/exciting to the team”. Personally I would rather go a little off-theme on the Innovation Challenge, build a climber even though it’s not part of the skills challenge, etc and keep all 30 kids engaged & attendance high, than end the year winning all the awards but with only a couple kids still showing up. Not that I think it will come to that - most of our kids enjoy competition and will gravitate toward competitive ideas of their own volition. But if everyone on your team (and not just a couple of the loudest ones) really really wants to approach mental health by helping people earn more money, and fully acknowledge that it may not play as well with the judges because it’s barely on-theme, and none of the other ideas y’all came up with get them excited…maybe consider just letting them run with it.
This is how we (and many teams) approach Chairmans - instead of focusing on starting FIRST teams, as the rubric incentivizes, we do the outreach that feels authentic and meaningful to us, fully acknowledging that we are very unlikely to win the award. If we were serious about winning it, we’d take a different approach.
As a side note (not fully knowing what you have in mind), more money = less stress is not a straightforward or obvious proposition. I’ve known people who’ve worked as rideshare app drivers, odd-jobs apps, and the like who ended up more stressed than ever, feeling like they had to hustle every minute of the day, sacrificing all their relaxation & self-care time, for just a couple extra bucks. Maybe your team has something completely different in mind & this won’t be relevant, but just my 2 cents