To be the global leader in teaching the creative process from imagination to innovation.
To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners
to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and
The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to
have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and
service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility,
persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the
collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their
solutions at a tournament.
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit that helps kids around
the world discover their creativity. We create programs that teach the
creative process, so kids can solve problems in astonishing ways. Our
kids build a lifelong confidence in working together to solve any
Our organization was incorporated in 1999, when we took over the
charter for OM Association, Inc. Since then, our non-profit has impacted
more than a million participants. About 125,000 youth make friends and
learn the creative process through our programs every year, and 38,000
volunteers support us!
All of our programs are Challenge based, and they teach the creative
process. Our goal is to help kids learn to be creative in every aspect
of their lives.
Our Challenge program is our most popular offering. Destination
Imagination is an international tournament for kids. At the start of the
season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. After weeks spent
creating and developing their solutions, they go to a local tournament.
Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level
of the tournament is our Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration
Our programs are developed annually to ensure they are relevant and
align to National Education Standards, STEM standards, ELA Common Core
Standards and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Every year, with the
help of volunteers and subject matter experts, we design new, exciting
Challenges for kids.