Providing inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to design solutions
to some of the most critical issues humanity faces.


Young people are moments away from being tomorrow’s decision-makers and this program offers them a chance to practice their critical thinking, tap into their creativity, and offer their fresh perspective on issues within our society.

Solution Spotlight

Spreading Sprouts

Elementary school students across the San Fernando Valley are growing vegetables in gardens at their school and learning all about the principles of science, technology,...
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CultivATE Teaches Us How to Grow Healthy Food

Today, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet students can take a class that teachers them to grow vegetables with an aquaponics system, and learn how to cook...
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Organize Change Engage Act Now

Downtown Magnets High School is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Their team, O.C.E.A.N. Los Angeles (Organize Change Engage Act Now Los Angeles), capitalized...
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Latest News

What Does it Mean to ‘Empower’ Youth? May 12, 2016

YES! is currently partnering with the Aspen Challenge in Chicago to challenge high school students to go into their communities and create sustainable solutions to...

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Solutions Focused On Light Pollution, Peace Building + Community Integration, and Financial Literacy Win the Aspen Challenge: Chicago May 11, 2016

Three groups of inspiring students from Roald Amundsen High School, Lindblom Math & Science Academy, and Roberto Clemente Community Academy, of Chicago Public School claimed...

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Here’s Why Teaching Financial Literacy Early On Makes Sense April 13, 2016

I’ve been hearing the phrase, “It’s expensive to be poor,” a lot lately. Elite policy circles, academia, and the mainstream press have spilled a lot...

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Founding Partners

The Bezos Family Foundation supports rigorous, inspired learning environments for young people, from birth through high school, to put their education into action. Through investments in research, public awareness and programs, the foundation works to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for all children. Our vision is that all young people are prepared to achieve their full potential and make a meaningful contribution to society.

Founded in Aspen, CO, in 1950 and based in Washington, DC, the Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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