Providing inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to design solutions
to some of the most critical problems 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

Get Fresh on Franklin

This fall, in honor of Thanksgiving, Fresh on Franklin, the Aspen Challenge team from George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago, partnered with Breakthrough Urban Ministries...
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MoneyLYFE Tells the Story of Valuable "Lyfe Decisions" in Graphic Novel

Lindblom Math and Science Academy's 2016 Aspen Challenge Team, MoneyLYFE (Leading Youth in Financial Education) strives to teach youth the impact that effective financial mindsets...
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Oh! What It Means to See the Stars!

Starry Chicago, an Aspen Challenge team, educates the community about the importance of preserving the night sky and that advocates for dark-sky friendly policies in...
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Latest News

Chicago Teens Confront Our World’s Most Pressing Problems: Violence, Nutrition, Finance, Science and Police Relations February 09, 2017

"It’s an honor to return to Chicago and build upon the momentum of the 20 fresh solutions implemented last year and to spark 20 more...

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Philadelphia Teens Rise Up to Confront Our World’s Most Pressing Issues February 01, 2017

“The Aspen Challenge drives youth to think critically about the world and translate big ideas into tangible solutions within their communities,” said Rajiv Vinnakota, executive...

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Empowering Students and Spotlighting Their Success Is Good for Chicago May 26, 2016

Coming from a small town, I’ve always felt that students get overlooked in a big district like Chicago. Our city’s newspapers cover professional athletes and...

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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.

The Aspen Challenge is a part of the Youth & Engagement Programs at the Aspen Institute. Youth & Engagement Programs empower generations of thoughtful, socially-conscious, and diverse young people engaged in solving the critical issues of the day.

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