It’s been almost five months since high school students from Dallas and Philadelphia heard challenges and began working to positively impact their communities. In that time, the more than 300 students who accepted the Aspen Challenge have demonstrated the tenacity, leadership, and optimism necessary to be champions of change in and around their school and home communities and beyond. For 24 Dallas Independent School District and seven School District of Philadelphia students, that hard work earned them trips to the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Students from the School District of Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming first place in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition at Drexel University on April 11. A team comprised of eight students and two educator-coaches came up with a winning solution to Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director Jane Golden’s challenge to use art to raise awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline and promote restorative justice and education. It was enough to earn them all-expense paid trips to present their solution at the Aspen Institute’s annual flagship gathering of global leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs in Aspen, CO. George Washington and Northeast high schools placed second and third, respectively.
The power of art is such that, when approached strategically, it can break through or transcend seemingly steadfast barriers to transform lives and bring about social reform. So, I asked these students: How do we consider an artistic approach to the school-to-prison pipeline? How could a creative campaign help to broker change?
High school students from Dallas Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) Emmett J. Conrad, Moisés E. Molina, and Sunset High Schools are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming top prizes in the Aspen Challenge: Dallas Competition at Dallas’ Union Station on March 27. Twenty-four students and six educator-coaches earned all-expense paid trips and invitations to present their solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues at the Aspen Institute’s annual, flagship gathering of global leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs in Aspen, CO.
Never too young to lead, 160 Dallas Independent School District students packed into Dallas’ Union Station to hear challenges to issues of local and national significance from cross-sector leaders at the Aspen Challenge: Dallas Opening Forum.
24 School District of Philadelphia and eight Chicago Public Schools students embraced the “mind, body, and spirit” foundations of Aspen, CO, hiking, rafting and attending the Aspen Ideas Festival before presenting their respective solutions to police-community relations, food access, and healthy living for an audience of global leaders, policy makers, and entrepreneurs on the Ideas Festival stage.
Before the Aspen Challenge team from Wendell Phillips Academy High School placed their focus solely on their trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival, they joined five other Aspen Challenge teams for a brainstorming session who, like them, chose to tackle one of the most talked about and troublesome problems that Chicagoans face: violence prevention and police-community relations. Nearly 30 employees of the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD), from precincts across the city and the neighborhoods represented by each school in attendance, met with students to explore ways to collaborate and continue students’ work to create a culture of peace in Chicago.
A team of inspiring high school students from Wendell Phillips Academy High School claimed the top prize during the Aspen Challenge competition in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. Judges awarded the winning team an all-expenses-paid opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, an acclaimed gathering of global leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs taking place in Colorado in June. Al Raby School for Community and Environment and Northside College Prep High School placed second and third, respectively.
Three groups of inspiring students from Northeast High School, Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter High School, and George Washington High School claimed the top prizes during the Aspen Challenge competition in Philadelphia on March 29 at Ballroom at the Ben. Judges awarded the winning teams an all-expenses-paid opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, an acclaimed gathering of global leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs taking place in Colorado in June.
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, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) in the process.
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, an organization committed to serving those in poverty by running homeless shelters (serving 1,000 adults and 24,000 nights year), offering youth development programs and mentorships, offering counseling service to those who are homeless, and distributing groceries to those in need (10,000 bags a year!).
MoneLYFE Lindlom Math and Science Academy Chicago Public Schools Aspen Challenge 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 can have on their lives.
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