July 6, 2017, Aspen, CO — After an engagement with Chicago Police Department, City of Chicago employees, and fellow Aspen Challenge Chicago competitors-turned-partners at City of Chicago Public Safety Headquarters earlier this month, Wendell Phillips Academy High School sophomore Trevon Walker said, “The train doesn’t stop here.”

The passion, drive, and overall commitment to the work to better their communities that the hundreds of high school students who respond to the Aspen Challenge each year exhibit is inspiring and necessary to be sure, but this train made a scheduled stop at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Last week, 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.

Check out each team’s presentation, and watch every moment from the Aspen Challenge presentations at the Aspen Ideas Festival on the 2017 Aspen Challenge at Ideas Festival playlist on the Aspen Institute’s YouTube channel.

The School District of Philadelphia’s George Washington High School’s Aspen Challenge team presents their solution to the University of Pennsylvania’s Ezekiel Emanuel’s challenge to improve the health of their community by enabling people of all ages to bring three habits into their lives: good nutrition, regular exercise, and balanced emotional health.

The School District of Philadelphia's Northeast High School's Aspen Challenge team presents their solution to Copia founder and CEO, Komal Ahmad's challenge to design methods of recovering food in a scalable way to build a more sustainable community and country.

Chicago Public Schools’ Wendell Phillips Academy High School’s Aspen Challenge team presents their solution to the Chicago Police Department’s Community Affairs Director, Robin Robinson’s challenge to design a process that brings young people into authentic relations with law enforcement to create safer, more peaceful neighborhoods.

The School District of Philadelphia’s Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School’s Aspen Challenge team presents their solution to Copia founder and CEO, Komal Ahmad’s challenge to design methods of recovering food in a scalable way to build a more sustainable community and country.