Faith Jones-Jackson is a theatre and sociology student who works to combat the effects of racism on all people, with the hopes of altering the way we have those conversations to ultimately make them more productive. By the end of this year, she hopes to have turned current business plans surrounding these efforts into a functioning model in this city and two others.

MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor who CNN calls "a master storyteller and major creative force." Asante is the author of four books, including Buck: A Memoir, which made the Washington Post best-seller list in 2014 and 2015 and is a NAACP Image Award finalist.

Questlove is a Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, designer, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots

Jamiel L. Alexander is the senior fellow for the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions (AFCS). In this role, he coordinates AFCS youth engagement strategy. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Alexander was manager of Youth and Family Programs at Crispus Attucks Association for 12 years, where he was responsible for a variety of tasks including managing after school & summer programs, professional & leadership development, youth & family workshops and various community service projects.

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds an honorary doctorate from The New School. DeRay has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families since he was a teen.

Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a George Washington University law professor, contributing editor of The Atlantic, and senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Since 2000, he has been a moderator at the Aspen Institute, conducting seminars and panels on technology and the Constitution, privacy, and free speech and democracy.






Challenge #1: Komal Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, a for-profit company working to eradicate hunger and reduce food waste by using technology to redirect surplus food from businesses and events to feed those in need. Copia's fleet of professional Food Heroes deliver excess food to veterans agencies, local shelters, and nonprofits serving the hungry.

Challenge #2: Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health until August 2011.

Challenge #3: Reverend Jeffrey Brown is a nationally recognized leader and expert in gang, youth and urban violence reduction and coalition building. He is the founder of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace), a new national organization organized to assist cities build better partnerships between community, government and law enforcement agencies to reduce gang violence.

Challenge #4: Shari Davis is responsible for the strategic development and management of network building and launching new high impact participatory budgeting processes for Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). She joined PBP staff after nearly 15 years of service and leadership in local government.

Challenge #5: J.T. Reager is an earth scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He studies the earth's water cycle with a particular focus on hydrologic extremes, sea level rise and water resources. He joined JPL in 2014. He has a PhD in earth system science from the University of California, Irvine, an M.S.


Philly Video Solutions

Philly Video Solutions



Freire Charter School Freire Protects Philly
Each of us have been touched by violence. The change starts with us. We fight back by NOT fighting at all: we are training our fellow dragons to cope with stress nonviolently.

Gateway to College Gateway to Change
Gateway to Change's mission is to unify the community to make nonviolence cool through relationship building, increasing community engagement, and promoting human value through art.

Horace H. Furness High School P.O.P. (Power Over Pressure)
We created a community movement that promotes and implements non-violence to be cool. We strive to reduce violence in order to shape a better tomorrow.

Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice - Peace of Mind
In order to dispel tendencies of fear and hate between different groups of people, we are engaging people in activities like sports competitions, martial arts, and meditation in order to redirect their energy and foster a culture where peace and tolerance are cool.

People for People Charter School WeSeek WeSeek is a mobile application that decreases violence by connecting people with others to challenge and build on the way we interact with other people. WeSeek unity.

The U School Breakout Breakout provides pre-teens who are influenced by violence with mentoring. We help them find their own narratives through the arts and overcome barriers caused by all forms of violence.

YESPhilly Accelerated High School Something2Lose YESPhilly created a movement called Something 2 Lose that uses role-playing events to persuade youth to think before they act and use their voices to make non-violence cool.


2017 Philly Solutions

2017 Philly Solutions


Frankford High School Food Fighters
In order to help decrease food waste, we will educate local students and community members about proactive measures in minimizing excess food and enlist their support for changing food laws.

Kensington Health Sciences Academy Straight Outta Compost
In order to reduce food waste and improve the health of our peers, we established a partnership with Greensgrow Community Garden to provide them with health food and in return, we collect their food waste for compost for the garden.In order to reduce food waste and improve the health of our peers, we established a partnership with Greensgrow Community Garden to provide them with healthy food and in return, we collect their food waste for compost for the garden.

Northeast High School Reducing Food Waste "We are Meraki. We replenish fruits that are being thrown away. We teach our community the importance of fruit. We reveal the beauty of fruit. We are Meraki."

One Bright Ray Community High School Phill Up Philly
We are changing the face of hunger and food waste in Philadelphia by distributing and repurposing wasted food to those in need through unconventional methods such as juicing, jarring, and compost.

Philadelphia Academy Charter High School Philly Youth Hunger Initiative
Philly Youth Hunger Initiative uses the community connections, vision, and creativity of our generation to change misconceptions about food insecurity while connecting organizations and people with recovered and donated food.

Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School Sankofa Feeds We bring businesses and organizations together with educational institutions to help recover food in a scalable way which leads to the distribution among residents within the city of Philadelphia.


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philly 17 vide 3 Solutions


The Philadelphia High School For Girls Daughters of Democracy
We are integrating participatory budgeting in our school and community to enable everyone to practice true democracy and directly vote on where real money is allocated.


philly 17 4 Solutions

philly 17 4 Solutions


George Washington High School PhitPhilly
By associating the word "healthy" with the word "fun" through fitness and diet, we raise awareness of the benefits of healthy living one meal at a time.

Paul Robeson High School for Human Services Paul Robeson Healthy Youth Initiative We are teaching students about physical, emotional, and nutritional health to promote a healthy lifestyle. We want to replicate this program in other schools to increase healthy behaviors.

Philadelphia Performing Arts A String Theory Charter School B^3 (Buff Broccoli Brains) B^3 creates tools to build healthy, happy lives. Our fun, student-created programs promote good nutrition, regular exercise, and emotional wellbeing as daily and lifelong habits in our school and community.


PHilly Video 5 Solutions

PHilly Video 5 Solutions


Abraham Lincoln High School Eco-Maniacs
Are you prepared to live in a colorless earth? An earth void of sounds of life and nature? Of course not! Be a change to make the world you deserve to live in, a symphonic earth. Help us educate, empower and create an Eco-Maniac earth!

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter High School Philly Fights Lead
We take action against the lead epidemic in Philadelphia by educating and empowering the community to take action, securing our future, and protecting our children.

John Bartram High School Seeds of Change Seeds of Change is a community organization dedicated to improving our environment while helping others. We are committed to educating our peers and neighbors about the importance of reducing waste.