2018 CHALLENGES


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2018 CHALLENGES


 

2018 PHILADELPHIA
CHALLENGER VIDEOS

Challenge #1: Jane Golden is executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, overseeing its growth from a small city agency to the nation's largest mural program and a model for community development. Under her direction, Mural Arts has created more than 3,800 works of public art through collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies.

Challenge #2: Josh Bernstein is an international explorer, educator, author, diver, and television host who has traveled more than 1 million miles to over 75 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet.

Challenge # 3: Ezekiel "Zeke" 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 #4: Jamila Harris-Morrison is executive director of ACHIEVEability, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for single-parent families. A passionate believer that "service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth," her work at ACHIEVEability focuses on increasing the independence of families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and preparing them for self-sufficiency.

Challenge #5: Randi Boyette is a senior associate regional director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a national nonprofit organization that began in 1913 with a mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. She has served as the ADL education director in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware since 2003.

 

2018 OPENING FORUM


2018 OPENING FORUM


2018 PHILADELPHIA
OPENING FORUM

Harold Green is an ever-evolving artist, with a fluidity that defies categorization. Known chiefly as a poet, Green weaves stories with passion and lyrical creativity that captivate audiences. He expands beyond the coffee house, spoken-word crowd: creating CDs, videos, and books; performing at festivals, rallies, and college campuses across the country; selling out major Chicago music venues; and even performing center stage at the inauguration of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Angela Duckworth is a psychology professor at University of Pennsylvania and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She is the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being.
Zachary Epps is the program manager for the Aspen Challenge. He is a dynamic facilitator, analytical thinker, and servant leader committed to producing measurable improvements in the lives of children, youth and families. Prior to joining the Youth and Engagement Division, Zachary was Director of Advocacy and External Engagement within the School District of Philadelphia.
Jim Kenney is the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. During his first year in office, Philadelphia became the first major city to tax sweetened beverages. This revenue will fund free, early childhood education and other programs proven to address poverty. Kenney continues to focus on policies that improve quality of life for all Philadelphia residents in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Jamiel L. Alexander is the senior fellow for the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, coordinating the program's youth engagement strategy. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he managed the Crispus Attucks Association's Youth and Family Programs, where for 12 years he was responsible for a variety of tasks including managing after-school and summer programs, professional and leadership development, youth and family workshops, and various community service projects.
MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor. He is the author of four books, including Buck: A Memoir, which made the Washington Post best-seller list in 2014 and 2015 and was a NAACP Image Award finalist in 2014.

2017 PHILLY OPENING FORUM SPEAKERS


2017 PHILLY OPENING FORUM SPEAKERS


 
 

2017 PHILADELPHIA
OPENING FORUM

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.

 

2017 PHILLY OPENING FORUM CHALLENGERS


2017 PHILLY OPENING FORUM CHALLENGERS


 

2017 PHILADELPHIA
CHALLENGER VIDEOS

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


 

2017 PHILADELPHIA STUDENT 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.

 

philly 17 vide 3 Solutions


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.

 

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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.

 
 

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