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K-12 Education

Aspen Challenge: Chicago | Opening Forum

The Aspen Challenge—a program of the Aspen Institute founded in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation—is teaming up with Chicago Public Schools again to implement the second Aspen Challenge: Chicagowith students and educators from 20 high schools throughout the city.

The Aspen Challenge kicks off with a daylong youth leadership development forum where teams of students and teachers will hear from leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Leading industry experts will present a challenge, urging the students to create an innovative solution. The program culminates onApril 6 when teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges. One winning team will head to the Aspen Ideas Festival inAspen, CO to present their work.


  • Joan Haug, chief of staff, The Kitchen Community, a real food advocate non-profit
  • LaRoyce Hawkins, actor (Chicago PD), standup comedian, motivational speaker
  • Israel Idonije, retired defensive end NFL Player (Bears); founder, Israel Idonije Foundation
  • Danielle Lee, outreach scientist, TED Fellow, White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access
  • Reverend Michael Louis Pfleger, senior pastor, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina
  • Robin Robinson, special adviser for community affairs, Chicago Police Department
  • Daniel Rogers, CEO, co-founder, A.M Money, a financial lending company for young people that elevates consideration of career potential over credit history
  • Bob Roth, meditation teacher; executive director, David Lynch Foundation


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Event information
Thu Feb 9, 2017
8:00am - 7:30pm GMT+0000
Chicago, IL