past event
Civic Action

Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia Competition

Eight weeks ago, Explorer at Large founder and CEO Josh Berstein, the Anti-Defamation League’s Randi Boyette, University of Pennsylvania oncologist and bioethicist Ezekiel Emmanuel, Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director Jane Golden, and ACHIEVEability executive director Jamila Harris-Morrison issued challenges to 19 teams of School District of Philadelphia high school students. On Wednesday, April 11, teams will present their solutions before a panel of judges and their peers for a chance to present on the Aspen Ideas Festival stage this summer.


  • Nick Bayer, founder and CEO, Saxbys
  • Elzat Erken, youth commissioner, Philadelphia Youth Commission
  • Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and CEO, Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
  • Wayne Kimmel, managing partner, SeventySix Capital
  • Otis Hackney, chief education officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Sean Vereen, president, Steppingstone Scholars
  • Danielle Wolf, executive director, M. Night Shyamalan Foundation


  • Greg Corbin, Jr., founder, Philly Youth Poetry Movement; program director, Social Justice Leadership Institute for the American Friends Service Committee
  • John Dugan, director of program quality, design, and assessment, Youth & Engagement Programs
  • William R. Hite, superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
  • Jim Kenney, mayor of Philadelphia
  • M. Night Shyamalan, screenwriter, director, and producer
Event information
Wed Apr 11, 2018
Drexel University, Mitchell Auditorium
3140 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA