Aspen Challenge: New Orleans 2023 Culminates With Solution Showcase

April 5, 2023

Teams of 19 schools from Orleans Parish to present community change projects on issues ranging from housing insecurity to gun violence 

Contact: Ben Berliner
Aspen Institute

New Orleans, LA, April 5 – The Aspen Challenge is returning to New Orleans on Thursday, April 6, 2023, at the University of New Orleans for the student-led Solution Showcase. This year’s event will feature 19 high school teams from across Orleans Parish, each presenting their community change projects to their peers and a panel of judges made up of community leaders from New Orleans.

The Aspen Challenge is a unique opportunity for high school students to develop innovative solutions to local challengers and learn how to make a positive impact in their communities. The program is designed to inspire and empower young people to tackle complex problems and drive change in their schools and neighborhoods. This year, teams created projects aimed at addressing housing insecurity, mental health, access to healthy foods, climate change, and gun violence.

During the event, each team will have the opportunity to present their projects to the judges and their peers. Judges will evaluate each project based on its impact, innovation, and feasibility. One team will be selected as the grand prize winner and will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Aspen, Colorado, to attend and speak at the prestigious Aspen Ideas Festival in June.

The Aspen Challenge: New Orleans Solution Showcase promises to be an exciting event that showcases the ingenuity and creativity of the city’s youth. We invite you to join us and support these young change-makers as they present their ideas for a better, more equitable future for New Orleans.

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The Aspen Challenge provides inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to design solutions to some of the most critical problems humanity faces. For more information on Aspen Challenge, please visit

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, please visit

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) has a mission to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. NSNO focuses on solutions addressing citywide education talent, instructional quality, policy, and communications. NSNO prioritizes work around race, equity, and inclusiveness within each of their priorities. For more information on NSNO, please visit

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