Launched in a new U.S. city each year, the Aspen Challenge begins with a forum for students and teachers from partner high schools. At the forum, leaders pioneering change to some of the world’s most pressing issues present challenges to the teams. Equipped with tools and support, teams then design a solution to their selected challenge. Seven weeks later, they present their solutions on stage in a daylong competition, and teams are selected to advance and showcase their work at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Alumni of the program are encourage to join the official Aspen Challenge Alumni Group to continue collaborating, fueling their solutions, and act as mentors for future teams.
Partners in the program have included Los Angeles Unified School District, Denver Public Schools, DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter School Board. We are thrilled to launch the program in partnership with Chicago Public Schools in 2016!
Read about the Aspen Challenge in The Huffington Post and The Aspen Idea magazine.