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. Eight 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.
The Aspen Challenge is part of the newly launched Youth & Engagement Programs at the Aspen Institute.