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Empowering generations of thoughtful, socially-conscious, and diverse young people engaged in solving critical issues of the day.
The Youth Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development's Call to Action articulates the urgent need for schools and communities to support students’ comprehensive development.
Meet the five Lakota teens traveling to Washington, DC as part of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's Growing Into Wowachinyepi youth leadership program.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida. From this tragedy, we see thousands of young people standing up, showing up, and sharing their stories. Youth voice has never been more important.
CNAY - "You come from a background that is different and that is blessed." - Generation Indigenous Ambassador, Kayleigh Warren
We're excited to welcome public high school juniors and supporting educators to apply to participate in a powerful, year-long leadership development opportunity.
Much has changed since we announced the newest division of the Aspen Institute, but the importance and urgent need for our work remains clear!
24 School District of Philadelphia and eight Chicago Public Schools students presented their respective solutions to police-community relations, food access, and healthy living at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Aspen Challenge Chicago teams put competition aside to engage city and Chicago Police Department officials on ways to continue their work toward peace in Chicago.
GENEROCITY - A team from John Bartram High School won the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia and are heading to Colorado next month to present their artistic solution to keep youth in school.
THE MONITOR - STXi, a Local Ideas Festival launched by 2016 Bezos Scholar Michael Mireles, is unleashing the power of Rio Grande Valley youth.
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA - Students from George Washington High and Lankenau High presented their ideas for addressing environmental challenges to Mayor Kenney and other City leadership.
THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN - High schoolers from around the city answered the call for solutions to Philly’s problems. One team takes their project—to halt the schools to prison pipeline—to Aspen.
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - They were asked to come up with solutions to take on some of society’s most vexing problems: intergenerational poverty, climate change, cyberbullying, public health, and the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
FOX 29 - Can young people solve problems that are older than they are? Adults encouraged them to step up, share ideas and shine. The students met the challenge.
WBAP - A group of Dallas high school students competed in a nationwide competition designed to give kids a chance to offer innovative solutions to community-based problems.
TEEN VOGUE - In this op-ed, Gaby Pacheco, program director for TheDream.US, explains that young people everywhere can be advocates.
THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN - A new Aspen Challenge kicked off this week, putting the world’s problems in the hands of local high schoolers to solve. They just might do it.
PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE - Local leaders issued challenges the second cohort of Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia to create solutions to problems in their communities.
METRO - Sometimes finding solutions to old problems requires a new, youthful perspective. Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia asks 190 Philadelphia School District students to come up with solutions to society's biggest problems.
ALDIA DALLAS - Gaby Pacheco fue una de las oradoras en el Aspen Challenge que une a jóvenes de secundaria alrededor de ideas innovadoras.
UNIVISION - Los temas que se exploran en el programa 'The Aspen Challenge' incluyen salud, educación y distintos escenarios en referencia a la inmigración.
Youth & Engagement Programs EVP Raj Vinnakota on how we're empowering thoughtful, socially-conscious, and diverse young people to solve critical issues nationwide with thinkSchools' Alex Hernandez.
CT POST - YCSEAD Youth Commissioner Chris Harried delivered a message of encouragement to a couple thousand Bridgeport Public Schools employees at the district's annual back to school Convocation.
NONDOC - Wendell Phillips Academy's Aspen Challenge team T.A.C.T.I.C.S. is modeling how to have necessary conversations to repair public trust in law enforcement.
THE HP - New Buffalo High School student and Bezos Scholar Program participant Felix De Simone kicked off his involvement in the leadership development program with a trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival last month.
WSJ - Character Lab founder & CEO Angela Duckworth talks the power of non-cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and the future of youth character development.
SAFE KIDS STORIES - For what we’ve been calling our July “Teacher Feature”, we share the Aspen coaches’ best memories — and reprise some of the best SafeKidsStories blogs about mentors, coaches and role-models for students and fellow teachers.
WGN RADIO - Wendell Phillips Academy High School's Aspen Challenge team members talk creating a proactive space for teens to connect with cops and their trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival on the Download with Justin Kaufmann.
THE ASPEN TIMES - As the evening drew to a close, it was clear that every person in the room would remember the night far into the future.
EDUCATION WEEK - Youth Commissioner on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development Chris Harried talks his experience with social and emotional learning in K-12 education.
FOX 32 NEWS - Some hard-working high school students from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will get some national recognition next week for their efforts to improve relations between young people and police.
SAFE KIDS STORIES - The Aspen Challenge turns complaint into action — action by the young, for the young and of the young, in this case, teens themselves.
THE HUFF POST - Presented by the world renowned research institution and think tank, the Aspen Institute, the 20 teams were offered the opportunity “to encourage and inspire each other, and the adults around them, to solve critical issues facing the world.”
NBC 4 - Ten of Washington's best students were surprised Wednesday with scholarships to George Washington University. The scholarships cover tuition and room and board. News4's Kristin Wright was in Northwest DC to witness one of the big reveals.
TEEN VOGUE - Youth Commissioner Grace Dolan-Sandrino interviewed Gavin Grimm before his historic court case. On March 28, Gavin's case will mark the first regarding transgender rights to ever be heard by the US Supreme Court.
READY BY 21 - Youth Commissioners shared personal stories of how their schools, families, and extracurricular activities factored into their social, emotional, and academic development with NCSEAD Karen Pittman.
WASHINGTON, DC, May 2, 2018 – In partnership with Newark Public Schools, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), and the Victoria Family Foundation, the Aspen Institute’s Youth and Engagement Programs is excited to welcome 26 Essex County youth to the 2018 cohort of Aspen Young Leaders Fellows.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2018 – The Aspen Institute’s Youth and Engagement Programs is bringing the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship to the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta Region. The Fellowship is accepting applications for area youth ages 16 to 20 through February 4, 2018, and will conduct applicant interviews February 23 and 24, 2018.
WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 30, 2017 – Loyola University Chicago School of Education professor Dr. John P. Dugan will join the Aspen Institute’s Youth & Engagement Programs division as director of program quality, design, and assessment, effective July 31.
WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 1, 2017 – The Aspen Institute’s Youth & Engagement Programs is partnering with One Day University (ODU) and College Summit to bring One Day University for High School Students to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 8.
WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2017 – The Aspen Institute’s Youth & Engagement Programs today announced the selection of 20 Newark youth ages 16 – 20 for the inaugural Newark cohort of Aspen Young Leaders Fellows.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2017 - 200 students and educators from across the city will learn from leaders and innovate projects in their communities.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 26, 2017 – The Aspen Institute’s Youth & Engagement Programs today announced the selection of 24 area youth ages 16 – 20 for the inaugural St. Louis cohort of Aspen Young Leaders Fellows.
WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2017 — The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), a policy program at the Aspen Institute, will introduce the fifth class of CNAY Champions for Change through a series of events in Washington, DC next month.
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