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Journal of Ideas
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.
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.
THE PHILA. CITIZEN - 160 high school students from 20 schools are taking on this year’s Aspen Challenge, devising real solutions to real world problems.
CBS PHILY - The Aspen Institute partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to challenge more than 20 groups of High School students gathered at the Ballroom at the Ben.
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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