Never too young to lead, 160 Dallas Independent School District students packed into Dallas’ Union Station to hear challenges to issues of local and national significance from cross-sector leaders at the Aspen Challenge: Dallas Opening Forum.
Each year, the Aspen Challenge provides inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to design solutions to address critical issues. In Dallas, students heard challenges around topics including immigration, resource reallocation, police-community relations, and mental health from speakers including Paul Quinn College president, Michael Sorrell and IDEO Cambridge’s portfolio director, Ann Kim.
In between challenges, students were treated to performances by Movement Art Is co-founders and movement artists, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck and Chicago-based poet Harold Green.
Teams of eight students and two educator coaches now have eight weeks to design solutions and present them to a panel of judges and peers for a chance to bring their ideas to the Aspen Ideas Festival stage this summer.
Check out challenges issued at the Aspen Challenge: Dallas Opening Forum below and at aspenchallenge.org/dallas.