The Aspen Challenge provides inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to design solutions to some of the most critical problems humanity faces.
Young people are moments away from being tomorrow’s decision-makers and this program offers them a chance to practice their critical thinking, tap into their creativity, and offer their fresh perspective on issues within our society.
Prepare for positive teamwork and for the design experience. Learn about your community.
Teams gather at the Challenge Forum to hear from leading thinkers who tackle some of our world’s toughest problems. These leaders pose challenges to the teams, asking them to create innovative solutions for their communities.
Design a Solution
Teams have one week to select the challenge of their choice, draft their vision, and set goals. Teams are guided to pick challenges based on passion, relevance, feasibility, and sustainability.
Give the Solution a Voice
Teams are coached to develop a brand identity and messaging to pitch their solution to community stakeholders.
Outreach and Community Engagement
Teams put their work into action by engaging their communities through events, surveys, and media outreach.
Present and Compete
Teams present their solutions to a panel of distinguished judges who select top teams based on creativity, feasibility, sustainability, and teamwork.
Reflect and Grow
Post Solution Showcase, teams participate in a reflection meeting with Aspen Institute staff that serves as an inflection point on individual and collective leadership development.
2023 Partner Cities
“The most under utilized resource in our community are the brains of our young people.”
Nat Irvin, University of Louisville
I challenge you to organize young people in your community to practice civic power and cultivate civic character.
I challenge you to design a program that fosters empathy and creates support for all immigrants, regardless of their documentation status.
I challenge you to work with Louisville's immigrant communities and other partners who care about immigrants' rights to create and promote a program that both integrates immigrants and celebrates this city's diverse cultures.