The Aspen Challenge2020-12-07T08:46:29-07:00


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.

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“The most under utilized resource in our community are the brains of our young people.”

Nat Irvin, University of Louisville

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What’s New

A Dynamic Aspen Challenge Duo

During the Aspen Challenge: Miami 2022 Coach Orientation, we learned that one of our coaching pairs has a unique history: one of the coaches was the other’s high school chemistry teacher. In the nine years of the Aspen Challenge, we have had yet to run into this incredibly fun dynamic, one where an educator and their student are now embarking on the Aspen Challenge as equals and co-coaches. We caught up with Mr. Manuel Cox and Mr. Usman Khan [...]

Youth Lead Now! is a new initiative of The Aspen Institute that brings expert, national speakers into the living rooms of youth and families locally. These virtual monthly events provide touchpoints that enable youth to stay resilient during these unprecedented times and motivated to be engaged in the work of change-making. We are leveraging the power of the Aspen Institute’s network in service of local communities to provide messages of hope and inspiration when it is needed the most.

The Aspen Institute’s Leadership Division, Aspen Challenge, and Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship – along with programmatic and community partners across the United States – are launching Youth Lead Now! to mitigate the significant distress and uncertainty that youth and their families are experiencing while simultaneously catalyzing new ways of thinking and working toward community progress. By leveraging the networks of the Aspen Institute, we will provide opportunities for youth across the country to engage with and learn from seasoned leaders, while helping them build their own strategies for resilience and efficacy in leadership.