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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Watch: Aspen Challenge: MIAMI 2021 Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, 2021, twenty teams from Miami-Dade County Public Schools presented their inventive solutions to combat critical issues within their communities over Zoom to a panel of judges comprised of local Miami leaders. Solutions ranged from a school-wide compost program to a financial literacy course for students and parents alike. The grand prize winners were Team YOU MATTER! from Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center (COPE South), Team Progressors Over Poverty from Miami Norland [...]

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.