The duPont Manual High School team took on Wajahat Ali’s challenge to integrate and celebrate Louisville’s immigrant communities. After discovering that many immigrants and refugees struggle to find safe, reliable, and affordable transportation, they created an app that utilizes existing ride-share platforms to provide free transportation to these communities. From interviews to grocery shopping, immigrants will no longer face the same geographic and logistical barriers to accessing the full city.
Launched by the Aspen Institute and Bezos Family Foundation in 2012, the Aspen Challenge provides inspiration, tools, and a platform for young people to address critical issues and become leaders in their communities. In Louisville, 135 students’ Aspen Challenge journey began in February with a day of inspiration and engagement from cross-sector leaders. During the Opening Forum, these leaders challenged Louisville students to create solutions for issues including health inequities, air pollution, and immigrant communities. Teams representing 17 schools across the city accepted one of the six presented challenges, and had eight weeks to design solutions that would create a better, more equitable Louisville. They then presented their solutions to a panel of judges, with the top three teams earning an all-expense paid trip to present at Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute’s annual flagship gathering of global leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs in Aspen, CO.