Partner Cities

The Aspen Challenge strives to build future generations of engaged and equitable leaders by providing tools and a platform for young people to play critical roles in identifying, designing, and implementing solutions to their community’s biggest needs.

Each year the Aspen Institute partners with school districts around the country to engage, inspire, and challenge our nation’s youth. Throughout the first two years in each location, the Aspen Challenge team builds the capacity of the partner city to have ownership in this initiative beginning in year three.

In 2022, Aspen Challenge: New Orleans will launch in partnership with New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO), bringing 20 high schools from Orleans Parish together to tackle some of the toughest issues our communities face. Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida will be back for its second year with 20 new high schools taking on the challenge.

Current Partner Cities

2022 Partner Cities

New Orleans

Miami

Past Partner Cities

2021 Partner City

Miami

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students, and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries. During Superintendent Carvalho’s tenure, the district has received state and national recognition for unprecedented increases in student achievement and graduation rates.

2020 Partner City

Louisville

Jefferson County Public Schools is a leading urban school district that provides high-quality education for more than 100,000 students (about 1 of every 7 students in Kentucky) in Louisville, Kentucky. JCPS’s mission is to challenge and engage each learner to grow through effective teaching and meaningful experiences within caring, supportive environments. Their students graduate prepared, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential and contribute as thoughtful, responsible citizens of our diverse, shared world.

2019 Partner Cities

Louisville

Dallas

2018 Partner Cities

Dallas

Philadelphia

2017 Partner Cities

Philadelphia

Chicago

2016 Partner Cities

Chicago

Washington, DC

2015 Partner Cities

Washington, DC

Denver

2014 Partner Cities

Denver

Los Angeles

2013 Partner City

Los Angeles