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Chicago 2017 Challenges:

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I challenge you to design a process that brings young people, especially young people of color, into authentic relationships with law enforcement to create safer, more peaceful neighborhoods together.

Robin Robinson


We are team T(teens). A(and). C(cops). T(together). I(in). C(Chicago). S(successfully). In order to build better relationships between youth and police, we conduct workshops with students to address problems and trust issues.

The Bridge Initiative

The Bridge Initiative aims to foster, revitalize, and restore the relationship between youth and law enforcement through legislative proposal, training, and inclusive dialogue that provide opportunities and protections for all citizens.

Michele Clark Scholars

Our mission is to help and respond to the needs of the Austin community by bridging the gap among police, schools, community, and businesses.

Peace Be Steel

In today's society, many people see the police as their enemy. Do you know some people are afraid of asking the police for help? We offer effective solutions to change this mindset.

Respect & Serve: Let's Do It Together

Respect & Serve brings youth and police officers together through leisure and service activities and documents their bond to help spread the idea of peaceful convening everywhere.

I challenge you to design a method to enable your peers to not only prevent acts of violence, but also engage in peaceful processes to prevent and eradicate them.

Chico A. Tillmon

Build Love Not Hate

We are Los Aldeanos, and we live in a community where violence is around every corner. With our counseling workshops and sporting events, we aim to reduce violence in our school through these alternative activities and improve relationships amongst students and in the Little Village community.

CYEN (Chicago Youth Empowering Neighborhoods)

We represent youth collaborating with neighborhoods to combat violence by building relationships to deconstruct negative perceptions of others.

I challenge you to empower your peers to understand the financial system that governs their lives and implement a method for utilizing it for their benefit.

Daniel Rodgers

FLAIR (Financial Literacy Action for Immigrants and Refugees)

Our mission is to empower immigrants and refugees in our community to understand the financial system and utilize it to their benefit in a unique, engaging, and culturally sensitive manner.

The Bronze Eagle

Money matters more than making it. What's the point of making money if you don't know how to properly use it? Money can be your uprise or your downfall — we distinguish how best to leverage money.

I challenge you to break junk food cycles by empowering yourself, your peers, and your family to understand, cook, and eat real food.

Clemente Chrysalis Coutyard

We are creating a garden for people in our neighborhood to discover the natural world around them on their own.

Beyond The Desert

2.7 million residents of Chicago live in food deserts and face nutritional challenges: we empower people to take advantage of the real food to which they do have access.

Real Food's Cooking Class

We teach a cooking class to break the junk food cycle and have chefs demonstrate how to make make healthy food for students.


By offering mentoring, special events, and little food pantries, SUPERFood aims to encourage families, peers, communities, and each other to eat real food and lessen the reliance on junk food.

Fresh Knowledge

Fresh Knowledge teaches students healthy eating and empowers them to eat real food, support us, and grow young minds to their full potential.

I challenge you to spark a science inquiry revolution, igniting a passion for it that is personal, relevant, important, and informative to you and your community.

Danielle N. Lee

Science Link-Up Day

We are creating a Science Link-Up Day in our Ashburn community to engage women and people of color in discovering post-secondary options in the science field.

Sounds in the City

Sounds in the City is a project that engages students in an exploration of the urban soundscape in order to foster an awareness of the sounds in their environment.

My-Awe-Tis-Ome Buddy

1/39 of students attending Al Raby High School are autistic and struggle with communication and social issues. Our team works to increase their development by creating an environment of support through a peer buddy system.