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Philadelphia 2018 Challenges:

Philadelphia 2018 Solutions:

I challenge you to improve the health of your community by enabling people of all ages to bring four habits into their lives: good nutrition, regular exercise, balanced emotional health, and community volunteerism.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel


To help people build healthy habits in nutrition, exercise, emotional health, and community volunteerism, we developed an app that gamifies healthy habits and supports behavior change. The app tracks the progress in the PhilaHealthia Challenge, where students and teachers compete to earn points and win fabulous prizes.

4 Life Challenge

Get Fit Saturdays will increase access to fresh fruit for students in our school, establish an emotional support system for students, and create opportunities for students to use the skills they learn in our program to improve our community.

I challenge you to design a program that disrupts one or more of the factors contributing to the generational cycle of poverty and, in doing so, creates opportunities for education or training after high school, affordable housing, and/or sustainable careers.

Jamila Harris-Morrison


Alpas will build a bridge between existing resources and those in need who are unaware of those resources by hosting workshops, utilizing social media, and partnering with community organizations.

P.A.U.S.E. (Poverty And Unemployment Stopped Through Education)

P.A.U.S.E. is a nonprofit organization that addresses the factors of poverty by offering educational and training opportunities and presenting employment/career choices through informational sessions and career fairs within the Nicetown/Tioga community.

Future Finance

Having seen the effects of generational poverty, we at Future Finance will break that chain by offering financial literacy workshops to youth and families throughout our community.

Pioneers 4 Poverty

Pioneers 4 Poverty will disrupt generational poverty within our community by offering a four-week holistic workshop to improve life skills and stress the importance of a well-rounded education.

I challenge you to reimagine the use of digital tools that often amplify bullying and hate and use them to create online spaces of support, respect, and acceptance.

Randi Boyette

I challenge you to use art to raise awareness about the school-to prison pipeline in your community and promote restorative justice and education over incarceration.

Jane Golden


We will design and install visual art projects and deliver perfomances in schools to create a safe, united community and break down barriers between school officers and students.


wholeheARTed is disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline through education, mentoring, and collaborative artistic expression. Utilizing mobile, student-created art installations, and social media, we engage the larger community in restorative justice.

Give Us Our Crowns

We educate the southwest Philadelphia community about the entry points to the school-to-prison pipeline and the impact of this epidemic by creating origami cranes and displaying them throughout the community.

A Butterfly's Change

A Butterfly’s Change will prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline by using art and personal experience to educate and to provide a creative outlet for self-discovery.

Sherim Shokan

We will promote restorative justice practices at our school by creating an after-school art program for students at risk of entering the school-to-prison pipeline.

I challenge you to educate your community about the factors contributing to climate change and increase community awareness, action, and involvement to improve the health of the urban environment.

Josh Bernstein

Slam Dunk Junk

Slam Dunk Junk will improve the urban health of Philadelphia by installing basketball-themed trash cans in our neighborhoods. By utilizing social media, organizing community events, and partnering with local groups and politicians, we educate the public on littering and climate change.

Carbon Busters

We, the light savers, are incorporating LED lights into our school community, reducing our energy consumption while also encouraging the community as a whole to reduce its carbon footprint.


We are PhilaMundo, an environmental outreach program focused on raising awareness of climate change and providing opportunities for our community to reduce further damage to our planet.