Challenges and Solutions

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Chicago 2016 Challenges:

Chicago 2016 Solutions:

We challenge you to expand the market of fresh, nutritious and affordable foods through mobile markets, farmer’s markets, school markets or corner stores in underprivileged areas. You are the bridge between farms and neighborhoods that will empower and enhance communities.

Kimberly Reese & Andrea Boakye

N.S.N. Lawndale

N.S.N. (North South Nutrición) Lawndale’s vision is to create and organize a health food market on the borders of North and South Lawndale to increase awareness of diseases caused by unhealthy eating.


KENFoods is creating healthier food options for our school community by planting a garden that will provide fresh foods and by educating our local community on the accessibility to urban gardening.

SEAfood (Seeing Every American Finally Obtain an Optimal Diet)

SEAfood makes nutritional food readily available to ensure everyone has access to healthy alternatives.

Fresh on Franklin

Fresh on Franklin aims to inspire Westinghouse youth to adopt healthier lifestyles through exposure to new food options, education, and community engagement.

Operation Farm to School

Operation Farm to School strives to create an environment where students in underprivileged elementary schools can access fresh foods and gain knowledge about nutrition and agricultural practices.

I challenge you to re-imagine urban spaces so that kids living in underprivileged neighborhoods have equal opportunities to be creative, play and become the social inventors for their communities.

Jessica Matthews

S.M.A.R.T. Space Makers

S.M.A.R.T. (Space Makers Are Reinventing Tomorrow) designs artistic and technical learning opportunities for underserved middle school students.

Peace BiPeace

We inspire people to work together to accomplish peace by piecing together a safe community for children to be playful.

I challenge you to design the new 21st century library experience to illustrate the power of people and information while inspiring and engaging your peers.

Brian Bannon


Reinventing libraries to better prepare our creative youth.

I challenge you to illuminate the unknown in your community, whether that’s within the natural world or built environment, by creating a citizen science project and sharing your discoveries with the world.

David Lang

Starry Chicago

Starry Chicago is a program that educates the community about the importance of preserving the night sky and that advocates for dark-sky friendly policies in order to mitigate the harmful effects of light pollution.

Chi-Town Compost

The goal of Chi-Town Compost is to divert food waste from local homes and restaurants to our on-site composting program and commercial composting services, to create similar interactive composting sites at nearby community gardens and elementary schools, and to inspire our community to “dream to be green.”

La Villita Sprouts

La Villita Sprouts focuses on empowering the community to create and maintain a healthy environment for all.

S.O.S. Asian Carp

We are working to educate our community on the Asian carp infestation in our local waters by involving our peers in the efforts that are being led by experts to solve the issue.

By bringing together unlikely allies, I challenge you to unleash peace to counter the culture of violence present in your community

Eric Dawson

Unify Division

In order to unify the divide between the neighborhoods of Chicago, we plan on acting as agents of change by creating an event that will unite two unlikely allies to elicit peace and abolish the stereotypes that hinder the city from growing to its fullest potential.

WP2 (Wise Peaceful Presence)

Working together with wisdom to decrease the violence in our community and create a culture of peace.

Straight From The "Go"

We are unleashing peace in Chicago by collaborating with teachers to create an interdisciplinary unit about peace movements to be taught at Morgan Park and starting an annual peace fest that will bring together African-American youth and police officers to discuss how they can unleash peace.

Between Peace

Between Peace focuses on drawing attention to peace that already exists in our school and community in an effort to reduce violence and take pride in our community spaces.

Harmony Heroes

The Harmony Heroes is a peace movement that centers around the idea that empathy cures violence.