Students Across Washington DC Collaborate On Bold Solutions To Global Challenges

185 students and educators from across the city will learn from leaders and innovate projects in their communities

02 Mar, 2016, 15:48 ET from The Aspen Institute

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Aspen Challenge—a program of the Aspen Institute founded in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation—has teamed up with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB) to implement the second Aspen Challenge: Washington DC with students and educators from 17 high schools throughout the city. The Aspen Challenge begins with a daylong youth leadership development forum where teams of students and teachers will hear from leaders pioneering change to some of the world's most pressing issues. Leading industry experts will present a challenge, urging the students to create an innovative solution. The program culminates on April 23 when teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges. One winning team will head to the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO to present their work.

WHO: Challenge participants include 20 high school teams of eight students ranging from grades nine through twelve, a teacher (the coach for the program), and the school's principal—more than 185 participants from Washington DC.

FEATURING: Aisha Alexander, director of community initiatives, KaBOOM!
Eric Dawson, Co-founder and President of Peace First
Mark Hecker, founding executive director of Reach Incorporated
Daniel P. Hickson, commander, Metropolitan Police Department
Dean Kamen, inventor and founder of FIRST Robotics Competition
Patty Stonesifer, CEO of Martha's Table
And more! For the complete list of presenters visit

WHEN: March 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Frank W. Ballou High School
3401 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20032

RSVP: If you are a member of the media who wishes to attend please RSVP to Douglas Farrar at by Monday, March 3

The Aspen Challenge provides inspiration and a platform for young people to design solutions to some of the most critical and complex issues humanity faces. For more information, please visit or

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. For more information, visit

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