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Aspen Challenge

Today's Youth Are Our Future World Leaders

Scott Pearson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Scott Pearson

In the history of the world, change often starts with the young. Young people look at the world with fresh eyes. They see the world as it is and ask "why?" and imagine a different world and ask "why not?"

Making Healthy Food Children's No. 1 Priority

José Andrés | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
José Andrés

When I came to this country more than 20 years ago, I wanted to change the world. As a chef, I am always exploring the possibilities of what food -- amazing, delicious, fresh food -- can do for the people of America, the people of the world.

Students Embrace the Business of Social Change

Jo-Ann Tan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Jo-Ann Tan

"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.

Young People: Changing the World for a Better Tomorrow, Today

Eric Dawson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Eric Dawson

Young people are not the future. They are the present. And in many ways they are the best hope we have for repairing a world divided by fear, hatred, and violence.

In DC, Each Education Challenge Represents An Opportunity To Innovate

Kaya Henderson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Kaya Henderson

We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.

Denver Public School Students Are Leading, Not Waiting

Tom Boasberg | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Tom Boasberg

Across Denver, more than 160 students are meeting in collaborative groups, making plans to answer one of these big questions and do it better than their peers from rival high schools.

Teens, Take Back Your Grocery Aisles

Kirsten Saenz Tobey | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Saenz Tobey

Every family deserves equal access to real food. Unfortunately, this remains a dream for many.

Denver Teens Think Deep About the Sea

David Gallo | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
David Gallo

A common view of science is that it's a cold, unemotional, and fact-driven career. The truth is that many scientists and engineers are driven by a deep and insatiable thirst for discovery and knowledge.

The Next Generation Will Save the Arts

Laura Zabel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Laura Zabel

Having spent some time with the young people involved in the Aspen Challenge in Denver recently, I am inspired and hopeful about the future of the arts, and indeed, the future of our country.