New Schools for New Orleans is proud to partner with the Aspen Challenge to bring this program to high school students across the city over the next two years. For more information, read the full article here in The New Orleans Advocate.

By Marie Fazio, Staff Writer for The Advocate

High school students are set to take on — and solve — some of New Orleans’ biggest challenges, thanks to the Bezos family-funded Aspen Challenge, a program that allows young people to remedy the problems in their communities that they think are most important.

Each year, the program, a joint initiative from the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation, offers high schoolers in a different city the opportunity to identify problems and gives them the funding to implement solutions. This year, 20 high schools across New Orleans have been selected.

What problems will they take on? That’s entirely up to the students.

“This is going to be very much by the youth of New Orleans for the youth of New Orleans, and you’re going to see 20 mini-revolutions started by youth in the city,” Katie Fitzgerald, the director of the Aspen Challenge, said at a kickoff event at Commander’s Palace this week. “The most important message we send is: ‘You matter.'”

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