Public Policy Challenge

Our Idea The contaminated water crisis of Flint, Michigan has led many Americans to question the safety of their own drinking water, and provided momentum to the already thriving bottled water industry. However, Flint is just another step leading away from the public’s access to affordable drinking water that began many years ago. Despite well­known concerns regarding plastic water bottles...
The Individual Dignity Project team is made up of students Salomon Moreno-Rosa, Samantha Waxman, and Sarai Williams. THE IDEA: The Individual Dignity Project In 2014, the state of Pennsylvania alone imprisoned 50,700 individuals either in state or federal correction authorities. Every year, approximately 19,000 inmates are released from Pennsylvania state prisons, 30 percent of which are...
The Idea At Covenant House, Philadelphia’s primary emergency shelter for homeless youth, 40% of those served have had a history in the foster care system. There are many factors that influence these numbers, one of which is the devastating fact that these youth have no alternative paths, as half of students in the foster care system fail to complete high school. Dropping out of high school has...
Read about the 2016 Penn Public Policy Challenge Finalists in our Meet the Team series this week, and watch the teams compete in the Finals on February 28th at 1PM at WHYY Studios. RSVP HERE for the Finals. Beyond the Verdict is one of five teams advancing to the Seventh Annual Penn Public Policy Challenge Finals. The team is made up of students Danny Hosein, Natalie Parker, Eric Stahl, and...
PPC Grant Manager Dylan Hewitt caught up with Nicole La Tournous and Brianna Robers for their take on the Penn Public Policy Challenge and what advice they have for participants this year: Dylan Hewitt: How did your policy idea come to fruition? What was your team's brainstorming sessions like? Nicole La Tournous & Brianna Roberts: We started by identifying several ideas that we were...
PPC Grant Manager Dylan Hewitt caught up with Kenneth Chu, co-founder of Vacant Home Tour for his take on the Challenge and what advice he has for next year's participants. Dylan Hewitt: How did your policy idea come to fruition? What was your team's brainstorming sessions like? Kenneth Chu: The five of us on the original team were a part of a class called Design and Policy for Humanitarian...
Public Policy Challenge Grant Manager Dylan Hewitt caught up with Vacant Home Tours to learn more about what they've been up to since March: Sometimes it’s difficult to understand the work that we have done—or more accurately, it’s difficult to believe that the work that we have done is at all significant.  It was amazing to work with the community and their outpouring of camaraderie was...
Public Policy Challenge Grant Manager Dylan Hewitt caught up with SmartTrack—the new and improved 2015 PPC winner Schoogle: Since team Schoogle’s winning the Penn Policy Challenge and being runner-up at the National Public Policy Challenge in Philadelphia this past March, our team has certainly been on the move! We’ve done everything from changing our name to expanding our network, constructing...
Public Policy Challenge Grant Manager Dylan Hewitt caught up wih (fem)me, the 2015 National PPC winner, to learn more about what they've been up to since March:   Imagine you’re a homeless woman in America -- you struggle everyday for the basic necessities (food, water, etc.) that so many of us take for granted. One day, you wake up to find you’ve started your period. How can you get the...
By Nora Laberee (SAS '18)  Last March, Carnegie Mellon students participating in the Fels National Public Policy Challenge developed The Vacant Home Tour, an idea they had while in class together. The student finalists, Shawneil Campbell, Kenneth Chu, Reneca Cuenca, Eleni Katrini, Robyn Lambert, Anna Malone, and Karlee Turkaly, put their proposed plan into action in May with substantial...
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