Public Policy Challenge

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Championing a website to help voters navigate the dizzying array of local candidates on the ballot each election, University of Chicago Team “BallotReady” took home top prize at the 7th National Penn Public Policy Competition last weekend. Team members Alex Niemczewski and Aviva Rosman walked away with a $10,000 check to further develop their website – and significant national...
Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 10:00am - 2:30pm
Hosted by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, the 5th Annual Public Policy Challenge National Invitational is an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn, connect, and serve. The competition challenges teams of graduate students to develop a policy proposal and civic campaign plan to achieve significant change in their community. Teams are required to...
Spring 2016
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Championing a proposal for prison-issued ID for returning citizens, student members of the “Individual Dignity Project” clinched top prize at the 7th Annual Penn Public Policy Competition last weekend. Salomon Moreno-Rosa, Samantha Waxman and Sarai Williams walked away with a guaranteed slot at the national competition in March – and a $5,000 check to further develop their...
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Come support student from across Penn this Sunday and listen to innovative policy proposals as the five Penn finalists compete in the Penn Public Policy Challenge Finals! Each of the finalist teams have developed policy proposals around an issue that is affecting the Philadelphia region. Information about each of the teams, as well as their proposals, can be found here. Teams will present their...
Fall 2016
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...
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