DPS Students Showcase Their Challenge 5280 Civic Engagement Projects

Nov. 14, 2017

Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations,

Denver – For the fifth year, Denver Public Schools (DPS) students will work together in teams to propose solutions to important social justice issues head-on as part of Challenge 5280. The challenge provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate creativity, teamwork and ingenuity as they strengthen their leadership skills. Students will create solutions to real-world issues, such as food and nutrition, water conservation, behavioral health, race, restorative justice and gentrification. The winning team, announced in April, will get to travel to a youth leadership conference over the summer.

The challenge kick-off event on Wednesday, Nov. 15 will allow DPS and community leaders to engage with the DPS Student Board of Education and learn about the projects students will lead this school year. Educators will have the opportunity to lend their leadership and expertise by meeting with the Challenge 5280 teams, providing feedback on their project proposals, engaging in face-to-face, real-time conversations with DPS student leaders and helping them to make connections and collaborate as students test their theories and ideas before making an official commitment to a chosen solution for their project. In addition to their displayed poster board showcase, teams are required to submit a written report on their chosen topic, evidence of their research and their hypothesis of change.

Student Board of Education members from DPS high schools showcase their civic-engagement project hypotheses as part of Challenge 5280.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Student Board of Education members, DPS leaders, educators and community members.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
4-8 p.m.

McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W. Colfax