The Georgetown Public Policy Challenge tasks graduate students with developing innovative solutions to issues in the Washington, DC region. Hundreds of students have participated and thousands of dollars in prize money has been awarded through this competition since it’s development in 2014, leading to the development of proposals focusing on a large range of policy issues and working to have their ideas implemented across the District.
Past winning proposals have included a mobile clinic to supply free flu vaccinations to vulnerable neighborhoods, a skills-based job training program housed within public libraries, a workshop teaching forgiveness and reconciliation to high-risk Latino youth, and a mobile-based application that directly addresses absenteeism and academic performance.
The winner of the 2019 Public Policy Challenge was “Breathe Easy”, a proposal designed to address DC’s high asthma prevalence and ER utilization rates by implementing home visits by community health workers.
The deadline to participate in the 2020 Georgetown Public Policy Challenge is January 13th, 2020. Graduate students can apply either as teams of 2-5 or as individuals (who will be put on teams with other students with similar policy interests) and $5,000 is prizes will be awarded this year.
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- Policy Challenge 2017
- Policy Challenge 2016
- Policy Challenge 2015