Students at a charter school in New Orleans are used to being written off. Many landed at The NET Charter High because they'd been arrested, or expelled from a more traditional school. They may have run away from home -- or become parents at a young age.
What they’re not so used to... is being heard. Yet five of these students got a global audience recently at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. They're among the teams to win the Aspen Challenge, for developing a program that uses kindness to address mental health.
Alexis Allen, her coach Valerie Bodet, and Aspen Challenge director Katie Fitzgerald spoke with Colorado Matters co-host Chandra Thomas Whitfield.