Challenge Overview

In what has become one of the city’s premier education events, featured in the Washington Post, half of participating students make 2-minute presentations of their work on stage at the National Housing Center. The other half of students prepare poster boards and speak one-on-one with audience members about their topic. Both groups are competing for scholarships and academic prizes.

One World Challenge Highlight Videos

Each year, One World produces a video showing highlights of its showcase gala, capturing students in the midst of a learning experience they will remember for a lifetime. Just ask Amyah or Jessica in 2021, Caden or Nayla in 2019, or Tyaja and Kayla in 2018!

2022 Fall Challenge

It’s been a rare privilege to see this group of young people supporting one another in developing their best possible essays, board presentations, and stage performances.


These students will talk about social justice issues that matter deeply to them. We will remember their collaboration, kindness, and determination to excel. They have given us hope. Hear their presentations, and take advantage of the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with future DC leaders on December 14th!

Previous Challenges


2020 Challenge

When the pandemic ruined One World’s plan to host its annual in-person showcase gala, it challenged our students. They amazed us with their response to our Virtual Challenge.

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2021 Challenge

Fifty pandemic-weary students persisted through long hours of screen time to build a legacy larger than themselves.

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2022 Spring Challenge

Several 2022 students told us that they felt like winners before they even stepped on the stage to compete at the One World Challenge!

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