A group of nearly 100 middle and high school girls gathered at Lourdes High School on Wednesday. Armed with curiosity and energy, they were tasked with coming up with solutions to some of Rochester’s most pressing problems.

No issue was too big to broach. On the table were topics that confound the region’s leaders each day, including homelessness, language barriers and Destination Medical Center.

Also in the room were 11 community leaders — entrepreneurs, IT professionals, designers, nonprofit coordinators and a city councilwoman — all providing some expertise and detailing to students the biggest challenges facing their field.

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