High Resolves is a not-for-profit organisation with the vision to create a generation of young people resolving to make a positive difference in the world.
They recently welcomed $6 million of funding from the Federal Government regarding the Mutual Understanding, Support, Tolerance, Engagement and Respect Initiative. In delivering this grant, High Resolves is able to provide access for schools within a 100km radius of their three new hubs in regional and rural Victoria; Ballarat, Bendigo & Wodonga.
High Resolves Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mehrdad Baghai, said,
“Our solution is education through experience. Our formula, based on learning science, recognises that sustained personal transformations must begin with peak experiences that shift a person’s thoughts and feelings about themselves and the world around them”.
“In delivering this grant, we will focus on collective identity and independent thinking. Our curriculum prompts students to consider diversity, recognise their unconscious biases and develop the skills to think critically about what they hear, read and experience, and choose to respond with confidence and insight. Our programs have been well-received by students, teachers, principals and parents, and we are proud of our engagement with young people and their communities.”
High Resolves has received multiple awards including, the Good Design Australia Patron’s Award and the Aspen Institute’s prestigious John P. McNulty Prize. It has been independently evaluated by a number of external agencies, including the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER), showing that its work is achieving its intended purpose. Additionally, its approach has been identified as the world leader by the Omidyar Network, which has funded High Resolves’ expansion into the United States.
There is a strong appetite in regional and rural schools to have greater access to these programs.
Principal of Kariong Mountains High School, Anne Vine, said, “In regional and rural centres, students often don’t interact outside the local context or have exposure to global speakers. By having High Resolves based locally, our students will have access to the program, designed to develop the confidence, mindsets and associated capabilities in students to be change agents for a better society.”
The programs include student workshops, teacher resources aligned to curriculum and project-based, student-led learning opportunities. For more information on how High Resolves can complement your school’s mission and curriculum, and how a future partnership can be supported through federal funding, please contact Mia Garrett, Victorian Program Director, on 0438670916 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
An overview of the program is available through clicking: High Resolves Executive Summary