The Resolution Project was founded by a group of young professionals who had attended youth leadership summits as university students and had been frustrated with being the “leaders of tomorrow.” Resolution’s founders believe that university students have the energy, idealism and will to solve some of the world’s most persistent and challenging problems, and should be leading today.
Resolution was founded in 2007 to develop and empower young leaders so they can pursue socially responsible solutions to issues affecting communities around the world. We designed our Social Venture Challenge (“SVC”) to be an inspiring call to action for university students with an idea for a social venture and we created the Resolution Fellowship to be an ecosystem of support to help them implement their idea and develop as socially responsible leaders.
Resolution initially partnered with Harvard World Model United Nations (“WorldMUN”), an annual youth summit, which brings together more than 2,000 young leaders from around the world.
We hosted a simulated SVC at WorldMUN’s 2008 conference in Mexico to test the concept. The response from conference attendees was overwhelming and more than 50 teams participated, so we returned to WorldMUN’s 2009 conference in The Hague ready to award the first Resolution Fellowships. Resolution has since hosted SVCs at every WorldMUN conference since, including our 50th SVC in Panama in 2018.
In 2012, we began partnering with other youth conferences and universities around the world to bring our SVC and Fellowship to more young leaders and broaden our impact. Today, there are nearly 500 Resolution Fellows on six continents working on ventures addressing issues ranging from basic needs, food, development, education, energy and the environment, health and wellness, equality and empowerment, and humanitarian relief.
The mission of The Resolution Project is to develop socially responsible young leaders and empower them to make a positive impact today.
The vision of The Resolution Project is to create a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility.
Resolution is dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship. We inspire young changemakers through our proven model of Social Venture Challenges and Resolution Fellowships, we:
- Partner with youth conferences and scholar programs in the United States and around the world.
- Recruit undergraduate students to propose social ventures in our multi-stage Social Venture Challenge.
- Award Resolution Fellowships to compelling young leaders with the most promising social venture proposals.
- Support our Fellows with seed funding, hands-on mentorship, access to pro bono resources, and a community of like-minded peers.
- Connect them with opportunities to grow their ventures, their careers, and their impact through partner organizations.