We just welcomed our 10th Class of Fellows with a strong start at the United Nations! We had over 30 teams apply—our largest group ever at the Youth Assembly! 10 teams pitched to us in the Finals, and after a long deliberation, we were excited to welcome these 7 amazing young people with their 7 amazing ventures to the Resolution family as SVC Winners.
- Ariana Castillon is launching Be Proud Youthline in Lima, Peru. Be Proud Youthline will be a 24-hour hotline that provides counseling to any LGBT youth who calls in to prevent suicide and create a safe space for information and support.
- Carlos Vargas is launching Fempower in Caracas, Venezuela Fempower empowers young women, through training and development of digital competencies, to develop social enterprises and gain skills to improve the quality of life of the participants and their communities.
- Medha Reddy is launching Leading Women of Tomorrow in College Park, MD. Leading Women of Tomorrow seeks to teach college and graduate students the fundamentals of preparing for a career in public service through a yearlong training program at universities across the country. Topics covered include developing a campaign strategy, digital presence, effective messaging, public speaking, and fundraising.
- Gideon Amponsah is launching MyHealth in Accra, Ghana. MyHealth MyWellbeing seeks to create awareness of mental health and other issues that affect the psychosocial development of children and young people, through school and community education, mentorship and the use of information campaigns to help reduce stigma against mental health.
- Tanveer Jeewa is launching RefRights in Cape Town, South Africa. RefRights is building a software application for refugees, to alleviate the burden of organizations such as the Refugee Rights Unit. The app will identify the issues of the refugees and then provide them with letters addressed to authorities (with respect to their issues) informing them of the refugees’ rights—in the process, reducing their travel and wait times and the associated costs.
- Roland Oluwapelumi Ojo is launching Safer Hands in Lagos, Nigeria. Safer Hands is creating a team of medical students to work in communities to train traditional birth attendants to improve pregnancy outcomes. They will also distribute basic sterile delivery kits to aid in hygienic deliveries and reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.
- Asma Aljehani is launching The Future is Female in Doha, Qatar. The Future is Female is a program that is aimed at increasing female participation in the labor force in the Gulf by providing mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities that will encourage and ease their transition into the workplace. The program culminates in a conference in the spring.
We are grateful to the Youth Assembly and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation for including us for the 11th time and for their partnership in launching our 10th Fellow Class in a big way!