Resolution Social Venture Challenge

8th Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners, February 18, 2016 Photo credit: Johnny Vacar

8th Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners, February 18, 2016
Photo credit: Johnny Vacar

The Resolution Project, Inc. is delighted to be bringing its tenth Resolution Social Venture Challenge to the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

Founded in 2007, Resolution is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship.

The Resolution Social Venture Challenge allows undergraduate students to build teams and submit their plans for actual social ventures that will make a positive impact today. Resolution will provide a grant of up to US $3,000 and dynamic, hands-on mentorship for the winning Resolution Fellows and their ventures.

There are currently over 250 Resolution Fellows working on 6 continents in diverse, high-impact fields such as human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, and community development.

All undergraduate attendees at the YA are invited to propose impactful, socially-responsible projects (“Ventures”) through the multi-stage SVC:

Venture Proposals

Teams will sign-up and complete a 3-step proposal outlining the Venture implementation and sustainability. Resolution will review eligible submissions and invite semifinalists to participate in-person. Steps 1 and 2 of the 3-step proposal are due January 11, 2017 at 11:59pm EST, step 3 is due January 25, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.  Extensions may be possible, so please reach out to svc@resolutionproject.org with any deadline questions or extension requests.

SVC Forum

February 1, 2017, 1:00-3:00pm EST, UN Headquarters
Semifinalists will showcase their proposed Venture to students and judges in an informal, science fair-like setting. Attendance is mandatory for those who are competing.

SVC Finals

February 2, 2017, 1:00-3:00pm EST, UN Headquarters
Finalists will give formal presentations about their Ventures, followed by question and answer sessions with the judges.

For more details on participating in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge, including deadlines and eligibility requirements, please visit their website.

Please note, due to space constraints, teams participating at a Resolution Social Venture Challenge at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations are limited to three Founders/participants per team and all participants must be undergraduate students (eligibility infomation is here).

Outstanding Youth Delegate

To celebrate youth excellence and recognize young role models in today's ever-changing world, the Youth Assembly Organizing Committee will be selecting Outstanding Youth Delegates this winter.

Fifteen (15) finalists will be selected from the accepted youth delegates of the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations. After a rigorous selection process, three (3) Outstanding Youth Delegates will be identified out of the 15 finalists and will be awarded at the closing session. Each of the winners will be awarded with a plaque$1,000 grant, and the unique opportunity to speak on the podium regarding their commitment to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Selection Procedure

1. All applicants should answer the required questionnaire on the registration form carefully and to the best of their ability. To be eligible, the applicant should be 16-28 years old as of February 1, 2017 and have been accepted as a delegate for the current session of the Youth Assembly. Below are the questions on the form (Important: Please note that separate submissions via email or any means other than the registration form will not be considered):

  • Why do you want to be a Youth Delegate?
  • Which among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is your primary focus of interest and why?
  • Describe how you are/have been working toward realizing the SDGs.
  • What are the challenges or difficulties you encountered in these efforts and how do you plan to/how did you overcome them?
  • What do you hope to accomplish at the Youth Assembly?
  • What are your short and long term plans for ensuring the success of your focal SDG?
  • How do you plan to use your experience at the Youth Assembly in achieving them?

2. Responses to the questionnaire will be reviewed and evaluated based on the applicants' unique perspective and demonstrated understanding and commitment towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Youth Assembly Organizing Committee will identify and select top 15 most promising questionnaire submissions out of all accepted applications.

3. The 15 finalists will be notified and provided further instructions via email on January 13, 2017. Finalists will be required to present any form of evidence that supports their application during the next round of selection. All finalists will then undergo the first round of interview, which will assess the characteristics, skills, experience, and achievements of each candidate. Only a few will be contacted back for a final interview, which will culminate to the selection of the 3 winners.

Qualities of an Outstanding Youth Delegate

An outstanding youth delegate should:

Characteristics and Skills

  • Have a global perspective
  • Have a demonstrated understanding and commitment towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Have charisma and exceptional public speaking skills
  • Demonstrate great self-awareness and a desire for self-improvement and learning
  • Possess integrity and have a good reputation within and outside his/her community

Experience

  • Exemplify excellent leadership capabilities with proven experience of playing an active role towards social action and/or sustainable development solutions
  • Have unparalleled experience working with various sectors or organizations towards serving and improving his/her community, as well as promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Achievements

  • Have unique contributions to his/her community
  • Have proven track record of exceptional achievements related to youth engagement, social action and/or sustainable development solutions
  • Possess remarkable potential in contributing to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals

Timeline

October 2016 - January 2017: Conference and Delegate Package registration period
January 6 - 12, 2017: Questionnaire evaluations
January 13, 2017: Finalists will be notified via email
January 16 - 20, 2017: Finalist interviews
January 23, 2017: Outstanding Youth Delegates will be notified via email
February 3, 2017: Awarding of Outstanding Youth Delegates