Young people have the empathy, power, and ingenuity to solve world problems. We want to help them on their journey.

Learn About Solv[ED]
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Solv[ED] is designed to spark a sense of agency in young people aged 24 and under, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their community and the world.

Solv[ED] equips young people with knowledge, tools, and resources to practice problem identification and solution design. Solv[ED]’s approach prioritizes experiential learning, accessibility, and community-building among young problem-solvers.

There is no one path through Solv[ED]’s offerings. We’ve created a program for young people to design their own social impact journeys, but we cannot meet our goals alone. That is why we are bringing together a community of youth, education providers, and other cross-sector leaders to support young problem-solvers worldwide.

"Solv[ED] will give young people the opportunity to learn about and practice skills for social entrepreneurship. I’m especially excited about the ways that it’ll do this while bringing young people from around the world together."

- Emma Yang, Founder, Timeless

Who is Solv[ED] For?

Program Components

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Workshops and Microgrants

High-energy events (we call them Solveathon workshops) focused on problem identification, ideation and solution design. Participants are eligible to apply for micro-grant funding to work on a solution in their own community. Check out the calendar of upcoming events here.

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Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenges

Hosted on Solve’s open innovation platform. Young people anywhere can submit their solutions for the chance to become a Solv[ED] Innovator and get prize funding. View the 2023 Youth Innovation Challenge here.

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Solv[ED] Newsletter

News and updates by and for our community of young people, with opportunities and inspiration from across the MIT Solve ecosystem.
Sign up here.

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Solv[ED] Toolkit

Free online resources to jump start your social impact journey, no matter where you are! Explore design thinking, systems thinking, and more.


We’ll share the latest news and events via our Newsletter, but you can check back here, too! See all Solve events here.

Get Involved

Support Solv[ED]

Sponsor youth prizes and grants, volunteer to mentor teams, help us spread the word about open opportunities for youth, or make a gift of any amount to sustain this program.

Join Generation Solve

For people 24 and under who want to solve problems in their community and the world.

Join Generation Solve

For young people everywhere who want to solve problems in their community and the world.

As a young person, Solv[ED] offers you the opportunity to:

  • Meet and interact with young people from around the world, who are also passionate about making an impact

  • Gain experience and skills in design thinking methodologies and social innovation frameworks

  • Receive micro-grant funding and personalized support on your ideas

  • Get selected as a Solv[ED] Innovator, win prize funding, receive mentorship, and get a free trip to MIT’s campus

Young people aged 24 and under around the world are able to participate in Solv[ED] programming due to the generosity of our donors and supporters.

Sign up for the Solv[ED] newsletter to receive updates on upcoming events including Solveathon Workshops and the launch of the Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.

Solv[ED] Toolkit

Explore free online resources that we’ve picked for you.

No matter where you are in your social impact journey, we’ve got you covered. These resources include videos, courses, articles and podcasts that will help you understand your purpose, learn about world problems that matter to you, and create innovative solutions.

Support Solv[ED]

For individuals and organizations looking to support the next generation of innovators.

Whether you're an individual or represent an organization, foundation or business, we invite you to become a Solv[ED] supporter. Your contribution supports young people in learning about and practicing social entrepreneurship and innovation.

As a Solv[ED] Supporter, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Give young people around the world access to programming including workshops, micro-grants, prizes, and educational content

  • Join the MIT Solve community of cross-sector leaders committed to learning from and partnering with one another to help innovators around the world on their own social impact journeys

  • Make a financial contribution of any amount to sustain this vital program

$300 funds an exploratory micro-grant for one youth participant; $5,000 funds a grant for a Solv[ED] Innovator and $50,000 funds prize grants for all ten selected Innovators. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can support youth-led innovation, please get in touch.

Join our Amplify Network

We can’t reach our goals alone. Solv[ED] is building a network of individuals and organizations that are committed to supporting young people on their social impact journeys.

The Amplify Network is free to join and allows you to:

  • Access communications and updates about Solv[ED] offerings 
  • Promote Solv[ED] Challenge and offerings through external channels 
  • Promote your own youth social impact initiatives in the Solv[ED] newsletter 
  • Sign-up to support young innovators as a mentor
  • Contribute to the Solv[ED] Toolkit with free open-access resources

If you are interested in joining our Amplify Network, please fill out this interest form. You can expect to hear from us via email in the near future about upcoming opportunities.


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