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] will equip 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’re creating a program for young people to design their own social impact journeys. This is our first year and we will be adding to the program as we go, based on the meaningful input of young people.
We can’t do this alone. That is why we are bringing together a community of youth organizations, 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?
Solv[ED] participants are young people aged 24 and under. There is no lower age limit. Young people, everywhere, are welcome to participate. We particularly seek to encourage and support those in underserved communities who may not typically have access to social impact and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Solv[ED] Members are like-minded organizations that support young people in their community. These can be youth-led or youth-serving organizations, universities, colleges, schools, nonprofits, for-profits and more. Find out more about Solv[ED] membership and how to join here.
Brings together young people who have taken part in the Solv[ED] program, and inspire and facilitate partnerships across the Solv[ED] ecosystem.
Open to anyone, anywhere. The course will guide young people in building skills and practicing methodologies for social innovation.
The program will evolve and grow based on the meaningful input of young people. We want to hear from you, so join Generation Solve today!
Click below to register for our events. We will add more over time so don’t forget to sign up for the Solv[ED] newsletter as more dates are confirmed!
Participants are eligible for $300 micro-grants
Workshop: Anatomy of an Effective Design Question *
Monday, October, 18, 2021 @ 9-10am ET
- Solv[ED] Global Refinement Solveathon Workshop*
Saturday, November 13th @ 7am - 12pm ET
Participants are eligible for $600 micro-grants
- Workshop: User Research 101*
Tuesday, November, 23, 2021; 9-10:30am ET
- Workshop: Building Prototypes for Apps & Website *
Tuesday, November 30, 2021; 9-11am ET
- Ask Me Anything: Solver Journey*
Tuesday, December 14, 2021; 9-10am ET
- Solv[ED] Application Clinic: Need Help? We’re here for you.
- November 2, 2021; 8am-9am
- December 9, 2021; 11am-12pm
- January 11, 2022; 8-9am & 7-8pm ET
*These events are open to participating Members only
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:
- Explore and reflect on your personal purpose, the problems in your community, and potential solutions you could work on
- 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
- Design, prototype and advance your own solutions with input from and partnerships with other young people and organizations
- Receive micro-grant and prize funding to advance your own solution
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.
Explore free online resources that we’ve picked for you.
No matter where you are in your social impact journey, we’ve got your covered. These resources include videos, courses, articles and podcasts that’ll help you understand your purpose, learn about world problems that matter to you, and create innovative solutions.
If there’s something you’d like to see on this Toolkit, but isn’t there right now, let us know.
Become a Solv[ED]Member
For organizations looking to support the next generation of innovators.
To submit your interest in Solv[ED] membership, sign up here.
Whether your organization is a university, college, school, youth-serving organization, foundation or business, we invite you to join the Solv[ED] Member community. Solv[ED] Membership establishes your organization as a leader in social impact education and helps you support young people in learning about and practicing social entrepreneurship and innovation.
As a Solv[ED] Member, you will have the opportunity to:
Give students and young people within your organization/institution access to year-round programming, including learning sessions, workshops, micro-grants, open innovation Challenges, prizes, and an open-access online course
Join a community of cross-sector leaders committed to learning from and partnering with one another to help young people around the world design their own social impact journeys
Promote youth innovation by elevating and funding promising solutions submitted to the Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge
Membership fees are paid annually and are intended as a charitable contribution to MIT which will support the Solv[ED] program. Click below to learn more about membership and levels of engagement.
Join our Amplify Network
Did we mention we can’t do this alone? In addition to our Members, Solv[ED] is building a network of 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
- 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 and a member of the Solv[ED] team will be in touch. If you would like to be more engaged and join our events, consider the Solv[ED] Membership here.
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