Refugees
About

Refugees and internally-displaced-persons have lost shelter and community by being forced to flee. Relegated to camps and expensive, often scarce, temporary housing arrangements, these communities are seldom self-sufficient, employed, or empowered. Resolution Fellows are working on providing infrastructure, resources, economic opportunities and education to refugees and IDPs.

Refugees and internally-displaced-persons have lost shelter and community by being forced to flee. Relegated to camps and expensive, often scarce, temporary housing arrangements, these communities are seldom self-sufficient, employed, or empowered. Resolution Fellows are working on providing infrastructure, resources, economic opportunities and education to refugees and IDPs.

Youth Empowerment Initiative (YEI)

Youth Empowerment Initiative (YEI) is a student-run initiative that aims to build the capacity of youth and support primary school education in Yumbe District, Uganda. The project recruits and trains youth mentors to provide mentorship to primary school children and provides textbooks and lesson revision materials to upper primary classes.

RefRights

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 refugeesê rightsãin the process, reducing their travel and wait times and the associated costs.

IMPaCT

Natalie Stasiewicz is starting IMPaCT in Heidelberg, Germany. IMPaCT is an inclusive music program for teenagers 14-17 from different social and educational backgrounds to learn about music and themselves by writing and creating rap together. This free program will include music therapists and local artists to help students learn to express themselves and discover all that they have in common while also celebrating their differences.

Natalie Stasiewicz

I was born in Hamburg Germany where I grew up. My parents are both from Poland, which gave me the amazing opportunity to grow up bilingual. After graduating from the Gymnasium I decided to move to Heidelberg, where I started studying History and South Asia Studies. During my studies I got the chance to learn many languages and meet incredible young people. One of them is my friend and flatmate Milena. Together we founded our social venture IMPaCT, the Inclusive Music Project. We hope to bring young people from different social- and educational backgrounds together

Refuge

Abd Al-Rahman Traboulsi, Jackson Frazier, and Nima Dahir are the co-founders of Refuge, a social venture that aims to empower adolescent refugee populations through intercultural dialogue and higher education. The program will establish an online community to promote intercultural exchange between refugee and American student partners, culminating in an immersion experience at Ohio State University to foster relationships and spur discussion with community leaders. Recently, Refuge completed a successful academic year program at OSU and a pilot program at the University of Cincinnati.

Connect

Through their social venture, Connect, Fabian Nagel, Albert Grafe, and Max Wosnitza will bring together refugees and asylum seekers in Mannheim, Germany with university students for exchange of culture and language.  In so doing, Connect aims to breakdown long-standing barriers between refugees and German citizens and ease the process of refugee integration into German society.

Max A. Wosnitza

Max Wosnitza currently pursues a bachelor degree in Economics at the University of Mannheim. Since his young years, Max had a special interest into political, economic and social issues. Therefore he found himself early engaged in the local amnesty international youth group, as well as being a member of a city councils planning body for educational development in his hometown Emden. After starting his studies, Max added a global perspective to his earlier experiences, joining the Model United Nations Society, sense the importance of intercultural exchange.

Fabian Nagel

Fabian is an Economics student at the University of Mannheim, Germany graduating in 2017. Being especially interested in Macroeconomics and Finance he wants to achieve higher education in those fields. As Fabian enjoys cultural diversity and follows current political developments he wanted to take action tackling the refugee crisis. This made him become a Co-Founder of Connect. Connect enriches cultural diversity and fosters sympathy between refugees and university students offering a platform for cultural and linguistic exchange.

Albert Erasmus Grafe

Albert has completed his B.Sc. in Economics at the University of Mannheim and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Economics at Humboldt University Berlin. Albert works part time for a member of the German Parliament. He takes a special interest in economic policy and finance. Albert has always been particularly sensitive to social injustice and the treatment of minorities, which led him to found the Amnesty International Youth Group in his home town of Leipzig in 2012 and ultimately encouraged him to start the social venture Connect.

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