Our Sydney Team

Allana Duncan
Operations Manager, Digital Services

Allana is a High Resolves alum, having participated in the program as a student in 2009. Coming full circle, Allana is excited to work with an organisation that was pivotal in cultivating her passion and interest in social justice. Allana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Sydney, writing her Honours thesis on the political rights of children. Allana’s previous work experience includes Project Officer and Instructional Designer for HammondCare, a not-for-profit aged care provider. Allana spent her early career working with children in educational settings, as well as holding volunteer positions, working with students at 826NYC and Children of Promise. In her free time, Allana enjoys performing in improvisational theatre.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe that every young person should be recognised as, and empowered to be, a contributing member of their community.  I am passionate about the mission of High Resolves, to encourage young people to be critical thinkers and vocal advocates for the change they want to see in their world.

Daniel Dyer
Program Leader, Sydney

Dan grew up in Southern California where regular trips to Mexico and South America opened his eyes to the disparities in wealth between communities around the world. To pursue his passion for social justice and help the poor, Dan got a degree in International Development from Seattle Pacific University where he learned about the globalised world and the ways in which it empowers some and creates hardship for so many others. He has worked for various non-profits that focussed on the development and empowerment of young people and is passionate about creative teaching methods that inspire young people to work for the greater good and help those that are in need around them. 

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

To see young people learn something new and realise that they can have a positive impact on the world around them is so inspiring to me. I love being a part of an organisation that truly believes in the power of young people to create change on a local and global scale. 

Brandon Paterson
Program Leader, Sydney

Inspired by his own development and aha moments through attending an immersive, ‘peak experience’, leadership camp in the US as a teenager, Brandon saw the value and impact that non-traditional education can have on a person’s life. Brandon volunteered at this same camp a number of summers in a row, getting the opportunity to lead some activities and group sessions. This planted seeds that one day, he too could become a facilitator and create aha moments for others. After developing his skills through acting studies and performance, Brandon began facilitating behaviour change workshops in secondary schools on behalf of corporate clients.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I want to see a world where we don’t just survive, but we thrive. To do this we need to create a world that works together for everyone, with no one left out. To create this world we need bold, ethical and empathetic leaders who strive not just to propel themselves forward, but who will bring others with them and lead others to do the same. What better way to achieve this, than through immersive education? I see a whole generation of young people resolving to do their part and make a difference.

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Our history

High Resolves was founded in Sydney, New South Wales in 2005, and it remains our global headquarters to this day.

The program was first piloted at International Grammar School, which was joined by James Ruse Agricultural High School, Sydney Boys High School, Hornsby Girls High School and Ryde Secondary College, forming the original portfolio of schools. Since that time nearly 100,000 young people across the state have been empowered to make a positive difference to their communities, and this is just the beginning!

Upcoming events & news

Videos for Change 2019

Give your students a platform to create and be heard!

Give your students the opportunity to lead social change and develop valuable global competencies through the High Resolves national Videos for Change challenge. Students from Years 7-12 are challenged to submit a one-minute video on a social issue they feel passionate about, with the chance to be featured on Network TEN’s The Project and win a share of prizes worth over $10,000!

Entries for this year’s competition have now closed, but voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on 14 October.

For more information and to register your interest, please click below.


Our work

Case study: North Sydney Girls High

North Sydney Girls High School is a long-standing High Resolves partner that meaningfully incorporates the program into the school’s culture. The school values the way immersive experiences coupled with real world application projects equips students with important global competencies and skills they will need in the real world. Students are particularly enthusiastic about High Resolves’ Videos for Change challenge, which provides students with the opportunity to share their voice, collaborate in teams, and build their confidence that they can make the world a better place. To learn more about our work with North Sydney Girls, read testimonials from the school below.

The programs offered by High Resolves give immediacy to our role in developing ethical and aware future citizens. Over many years, I have seen students make a connection between our stated values and the world in which they live. The quality of the programs, the high calibre of the presenters and the responsiveness to student interest has ensured the place of High Resolves in our broader school curriculum. Through participation in the different modules, students have grown in their awareness and confidence to advocate for causes for which they feel impassioned. These may be local, national or global with the common thread being student empowerment. The development self-efficacy, collective student voice and practical application of social justice principles are reflected in the popularity of the program with students, staff and parents. High Resolves is an excellent example of how we fulfil our responsibilities as educators and adults helping future generations improve the world step by step. I commend the program to all schools.

David Tomlin Principal,
North Sydney Girls High

The facilitators are vibrant and engaging and encourage the student’s passion for global issues. Especially for the students who are usually hesitant to speak up, the welcoming environment created in the sessions allows students to find the courage to offer an opinion or volunteer to get involved in an activity.

Gayle Parnaby Head of P.E,
North Sydney Girls High



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