Our Sydney Team

Daniel Dyer
Program Manager, New South Wales

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. 

Hannah Grant
Program Manager, New South Wales

As a young person, Hannah became involved in youth-led social action programs. As she progressed from program participant to youth leader, her passion for social justice and youth empowerment was ignited. Hannah has an MA in Applied Theatre (Drama in Education and Community settings) from the Royal School of Speech and Drama, London, and has focused her career on working with young people to use creativity and informal learning for social impact. Hannah has worked predominantly with disengaged and at-risk young people with a career that spans the UK, Asia, Mexico and Australia. She was the Director of Socially-Engaged Programs at Shopfront Arts Co-op, Sydney, for 5 years, and is the founder of youth arts and global citizenship program Theatre:Connect.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I believe strongly in the power of young people to make a difference in the world, and it’s incredible to be spending every day working with them to affirm them as young leaders to create social change.

Hannah Morris
Program Director, New South Wales

Hannah’s passion is working to achieve social justice and the empowerment of young people through education. She has over five years of experience working in the intersection of the education, advocacy, social justice and not for profit management sectors. Hannah holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Teaching from Deakin University. An alumnus of the Teach For Australia program, she spent three years teaching English and Humanities in Darwin where she loved engaging her students to think critically about global issues. Hannah’s previous work experiences include a volunteer legal placement with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Board Director of UN Youth Australia, National Ambassador for education charity One Girl, and President of the University of Sydney Union.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I truly believe that the education of young people is the most important and powerful way we can invest in our future. Helping to create a generation of globally aware, values-driven, curious, and empathic young citizens and leaders is something that fires me up and gives me hope for our society and our world.

Lauren Swift
Program Manager, New South Wales

Lauren’s passion for social justice was nurtured and fueled through her Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney. With several years of teaching experience in both high school and university classrooms, Lauren combines her love of teaching and facilitation with hands-on experience from the non-profit sector to bring enthusiasm and passion to her job every day.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am fueled by my passion for creating a fairer, more peaceful world, and my deeply held belief that the best way to do this is to raise a generation of young people who believe that this world is possible. I’m passionate about emboldening young people to reach their fullest potential in all aspects of life.

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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 officially open in July, but we will be announcing some exciting additions and prizes for this year’s competition, so be sure to register and be the first to hear the news, to get more information, or to get started early.

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

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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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