Our Melbourne Team

Mia Garrett
Program Director, Victoria

Mia is a passionate educator and strong believer in its transformative power.  Through her extensive travels and time living abroad, she has developed an understanding of how powerful real world learning experiences can be.  This, accompanied by her love of working with young people, drives her to provide meaningful educational experiences which encourage students to engage in their local and global communities.  Across her nine years of teaching experience in secondary schools she has led international immersion trips, managed social justice initiatives and developed a student leadership program to empower young leaders.  She has a Bachelor of Secondary Education (PE/Health/Science) from Deakin University.

I am passionate about working at High Resolves because… 
I have the opportunity to connect with students through empowering them to lead positive social change.  Their insight, passion and drive to make our world a better place is truely inspiring.  Education and self belief are powerful tools, and High Resolves supports students in deepening both.

Emily Vining
Program Manager, Victoria

Inspired by her own time at school and the teachers who surrounded her, Emily aspired from a young age to work in the education system.  She has continued to foster this passion for working with young people through her time teaching in metropolitan and regional Australia.  Emily now recognises and believes in the transformative power of real-world learning and believes that engaging people outside of the confines of traditional subject areas can be extremely powerful in shaping young people’s beliefs and values about themselves and the world they live in.  Emily also volunteers with a peer-based drug harm reduction program and has previously volunteered with a sexual assault service where she facilitated workshops in secondary schools to promote healthy relationships and anti-violence strategies to diverse groups of young people.  She has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Postgraduate Certificate of Health Promotion from Deakin University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I love working with and learning from young people and I am proud to work for an organisation who recognises the power of youth.  I take great pride in empowering young people to recognise that, together they can drive positive social change towards a more fair and equitable world for all.  

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Our history

After four years of steady growth in New
South Wales, High Resolves launched in
Melbourne in 2009.

To date, we have empowered more than 58,000 young Victorians to act as purposeful global citizens, and to lead their communities, and the world, to a brighter future. High Resolves currently partners with over 40 government, independent, and Catholic schools across metropolitan Melbourne, and we are about to embark on a new journey into regional and rural Victoria.

Upcoming Events

Videos for Change 2019

High Resolve’s national Videos for Change challenge is a powerful opportunity for your students to create and be heard while leading social change. 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 $12,000!

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: Dandenong High School

Dandenong High School has been an important High Resolves partner for four years. We began working with Year 9 students back in 2015, and that initial program was so successful that we expanded into Year 8. For the past three years, we have consistently received funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet for programs to empower Dandenong High School students to promote social cohesion, both offline and online. We have also worked with teachers at the school to help them better understand how to positively influence mindsets and attitudes of teenagers. Dandenong High School has reported that the High Resolves program has been invaluable. One student stated, “We feel more comfortable about helping others online because we are better educated about it now. We know what to do if something wrong is happening to us or other people. We also feel more confident in making the online world a better place.”



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