Commitments Challenge 2017: Last year’s winning commitment, Dream Chasers by Wesleyan University students Archie Wilson and Rhea Drozdenko, raised more than $18,000 to support an after-school peer mentorship program that provides leadership trainings to middle school and high school students in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Strengthening the future through the CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge and “The Resolution Project”

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) engages inspired students around the world to take action and address a range of pressing global challenges. Each year, 1,000 students commit to making a difference using their talent, ideas, energy, and deep desire to have a positive impact on their communities. Access to tools, resources, capital, and mentorship facilitated by CGI U help bring those ideas to life. At this year’s CGI U meeting taking place on October 19–21 at The University of Chicago, there are unique opportunities for students to gain funding and lessons that will take their commitments to the next level to achieve maximum impact. For instance, in 2017, students collectively raised more than $71,000 for their commitments with the winning team, Dream Chasers, led by Wesleyan University students Archie Wilson and Rhea Drozdenko, raising more than $18,000 alone. The funding allowed Dream Chasers to move forward with their commitment to reduce the opportunity gap in education by awarding scholarships to six students to serve as campus coordinators and provide mentorship to their community.

The CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge is a campaign that provides select CGI U students a platform to fundraise for their commitments in partnership with GoFundMe. Fifty student teams from the CGI U Class of 2018 will compete to raise funds for their Commitments to Action using the GoFundMe platform, and the team that raises the most money for its commitment by Thursday, October 18 will be highlighted on stage at the CGI U 2018 meeting.

CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge participants are raising money for a number of important and impactful causes, such as providing scientific equipment and STEM lesson plans to underserved schools in the Bay Area; developing safer and less painful insulin pens for diabetics in Wisconsin; and supporting female-owned food cart operators with business trainings and tools in Afghanistan. Regardless of the winner, participants will keep all funds raised for their commitment’s campaign.

Resolution Project semi-finalists at the CGI U 2016 meeting at the University of California, Berkeley

The Resolution Project, a CGI U partner organization, also recently announced that 29 student commitments have been selected to compete for on-site seed funding and a Resolution Fellowship, which includes lifelong mentorship and leadership opportunities, through their “Resolution Social Venture Challenge” at the CGI U 2018 meeting. The competition will provide a pathway to action for these students to pursue impactful projects and be change leaders in their communities, with a total of $50,000 provided to selected/winning teams this year.

The 29 CGI U commitments selected are being developed by 53 students representing 25 schools who are addressing a variety of issues around the world, such as hypertension screening programs for homeless communities in Orlando, Florida; reducing iron deficiency among pregnant women and children in Malawi; providing households in rural Nepal with a biogas digester to help generate biofuel from organic household waste; and empowering adolescent refugee populations through intercultural dialogue and higher education in Ohio.

Thank you to our partners at GoFundMe and The Resolution Project for helping students turn their ideas into action. Congrats and good luck to all student challengers!

*All donations via the CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge will go directly to the individual students or through their self-identified fiscal sponsor and are not donations to CGI U or the Clinton Foundation.

CGI U is a growing network of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

CGI U is a growing network of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.