Camp RESOLVE (Reaching and Enlightening Students On Lessons in Violence Prevention Education) represents the fruition of a collaborative effort between Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and Right Moves for Youth (RMFY) that began in 1997.
RMFY is a privately funded non-profit collaborative effort between Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), YMCA, Paramount's Carowinds and various civic organizations devoted to improving the lives of at-risk youth through involving them in programs that motivate them to stay in school, improve their behavior, increase academic achievement and pursue a higher quality of life. In 1997, RMFY received a Community Initiatives Grant from the United Way of the Central Carolinas to work with CMC in producing and evaluating an 18-hour anti-violence curriculum for at-risk middle school students. The original program included three, six-hour components, the first two were designed to give participants a realistic look at the medical and legal consequences of violence. These sessions included a trip to CMC, the Mecklenburg County Morgue, and the Mecklenburg County Jail. The final component included a conflict resolution course designed to provide participants with non-violent conflict-solving skills.
The original program has evolved into "Camp RESOLVE", a month long summer anti-violence program. Although CMC remains a primary partner, others have joined, including the Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Mothers of Murdered Offspring and Paradigms of Prevention, a youth-service agency. Key program components include:
- A day-long visit to CMC to educate participants about the medical consequences of violence. Participants watch videos and slide shows, and tour the Emergency Department and Trauma ICU and interact directly with current and former victims of violence at CMC and Carolinas Rehabilitation
- Opportunities to meet with lawyers, judges and detectives to gain insight into the juvenile judicial system
- A half-day trip to the Western Youth Center in Morganton (the only juvenile prison facility in North Carolina) with the opportunity of panel participation with incarcerated youth.
- An Anger Management/Conflict Resolution Course
- Team building and trust building exercises, including a low ropes course at the Police Athletic League
- Presentations from non-violence proponents in the Charlotte area