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: