2017 Application Closed
All applicants will be notified of their status on or before July 1, 2017. For more information about the competition timeline, see our Rules and Guidelines page.
WHAT IS VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD?
Village to Raise a Child is a program established by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative that identifies and nurtures five young social entrepreneurs from around the world. These five students—called “Global Trailblazers”—are selected via a global competition that searches for the most inspiring high schoolers with the most innovative ideas from countries around the globe. These students spend one week at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to develop their projects and leadership skills, and pitch their project to the annual Igniting Innovation Summit.
2016 Global Trailblazers' villages:
WHY WAS VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD CREATED?
Village to Raise a Child was established because we believe that everyone’s ideas should have the potential to grow and succeed, regardless of age or region of the world. We also believe that giving young people the tools and skills to think creatively about problems, devise community-based solutions, and execute them successfully will empower not just those students but their entire communities.
WHY IS IT CALLED ‘VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD’?
Taken from the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child,” our name reflects three important values of our program:
It takes a village to raise a child, and using social innovation to improve communities also requires a collaborative effort amongst students, mentors in their communities, and resources provided by our program.
Youth should be taken seriously in their ability to affect consequential change in their communities - their creativity and optimism are too valuable to waste.
Young people should be provided with the resources they need to execute their ideas and better the villages that raised them.