About the Program
WHAT IS VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD?
Village to Raise a Child is a program established by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) that identifies and nurtures five young entrepreneurs from around the world. These five students—called “Global Trailblazers”—are invited to come to Harvard to attend and present their ideas at the annual Igniting Innovation Summit, giving them the tools, skills and resources they need to execute their community-based projects.
Visualize the impact of our 2014 Global Trailblazers:
WHY WAS IT CREATED?
Village to Raise a Child was established because we believe that all ideas and all students should have the potential to grow and succeed, regardless of where they come from. We believe that giving young people the tools and skills to think about problems creatively, devise solutions, and execute them successfully will empower not just these youths but the entire communities in which they live.
WHY IS IT CALLED ‘VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD’?
Taken from the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child”, this name signifies three important aspects of our program:
We believe that, just like it takes a village to raise a child, successfully using social innovation to improve communities does not rest on one individual but requires a collaborative, community-wide effort.
Just as a village hopes that investing in its youth will help it grow and prosper in the long-run, we believe that the youth should be actively involved in the process of improving their communities.
We strongly believe in the capacity of today’s youth to use innovative techniques and solutions to better the villages that raised them.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The 2016 application is now closed. For more information about the application process, see our Rules and Guidelines page.