RULES AND GUIDELINES

2017 Village to Raise a Child Timeline

April 1, 2017: 2017 VTRAC application opens
June 1, 2017: Applications due
July 1, 2017: Finalists announced
July 1 – July 31, 2017: Finalist interviews
August 1, 2017: Global Trailblazers announced
October 15, 2017: Winners arrive at Harvard University
October 21, 2017: Igniting Innovation Summit

Eligibility

The Village to Raise a Child program is open to any student or group of students (up to 5) from any country who is currently enrolled in a high school or its equivalent at the time of their visit to Harvard - as such, students cannot be entering college or an equivalent program in the calendar year 2017. Note that VTRAC can only cover the full program expenses (including airfare) of one student in a winning group, but additional students from winning groups are welcome if they can cover the cost of their own airfare to Boston, MA. 

Applicants must have an innovative idea or recently initiated project that attempts to solve a community-wide problem. Ongoing projects must be less than two years old. Applicants do not need to speak English fluently, but strong familiarity with the language is required. 

Submitting an application, and participating in a Skype interview if chosen as a finalist, will necessitate reliable access to internet. If this is a challenge, please send us an email at villagetoraiseachild@gmail.com.

Program Fees

VTRAC will cover all costs for individual Global Trailblazers. VTRAC will cover all costs for one representative of winning groups, and additional students from winning groups are welcome to attend the program if they can cover the cost of their own airfare to Boston, MA. 

2017 Application

The 2017 Village to Raise a Child program is no longer accepting submissions.