May 4 Gen-I NOW: Harvard’s ‘Village to Raise a Child’ Seeks Youth Creating Community Change

Waqaa (Hello in the Yup’ik language)!

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about Harvard’s Village to Raise a Child (VTRAC) Program!

The Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative is a student organization focused on training and empowering new and established entrepreneurs. The Village to Raise a Child program was established with the belief that all ideas and all students should have the potential to grow and succeed, regardless of where they come from. The VTRAC program empowers young people with the tools and skills necessary to think about problems creatively, devise solutions, and execute them successfully, strengthening the entire communities in which they live.

VTRAC selects five high school students from around the world to be recognized as “Global Trailblazers” who will present their social innovation project idea at the annual Igniting Innovation Summit and work with the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative to successfully execute their community based projects.

The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016.


  • Any student or group of students who is/are currently enrolled in high school or its equivalent. Students applying as a group must choose one leader to represent them in the application process.
  • Applicants must have an innovative idea or recently initiated project that attempts to solve a communitywide problem. Ongoing projects must be less than two years old.


  • Submit an online application form describing the community problem you are working to solve, your project, and the resources you need to support your work.
  • Create a self-made video (3-5 minutes long) responding to the prompt “Share with us your community and your idea to make it better.”

Fifteen finalists will be invited to a Skype interview before advancing to present their projects for public voting. Then, five Global Trailblazers will be chosen and invited to travel to Harvard to present their ideas in October 2016.

To learn more about Village to Raise a Child (VTRAC), see past winners, or to apply, please visit . For questions, email

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