Village to Raise a Child 2018 - Global Trailblazer Application
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.


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. 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


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.


April 9, 2018: VTRAC application opens
June 7, 2018: Applications due
July 8, 2018: Finalists announced
July 8 – July 31, 2018: Finalist interviews occur (Skype interview, 30 min.)
August 1, 2018: Global Trailblazers announced
September 30, 2018: Winners arrive at Harvard University
October 6, 2018: Igniting Innovation Summit
October 7, 2018: Winners depart from Harvard University

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