5/29 Gen-I NOW: Village to Raise a Child Program

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 school students with the most innovative ideas from countries around the globe. These students spend one funded week at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to develop their projects and leadership skills and pitch their project to the annual Igniting Innovation Summit. In addition, winners meet social entrepreneurs in the Greater Boston Area, partake in workshops pertaining to the different aspects of leading a social enterprise, and attend classes and learn more about life at Harvard/in an American university.


  • Must be enrolled in high school; and
  • Must have an innovative idea or recently initiated project that attempts to solve a community-wide problem.

To Register: Click here and complete the application form, including:

  • Name;
  • Contact information; and
  • Project/idea information via short essays.

Questions? If you have questions, please email villagetoraiseachild@gmail.com.



5/22 Gen-I NOW: NAFOA Academy

The Academy is a one-of-a-kind program that offers three levels of coursework for Native youth to prepare and support their early career development. Levels 100 and 200 will be conducted online, and are free and open to eligible youth. Level 300 is the onsite NAFOA Leadership Summit. Academy students must complete Levels 100 and 200 to be eligible to apply to level 300.

Registration for Academy 100 & 200 begins on May 20, 2019.

*Registration for Academy 300 is for those Native youth who have completed Academy 100 & 200.


  • Self-identifying Native American youth between the ages of 18-24

To Register: Click here and complete the registration form, including:

  • Name;
  • Contact information;
  • Tribal affiliation;
  • Education experience; and
  • Consent.

Questions? If you have questions, please email education@nafoa.org or visit the FAQ page.



5/15 Gen-I NOW: This Is My Story Challenge

NIMHD is seeking insightful essays from U.S. high school students, aged 16 – 18, that describe a teen’s understanding of a specific mental health issue and ideas that can promote better health and well-being in their communities with a particular emphasis on communicating with parents, peers, school leaders, policy makers, and health professionals.

The Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story Challenge was initiated to address this second aim and then further expanded to include any youth from any culture that may view mental health negatively or not at all due to stigma, lack of awareness and education, and differences in cultural conceptualization of mental health.

Solutions submitted to this Challenge could include:

  • Creative ideas to start a conversation
  • Innovative ideas to remove/reduce/lower barriers
  • Suggested changes in school policies
  • Other areas of concern to individuals and their community