Schmidt Futures, in partnership with The Rhodes Trust, has announced the opening of applications for Rise, a new global talent program to find outstanding young people who need opportunity, and support them for life as they use their talents to build a better world. Rise is the anchor program of a broader $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt.
Rise seeks to identify talented young people, ages 15 to 17, from around the world who have the potential to use their talents to tackle the world's most pressing issues. The program will build a global community of rising leaders, connecting everyone who applies with peers around the world, free learning resources, and access to additional opportunities from the Rise network of partners. Additionally, each year, Rise will select 100 Global Winners and provide them with a lifetime of personalized supportincluding scholarships, mentorship, career services, and access to funding to develop their ideasas they work together to serve others.
"Today's young people will face a rapidly changing world of challenges on a scale unprecedented in human history," said Wendy Schmidt, Co-founder of Schmidt Futures.
Rise is working with dozens of global partnersfrom schools to businesses to local governmentsto identify and support talented young people in communities throughout the world. Examples of these partnerships include United World Colleges, Teach For All, Global Citizen Year, African Leadership Group, AMIDEAST, National Youth Council Singapore, and the Latin American Leadership Academy.
"We are living in a time of both significant global challenges and unique global opportunities," said Eric Schmidt, Co-founder of Schmidt Futures.
"With the launch of Rise, we hope to identify and empower the next generation of brilliant leaders around the world in a way that has never been done before. We'll harness the power of technology to find talented young people who would otherwise go undiscovered or unsupported, connect them in a global community, and give them the resources to use their talents for good throughout their lives."
To apply for Rise, millennials aged between 15 to 17 can register through Hello World - Rise, a global, mobile-first platform available on Google Play and the iOS App Store.
Rise looks for brilliant applicants who also demonstrate perseverance, empathy, and integrityand who have a calling to make the world better and need an extra boost to make their ideas a reality.
young people will have an opportunity to showcase these qualities by recording short videos about their background and interests; creating a two-month individual project on a topic about which they are passionate; and presenting their work on the Hello World app and providing feedback on the work of their peers.