Avenues Seed Bank

World Challenges

The world’s problems will be solved by audacious and courageous young people. Seed Bank is a global program for Avenues students in grades 6-12 to start or continue their journey of making the world a better place. Students apply through a process that prepares them for future funding meetings, pitch competitions, and accelerator programs. Upon acceptance, students receive funds, a host of services, mentors, and a real opportunity to understand and solve global-scale problems. During the program students both participate and lead an incubator-like experience as they translate an idea to impact.


Students will be divided into cohorts that will work and learn together as they develop their ideas. These cohorts are divided into two different tracks.

Rights of Nature & Global Health

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These issues challenge our perceptions of the fundamental nature of beings on this planet. These include (but are not limited to) racial equality, poverty, access to quality education, animal rights, gender equality, global health, and nutrition.

Imminent Global-Scale Problems

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These are problems that are systematic and immediately threaten our world. These include, but are not limited to climate change, artificial intelligence, nuclear disarmament, and government accountability.


Students enter the program in January and join a community that helps them succeed in developing and implementing their solutions. With the support of the Seed Bank team, students will conduct beneficiary/customer research, develop their theory of change, conduct pilots to test hypotheses, and monitor and evaluate their impact. The ultimate goal: students build and grow an organization through this program and see that they are capable of developing solutions to the pressing problems of the world.

Throughout the year students can access services and support, including:

  • Funding
    Participants receive access to prototype and acceleration funding to build initial ideas and help them flourish. New teams in the initial stage receive funds to support customer/beneficiary research and to manifest their ideas as proof-of-concept prototypes. Teams with traction and evidence supporting their projects receive funds to support implementation, program delivery, and pilot studies.
  • Community
    Students are part of a global cohort of other Seed Bankers working on similar issues who can offer support, differing perspectives, and cross-pollination of ideas.
  • Space
    Students have access to a supervised space during and after the school day to meet with partners, stakeholders, mentors, and others.
  • Guidance
    The Avenues team and mentors provide students with expert mentorship and programming.


Any student grades 6-12 in the Avenues ecosystem is eligible to apply for Seed Bank. Students can bring ideas incubated in classes or clubs, and they can apply with or without a faculty sponsor. Students applying from outside classes should schedule office hours with someone from the Seed Bank team to get feedback on their application so they are on an even playing field with other students. To be in Seed Bank, we just ask that students are passionate about a problem, are ready to contribute to a community of supportive and equally passionate people, and are interested in developing a solution that can grow to make a lasting, positive impact.

We are now accepting applications for teams, volunteers, and parent support until December 13, 2021.

If you have applied and been selected previously, please apply using the continue project link. Otherwise, please select one of the other options.

  • Continue Project
  • Propose New Project
  • Join as Student Volunteer

Parents, Avenues affiliates, and community members who are interested in supporting Seed Bank, let us know by clicking below.

Join as Adult Volunteer


  • Drew Edwards

    Drew Edwards

    Contributor, Global Social Impact
  • Sylvia Guimarães

    Sylvia Guimarães

    Director, Community Engagement SP
  • Morgan Jones

    Morgan Jones

    Director, Community Engagement & Partnerships NY
  • Steven Dracht

    Steven Dracht

    LX Designer and Faculty, Avenues Online
  • Briar Rose DeTommaso

    Briar Rose DeTommaso

    LX Designer, Avenues Studio Hamptons
  • Jorge Kalil

    Jorge Kalil

    Community Engagement Associate, Avenues São Paulo
  • Dr. Wallen Mphepo

    Dr. Wallen Mphepo

    Master of Entrepreneurship Faculty, Avenues Shenzhen