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Global Citizen Year is launching a generation of leaders with the the insight, conviction and courage to move the world ahead.
Each year we recruit and train a diverse corps of our country’s brightest high school graduates and support them through a school-year long immersion in communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America during a “bridge year” before college. Through a mix of experiential learning and world-class training, our Fellows develop self-awareness, global skills and grit — the foundations for success in higher education, and leadership in our global economy.
Since our launch in 2010, we’ve grown our operation ten-fold. Our 700+ alumni are thriving in college and careers, and have been honored as Fulbright Scholars, Davis Peace Prize winners, Gates Millennium Scholars and Teach For America corps members. We have raised $20M in seed capital from a growing roster of funders and partners, and awarded $15M in financial aid to ensure each cohort reflects our nation’s diversity. We’ve built a talented global team, advisory council and board of directors, and our work has been featured in prominent forums from the PBS NewsHour to the Aspen Ideas Festival, and by thought leaders including Katie Couric and Nicholas Kristof.
Beyond our core program is an even bolder vision. Using our model as a proof-of-concept, we’re partnering with colleges, policymakers, and our own alumni to ensure that one day a “global year” becomes a new rite of passage, and the hallmark of an American education. Ultimately, we’re building a new generation of leaders who will advance human progress on a global scale.
Learn more and apply at https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/.