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Go West, Young People! And East! (New York Times)
March 18, 2014

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of my 2014 “win-a-trip” contest is …
Oh, hang on. Maybe I should first exhort students to travel on their own — and cite Utah.
Utah may well be the most cosmopolitan state in America. Vast numbers of young Mormons — increasingly women as well as men — spend a couple of years abroad as missionaries and return jabbering in Thai or Portuguese and bearing a wealth of international experience.
More than 130 languages are spoken… daily in commerce in Utah, according to the University of Utah, and that’s one reason

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Tufts University Offers Financial Aid for Students’ Year Off (New York Times)
March 15, 2014

BOSTON — Tufts University will launch a program next autumn to help cash-strapped students take a year off to travel and perform public service before starting their undergraduate classes.
The program puts Massachusetts-based Tufts among a handful of American colleges offering to pay for a ‘gap year’ to explore the world and absorb different cultures after high school, a tradition that is more common in Europe.
“The idea behind the program is to give incoming students a transformational experience that will inform the next four years of their education,” said Alan D. Solomont, dean of Tufts’ Tisch College of Citizenship…

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Seeing Value in ‘Gap Years,’ Tufts University Offers to Pay (Newsweek)
March 15, 2014

By Zach Schonfeld

Filed Under: EducationColleges and UniversitiesGap YearsTufts University

When Gregory Kristoff graduated high school in 2010, he opted not to start college immediately. Instead, he spent the better part of a year… studying Chinese in Beijing and then Dalian, China. Then he went to Peru — and then, after a full year of such gallivanting, he began his freshman year at Harvard.
It’s probably not a coincidence that his father, the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, is a particularly vocal proponent of what are commonly called gap years, having written several columns encouraging the

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Tufts Announces Groundbreaking “1+4″ Program
February 19, 2014

While most of her high school classmates from suburban Evanston, Ill., were settling in at college, Lydia Collins, A17, was navigating her way through the Ecuadoran market city of Ibarra, adapting to a different language and a new culture. As a volunteer for Global Citizen Year, she worked for a microfinance organization—one that started a credit union for women—and taught English. She left with perspectives that have enriched her own education.…

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Happy Holidays, from Global Citizen Year
December 30, 2013

At Global Citizen Year, the end of the year is a time for reflection and gratitude. To express our appreciation, we’ve asked our Fellows what they’re thankful for this holiday season.
Video made by Emily Hwang, Ecuador ’13 Alumna.…

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December 19, 2013

Learning from the Global Citizen Year Google+ Hangout
On Thursday, December 5th, Global Citizen Year hosted a national online conversation about the value and opportunity of taking a bridge year after high school. Covering topics ranging from different program models to colleges perspectives on the bridge year, this conversation gave viewers critical insights as they considered bridge years of their own.
The conversation featured experts in the space, including:

Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year Founder & CEO
Gregory Kristof, bridge year alumnus, son of Pulitzer-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, and Harvard Junior
Jean Fan…, current bridge year student and

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Letter to the Editor: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College
October 23, 2013

In the letter below, Abby Falik (Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO) responds to a recent article from The New York Times.  

Dear Editors:
In Bridging the Gap between High School and College at a Price… (October 5th, 2013), Alina Tugend highlights an emerging trend in America which has long been a cultural expectation in other parts of the world – taking a year after high school to gain real world experience.  While Tugend emphasizes the hefty price tags often associated with ‘gap year’ programs, she falls short in highlighting the benefits of such experiences – or, for many, the

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Global Citizen Year and Dickinson College Partner on Public Service Fellowship
September 3, 2013

August 20, 2013 –Dickinson College and Global Citizen Year launched a partnership this past year to provide an innovative approach to college affordability. Global Citizen Year is proud to announce our first fellow to be selected for this opportunity – Aden Gilmour.
Dickinson College partners with Global Citizen Year because it recognizes the tremendous positive impact a structured global bridge year can have on a student.
Through this partnership, Fellows who complete a Global Citizen Year prior to matriculating at Dickinson will be eligible for up to $10,000 in tuition credits through the school’s unique Public Service Fellows… program.

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Global Citizen Year Leverages Rosetta Stone to Drive Language Proficiency
June 26, 2013

Leadership Development Organization Provides ‘Fellows’ with Acclaimed Language-Learning Solutions
June 26, 2013 – Global Citizen Year announced today that its new class of fellows will receive access to award-winning Rosetta Stone language-learning solutions. Rosetta Stone is recognized worldwide as a leading provider of technology-based solutions for language acquisition. As Global Citizen Year Fellows across the U.S. prepare for their intensive year of leadership training and cross-cultural immersion in Ecuador, Brazil or Senegal, they now have the opportunity to benefit from online access to Rosetta Stone as an aid to help them learn or improve their Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

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June 1, 2013

April 24, 2013– Global Citizen Year announced today that the Arnhold Foundation has made a $1.25 million commitment to advance its mission to build the next generation of global leaders through an immersive bridge year in the developing world.
“Global Citizen Year is building a movement to ensure that America’s future leaders have the empathy and cross-cultural understanding required in today’s complex, global world. ” said John Arnhold, of the Arnhold Foundation. “The organization has made tremendous progress in its short history, and has now developed a compelling blueprint to transform education in America and so many lives along the…

Echoing the Call to Service
May 31, 2013

On May 30, 2013 the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by General Stanley McChrystal entitled “Lincoln’s Call to Service – and Ours.”  Gen. McChrystal makes an inspiring – and compelling – argument for how a year of service can become a common opportunity and an expected step in the formation of young Americans.
General McChrystal places a special emphasis on the choices made by 18 year olds as they are graduating secondary school and considering their next steps.  What if every 18 year old received an email inviting them to serve, and access to a database of a broad…

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