In the letter below, Abby Falik (Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO) responds to a recent article from The New York Times.
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
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.
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.
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…
CEO Honored on GOOD Magazine’s List of 100
May 1, 2013
Abby Falik, CEO and Founder of Global Citizen Year, was recently selected as one of the GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, which honors 100 incredible people moving the world forward through “doing.” The worldwide awards program is a project of GOOD, the global community of people who give a damn. Falik is recognized for creating and growing Global Citizen Year to build the next generation of leaders through an immersive bridge year in the developing world.
Created in 2009, the GOOD 100 was designed to identify and honor the catalysts who drive change in their communities in creative and inspiring ways. …
Global Citizen Year to Receive Ashoka-Cordes Innovation Award
February 5, 2013
February 5, 2013 – Ashoka, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs, announced today that Global Citizen Year will receive an award for innovation in higher education.
Global Citizen Year is being recognized for its efforts to transform American education by creating new pathways into college for young leaders from across the socioeconomic spectrum. The award will help advance Global Citizen Year’s vision of a world in which a Bridge Year to college is a common opportunity and an expected step in the education of young leaders.
In 2012, Global Citizen Year launched a groundbreaking…
Grounding Liberal Arts Education in Real-World Experience
February 1, 2013
David Van Zandt — President, The New School
This article was originally posted… in The Huffington Post.
When his peers were doubleparked at their new dormitories and navigating dizzying rounds of freshman orientation, Alan De Leon, a first-year student enrolled at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, was finding his way around rural Brazil — namely the town of Palmerias, where he is spending the year collaborating with local citizens engaged in environmental conservation in this fragile, historically significant region in the southern state of Bahia. De Leon, who hails from South Houston, Texas, is
Happy Holidays from Global Citizen Year
December 18, 2012
Check out our holiday video, made by Emily Hwang (Ecuador Fellow, 2013)!
Alumni Post: Water at the Gate; Water Under the Bridge
November 14, 2012
I sat at the foot of my Senegalese mother’s bed surrounded by people I love so dearly. The room was dead silent, and yet nothing needed to be said. A voice outside of the window announced that the taxi had arrived. I stood up and absently walked towards the gate whose walls contained almost everything that mattered to me. I stopped before it with my eyes locked on the gate, and began to take a step. My Senegalese mother grabbed me by the arm, stopping me from crossing the compound’s boundary. She threw water at the gate, and then released…Read the rest »
Alumni Post: Starting at the Personal
October 12, 2012
The first time I went to Senegal, I brought cargo pants. I was off to live, work, learn, and study in the Dakar region as one of Global Citizen Year’s Founding Fellows. After deciding to take a year off between high school and university, I was ready for something ambiguous and different since school had encapsulated my life for as long as I could remember. After a month of language and culture training in Dakar, I moved to Noflaye, literally translated as “tranquility,” to work with an eco-tourism entity.
The first couple of months anywhere are the hardest. Everything is new – you are…