August 26, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW FORD FOUNDATION GRANT ADVANCES GLOBAL CITIZEN YEAR’S MISSION TO BUILD A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS THROUGH A TRANSFORMATIVE BRIDGE YEAR BEFORE COLLEGE.
Oakland, California – Global Citizen Year (globalcitizenyear.org), a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders, is pleased to announce a new grant from the Ford Foundation to expand the reach and impact of its programs in the coming years. Multi-year support from the Ford Foundation helps catalyze an ambitious 5-year growth plan which will expand Global Citizen Year’s core program tenfold while changing the national conversation…
A New Perspective (Huffington Post Blog)
July 17, 2014
A week after returning from my eight-month stay in Ecuador, I found myself on Stanford’s campus for the “Admitted Students Weekend.” There I was, wearing my alpaca sweater, my mismatched earrings, and what someone called “cultural necklace” amidst the crowd of over 1,000 newly admitted Stanford students.
We were all gathered to explore the campus and envision the next four years there. I was brimming with excitement: to talk to my future classmates, to map out my academic track as an Earth Systems major, to discuss poverty, foreign aid, environmentalism…I was so excited, until I found myself standing in the…
On June 3rd, two of our NYC donors, John and Jody Arnhold, hosted a lively gathering in support of Global Citizen Year. Our inspiring Alumni speakers, Aitran Doan, Russell Bollagg-Miller, and Kirin Gupta shared their personal stories, reminding us all of the transformative power of a Global Citizen Year. Check out the photos below!
Created with flickr slideshow….Read the rest »
Abby Falik selected as one of the 10 Young Women to Watch for in 2014 (The Story Exchange)
May 20, 2014
When Abigail Falik graduated from high school, she dreamed of joining the Peace Corps but got the standard response: “Go to college first.”
Frustrated but determined, Falik cobbled together a trip to Nicaragua, where she lived with a family in a rural community and learned to make tortillas by hand. She worked in the fields, taught English at a local school and helped build a library. The experience, she says, was so profound that ever since she has been committed to answering the question: “How can we create opportunities for
Global Citizen Year Alum, Grace Bachmann (Senegal, 2013) presented a TEDx talk on “Braving Bridges”… at Denison University. She also received funding from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative to return to Senegal and work on a waste management system.
GRANVILLE, Ohio—This summer, Denison University student Grace Bachmann will travel to a village in Senegal to establish a solid-waste management system. Bachmann will be funded for her work through the Davis Projects for Peace initiative, which funds 100 college students each year to design and implement projects that will help build peace across the world.
A first-year student from Worthington,Read the rest »
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…
By Zach Schonfeld
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
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.…Read the rest »
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.…
Google+ Hangout On Air
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:
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