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
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…
Sydni Heron treated machete wounds and helped deliver a baby at a small-town clinic in Ecuador following her graduation from Ames High School in Iowa.
Now, she’s headed to college to study nursing.
Heron, 19, took what in the U.S. remains an unconventional route to college by delaying enrollment one year to work and gain life experience, a concept known as a gap year.
Living in a foreign land where she did not speak the language helped her develop a new-found confidence, she said.
“I’m better able to think for myself,” Heron said. “I didn’t even know there was another…
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…