As the global bridge year movement gains traction in the U.S., we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in expanding access to bridge year opportunities for more – and more diverse – high school graduates each year.

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Time Out: The Value Of A Gap Year (Forbes)
Published on 04/09/2014 in Forbes

After 13 years, 117 months and approximately 2,350 days of continuous school, Lindsay felt she needed a break. Instead of heading directly for her freshman year at a prestigious upstate New York college, she decided to take a gap year and packed her bags for India. There, she learned Tamil while helping to bring solar power to impoverished communities in the Pondicherry District.
A gap year, which is that period of time between completing high school and beginning college or between college graduation and the start of a graduate school program, has long been common in Britain (even Prince William…

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‘Global Citizen’ Gap Year Program Leads To More Success In College (HuffPost Live)
Published on 03/31/2014 in Huffington Post

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory.

“My values have shifted,” she recalled to HuffPost Live’s Jordan Freeman… of her year living in a 2,000-person village in Senegal. “My interests have shifted, and during my experience through working through apprenticeships, I realized my passions, I found out what I was really interested in and what I really wanted to pursue.”
Shifting gears before making the transition into college gave Lee a better perspective on what she truly wanted out of life.
“It’s really

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Global Citizen Year in Town and Country

“Give and Go” in Town and Country
Published on 04/01/2014 in Town & Country

What Global Citizen Year offers requires more than travel.  Participants spend a year with a family in a rural area of Africa or Latin America. The program is designed for students as a bridge year between high school and college. Those who are accepted must raise $2,500 from commitments in their own community, and then after an eight-day boot camp at California’s Occidental College and Stanford University, live for nine months with a host family while working on local initiatives such as digital literacy, health clinics, and agricultural projects.
Global Citizen Year in Town and Country…

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Go West, Young People! And East! (New York Times)
Published on 03/15/2014 in The New York Times

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)
Published on 03/14/2014 in New York Times

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)
Published on 03/14/2014 in Newsweek

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
Published on 02/19/2014 in TuftsNow

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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USA Today Features Global Citizen Year Alumni in Article on Bridge Year Gains
Published on 05/07/2013 in USA Today

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…

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Forbes Feature: 3 Ways Colleges Can Build a Bridge for Future Leaders
Published on 03/26/2013 in Forbes Magazine

The 21st century poses looming challenges that will surely tax the talents of our future leaders across business, government and civil society. And since the quality of tomorrow’s leadership is tied to the quality of today’s education system, there is good reason for concern.

Graduating high schoolers are entering college underprepared, or so over-prepared by the high-pressure race to “get in” that they’re burned out by the time they step foot on campus.
Families, burdened by the high price of college, are questioning their return on investment.
Colleges and universities are faced with very real concerns about drop-out rates—which are…

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New York Times Features Groundbreaking College Partnership
Published on 09/12/2012 in The New York Times: The Choice

Sometimes, after a hectic high school experience overshadowed by a competitive — or perhaps, disappointing — college admissions process, seniors just need a break.
The idea of a gap year… between high school and college could be tempting to students who are not ready to transition to the next level of education. And there are many ways to fill the deferred freshman year. You could travel. Get a job. Pursue a passion that has nothing to do with your professional or academic aspirations. You could breathe.
What’s to stop a student from taking such a hiatus? Society, for one. In

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Front Page Feature: Global Citizen Year in the SF Chronicle
Published on 09/04/2012 in San Francisco Chronicle

Lucy Blumberg was the classic Lowell High School student.
The San Francisco teen strove for straight A’s and fell short by one B – in driver’s education - and was accepted into the prestigious Northwestern University, her first step to becoming a doctor.
But by the time the college acceptance letter arrived in the mailbox, Blumberg realized she was burned out.
She still wanted to go to college, but not yet.
So Blumberg joined a growing number of American teens taking a yearlong break from homework, midterms and textbooks and headed to West Africa to work in health clinics.

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