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20 Jan 2017 Update: Unrest in the Gambia

Political unrest in the Gambia is being monitored by Global Citizen Year.  Due to the current threat level, there are no significant programmatic changes in Senegal.  Global Citizen Year will continue to closely monitor and assess the threat and will respond according to information provided by experts in the field, the US Embassy, the Peace Corps, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.   For geography of the region (Senegal and Gambia), see link For news on the situation (1/20/17), see link   The current political unrest in the Gambia is a result of political elections...

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06 Dec 2016 Service Year Alliance

  On Monday, November 14, leaders from business, education, philanthropy and government convened for the kick-off of the Service Year Alliance, an effort to make a year of national service a new rite of passage for young Americans. Over the past year, Global Citizen Year has consulted with the Alliance on a set of standards for international service programs, and we were honored to have one of our alumni, JI Cruz, speak at the launch event. JI shared how his Global Citizen Year in Senegal led him to a passion for...

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14 Oct 2016 A Global Partnership to Build Global Citizens

Janbala, a San Francisco-based online travel startup, has teamed up with Global Citizen Year, a non-profit organization on a mission to build a new generation of globally-aware leaders. Together, the two organizations hope to amplify their shared goal of creating global citizens who are driven by global understanding, real world experience, and a sense of purpose. Driven by the belief that travel should generate positive impact for both the traveler and the communities they visit, Janbala builds on the inspiration derived from its namesake: Jambhala, the practice of cultivating compassion to...

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15 Sep 2016 Pre-Departure Training Highlights

Pre-Departure Training is an intensive boot-camp designed to kick-start the Global Citizen Year. Through interactive workshops led by leading entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and Global Citizen Year staff, this weeklong program inspires our Fellows to embark on their bridge year with context, passion, and purpose.   We've collected some of our favorite quotes and photos from the week. Scroll through the slideshow below for a taste of some of the wisdom and inspiration shared with the 2017 Fellows in the lead up to their departure. [layerslider id="6"] Global Citizen Year’s application for the 2017-18 cohort is now...

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25 Jul 2016 Global Citizen Year Welcomes Largest Cohort in Program History as “Bridge Year” Movement Gains Momentum

Organization making a global bridge year a new rite of passage in American education welcomes 114 Fellows this summer.   Global Citizen Year, a non-profit social enterprise reimagining the “gap year” as a purposeful “bridge year” for emerging leaders, announced Monday that its eighth cohort of Fellows will be its largest to date: 114 outstanding young leaders selected from across the country and world.   The new Fellows, who will descend on the Bay Area in late August for training at Stanford University, hail from 26 states and 18 countries, and will spend the...

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20 Jun 2016 Zika Virus Information

The threat of the Zika virus, as well as other mosquito borne and non-mosquito borne illnesses in Brazil, Ecuador, India, and Senegal continue to be monitored by Global Citizen Year.   Regarding the Zika virus, at this point, there will be no programmatic changes in our operating countries due to the level of risk.  Global Citizen Year will continue to closely assess the spread of the virus and will respond according to information provided by medical experts, including the CDC and the WHO, as well as our in-country insurance provider and...

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27 Apr 2016 Ecuador Earthquake Information

The 7.8 earthquake that occurred on Saturday, April 16, 2016 was centered on the coast in the province of Manabi, 200 km from Quito in Ecuador.  This earthquake is the most devastating in decades and has contributed to a death toll of over 600.  Since the earthquake, many aftershocks, upwards of 6.2 magnitude have also been felt.  This natural disaster will impact the country and its people for years to come. We are relieved to report that are in-country field staff and partners are safe.    Global Citizen Year operates namely...

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