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10 Jun 2015 Global Citizen Year alumna to share digital storytelling project at TEDxUCLA

BY ANDREA HENTHORN Originally published in the Daily Bruin Before Joan Hanawi left Ecuador for California, her host sister said she thought Hanawi would soon forget her time in Ecuador. But her host family realized her genuine intention to help the people in Tena, Ecuador, after she returned last summer for the third time. Hanawi, a third-year international development studies and geography/environmental studies student, will be the one of two undergraduate students to speak at TEDxUCLA on Saturday. She will discuss the digital storytelling project she launched after working to improve sustainability abroad by...

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10 Jun 2015 Global Citizen Year launches in India through a partnership with Teach For India

Global Citizen Year, a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders, is excited to announce the launch of its new program in India. Global Citizen Year’s first expansion into Asia marks the beginning the organization’s next stage of growth. Beginning in the fall of 2015, Global Citizen Year Fellows will work as teaching assistants in low-income schools in India through an innovative partnership with Teach For India, a member of the Teach For All global network for expanding educational opportunity. “We are thrilled to partner with Global...

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12 Dec 2014 Abby Falik Selected as Ashoka Fellow

A Message from our Board Chair As Global Citizen Year’s board chair, and the proud father of a Global Citizen Year Alumna, I’m writing today with some exciting news. Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO, Abby Falik, was recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow. This honor is one of the preeminent awards given to leading social entrepreneurs who have pioneered innovative solutions to social problems that have the potential to make significant positive changes in society. In just five years, Abby’s passion, tenacity and entrepreneurial savvy have built Global Citizen Year into a thriving...

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30 Sep 2014 $1 Million commitment from philanthropist Shelby Davis expands Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund

September 30, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHILANTHROPIST SHELBY DAVIS $1 MILLION COMMITMENT EXPANDS GLOBAL CITIZEN YEAR SCHOLARSHIP FUND Oakland, California – Global Citizen Year (globalcy.wpengine.com), a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for emerging leaders, is pleased to announce a new gift from philanthropist Shelby Davis that provides $1 Million to the Global Citizen Year Scholarship Fund. The multi-year investment will enable 40 graduates of the United World Colleges, a system of international high schools working to create a more peaceful and sustainable future, to participate in Global Citizen Year’s unique, pre-college...

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26 Aug 2014 Global Citizen Year Announces Grant Award from Ford Foundation

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 (globalcy.wpengine.com), 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...

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17 Jul 2014 A New Perspective (Huffington Post Blog)

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...

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27 Jun 2014 Why Won’t Anyone Kiss Me? (Huffington Post Blog)

by Joan Hanawi When I returned to the US from Ecuador, I didn't understand why no one wanted to kiss me. I was dumbfounded at the realization that my native United States felt like a foreign land upon return from spending time abroad. To me, the best part about traveling has always been experiencing a small slice of someone else's life and sometimes, if you're lucky, you even get to take a little bit of that lifestyle home with you. But I had taken a different lifestyle home with me and found...

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