Find your purpose
and your power to . . .

Make an impact

Global Citizen Year is launching the generation of leaders our world needs now.

What is a global citizen year?

Today’s education system shuttles kids from high school to college without opportunities to reflect on who they are, what the world needs, and how to build a meaningful life.

A Global Citizen Year re-imagines the transition into adulthood as what it has the potential to be: a transformation. Students find their Global Citizen Years life-changing, parents say they’re priceless, and top colleges call them preferable.

The Future Is
Up To You

Global Citizen Year offers two experiences designed to launch the leaders our world needs now. Both programs select talented students who represent society’s diversity and equip them with the empathy, agency and global network to drive impact today -- and over the course of their lives.

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Why Global Citizen Year?

The world needs a new generation of leaders who represent society’s diversity and bring curiosity, conviction and courage to overcoming our shared global challenges.

Global Citizen Year is the only program that recruits and selects the most promising future leaders (independent of financial circumstances) and helps them to develop the insights, skills, and networks needed to drive social impact over the course of their lives.

Transformative Leadership Training

We believe leadership is a practice, not a position. Focusing exclusively on the formative transition into adulthood, our experiences help young people identify their power, pursue their purpose and reach their fullest potential.

Personalized Mentorship

People become people through people. Our talented crew of educators and innovators walk the walk -- aligning our lives with our convictions, and inspiring our students to do the same. Additionally, with 100+ diverse mentors available for one-on-one support, students learn self-awareness, accountability and agency: the foundations for a reflective and purposeful life.

Unparalleled Global Network

Together, we go farther. With an alumni community of 1,200 and growing, the Global Citizen Year network is a lifelong source of inspiration, opportunity, and support. Our alumni are in colleges and careers in over 60 countries where they’re already having an outsized impact on society; and they’re just getting started!

Learning Beyond the Classroom

School shouldn't interfere with your education. Rather than limiting learning to the classroom, we take real-world experience and enrich it with a wrap-around of curriculum, coaching and a cohort. Our experiences are designed to build the true power skills of the 21st century, and our evidence shows we’re shaping values, perspectives and skills in ways classroom learning cannot.

Commitment to Equity & Inclusion

Talent is universal, but opportunity is not. We’re deliberately structured as a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit with social and racial justice - not profit - as our bottom line. We cast a wide net for talent and are proud to offer an admissions process that doesn’t rely on test scores, grades or a family’s financial circumstances. We give more financial aid than all other “gap year programs” combined (>$25 million since 2010) and 80% of students receive need-based financial aid to join us. By investing in promising young people who reflect our society’s diversity we’re changing the composition - and operating system - of our future leaders.

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Timia Pratt, India '16, Occidental College

Timia (India '16) got the independence and support that set her up for college success.

"India is such a world away from what I knew. My love for learning has been revitalized. I've come into my own."

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Camila (Academy ‘20) connected with a global community of peers and grew her self-knowledge and leadership skills.

“Joining the Academy was my best decision! The community of changemakers makes my days so much better.”

See Camila's Story