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15 Feb 2017 An Open Letter from Social Entrepreneurs to President Trump

We stand proudly with over 400 fellow Social Entrepreneurs, asking the President to abandon his #MuslimBan.  Muslims are our coworkers, teachers, caregivers, neighbors, friends.  Discrimination hurts our democracy and our ability to handle the nation and the world's biggest problems. Creativity is at its height when borders are open, ideas are free flowing and opportunity is available to all.    We invite leaders in the social entrepreneurship space to add their names to this letter in response to the ban on immigration in the US. Founders, Co-Founders, CEOs, Executive Directors, Presidents only please. Sign...

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07 Feb 2017 What we believe

Dear Global Citizen Year family, I’m reaching out in response to the many changes we are seeing in Washington that are further dividing our country. Many are pleased and encouraged, while others feel fearful and discouraged. In the midst of it all, I feel compelled to reiterate the values that drive us and our work at Global Citizen Year - values that transcend politics, and feel particularly critical now. Earlier this week I shared this perspective in The New York Times: “It’s more important than ever that our young people develop the global...

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20 Jan 2017 Update: Unrest in the Gambia

Update: January 24, 2017   The current political and societal situation in the Gambia and subsequently in Senegal is calm and peaceful.  Adama Barrow has assumed the Presidential position in the Gambia after a peaceful exchange of power with Yahya Jammeh who has exited the Gambia as planned and is now residing in Guinea.     Global Citizen Year programming will continue operating as normal in Senegal.  As with all risks in-country, Global Citizen Year will continuously monitor the threats to Fellow health and safety and adjust management as necessary.      Original Post: January...

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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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