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Eligibility:

2020 high school graduates worldwide

Semester:

Aug 31 - Dec 18, 2020

Tuition:

Sliding Scale from $500 - $7,500

Application Deadlines:

June 30 and July 30, 2020

The Academy Experience

Grace Sander & Luke Field, Global Citizen Year '19, Georgetown University & Claremont McKenna College

Global Citizen Academy is an intensive leadership experience equipping diverse high school graduates with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact.

EXPLORE A TYPICAL WEEK

This is your education on purpose

Global Citizen Academy offers an engaging blend of interactive online learning, workshops with leading innovators, real-world projects, and peer collaboration.

Explore the sample schedule below to get a taste of the exploration, community, and growth that’s possible with Global Citizen Academy.

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TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

MORNING

Global Systems & Society

Explore the complex relationships between human behavior, group dynamics and society.

19 students / 90 minutes

Leadership As A Practice

Build a foundation for living and leading with purpose.

19 students / 60 minutes

Leadership in Action Series

Get inspired by today's most innovative leadres through periodic talks and workshops.

60 minutes

Global Systems & Society

Explore the complex relationships between human behavior, group dynamics and society.

19 students / 90 minutes

Learning Groups & Mentorships

Form deep connections with a small group of global peers and get support from your mentor.

4-5 students / 60 minutes

EXPERIENCE COMPONENTS

Global Systems & Society

90 minute course meets twice a week on Forum with 19 students per class.

What does it mean to be a social being? Why do people commit crimes? How can we feed the world? What prevents individuals and organizations from solving problems effectively? These are just some of the questions we’ll explore in Global Systems & Society. In this course, you’ll learn to examine social interaction through the lens of complex systems theory, which provides a powerful framework for understanding human behavior and group dynamics. Through engaging sessions, case studies, and discussions, we’ll dig into topics including Equality, Conformity, Emergence, and Justice. You’ll learn to recognize how you are embedded within many different complex social systems, and how you can apply your understanding of these systems to improve interactions and society.

Students have the option of receiving 4 college credits for the Global Systems & Society course. Accrediation is through Minerva Schools at KGI and requires an additional $300 fee.

Leadership As A Practice

60 minute course meets once a week on Forum with 19 students per class.

Who are you? What is your purpose? How can you have a positive, responsible, and sustainable impact? These are some of the most important questions for leading effectively and designing a meaningful and fulfilling life. In Leadership As A Practice, we’ll explore these questions in the context of Self, Community, and Impact. Throughout the course, you’ll uncover insights about your identity, worldview, and values. You’ll learn to analyze critical issues in your community and connect them with a broader, global context. And you’ll identify and plan for purposeful ways you can make a positive impact now and in the future. The perfect course for when you (and the world) are in transition, Leadership As A Practice will help you build a foundation for living and leading with purpose.

Leadership In Action Series

Participate in workshops taught by some of today’s most innovative leaders and learn from their insight and expertise. Our growing list of speakers includes:

Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author, fmr. Dean, Stanford University

“You’re going to emerge with a much clearer sense of self. You’re going to arrive on your college campus much better prepared to hit the ground running.”

Seth Godin, Author, Teacher, akimbo.com

“This is your year. Your semester. Your chance to actually learn something and not simply follow the path. This is your chance to do work that matters.”

Priti Krishtel, Co-Executive Director, I-MAK

“Leadership is humility and trusting your own wisdom in consultation with an eclectic ‘kitchen cabinet.’”

  • Andrew Youn, CEO, One Acre Fund
  • Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
  • Bill George, Author & Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School
  • Courtney Martin, Author & Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network & FRESH Speakers Bureau
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author & Fmr. Dean, Stanford University
  • Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Premal Shah, Co-Founder, Kiva.org
  • Priti Krishtel, Co-Executive Director, I-MAK
  • Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School & the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Dr. Selena Sermeno, Psychologist, Educator & Facilitator
  • Seth Godin, Author, Teacher, Akimbo.com
  • Varshini Prakash, Executive Director & Co-founder, Sunrise Movement
  • Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-founder, Teach For All

EXPLORE SPEAKER LIST

Learning Groups & Mentorship

60 minute session meeting once a week on Forum with 4-5 students per learning group.

Learning Groups provide an opportunity to form deep connections with a small group of 4-5 peers from around the world. Each Learning Group is matched with a trained mentor who will provide support to you and your peers, helping you stay on track and in your stretch zone. Learning Groups will meet at least once a week for discussion and reflection, to collaborate on projects, and to support each other in achieving your goals.

Independent Passion Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

Independent time available every afternoon, Friday, and weekend.

If selected for Global Citizen Academy, plan to dedicate 10-15 hours per week to your courses and projects. By design, this allows room for independent exploration of issues and projects you're passionate about.

We’ll help you take what you’re learning and apply it in the real world with meaningful volunteer opportunities. Global Citizen Academy is partnering with impactful organizations across the U.S. and the world. We’ll help you reflect on which of these important issues calls to you, and connect you with opportunities to get involved.

Know an organization that would make a great volunteer placement? Send us your suggestions and a contact person if you have one to info@globalcitizneyear.com.

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Access to Technology

Globally, the ability to connect, learn, and be informed has become more and more dependent on the internet and computers. Increasing access to technology can help to broaden opportunities, and increase socio-economic mobility.

Rujen Amatya

Education

Education is a tool of upward mobility across the globe. Now more than ever, learning takes many forms and happens across multiple platforms. There are many ways to make an impact, such as tutoring kids or translating educational videos!

Nicholas Montano

Environment & Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues in our world today. Leaders across many sectors are finding innovative ways to help protect our planet. There are many ways to get engaged -- from research and data analysis to local farming co-ops.

LGBTQ

Gender Equality & LGBTQ Rights

Sexism and homophobia in the home, workplace, and healthcare are barriers that create inequality for many. Organizations around the world are advocating for change and there are many ways to take a stand including local advocacy and policy research.

Health

Global & Public Health

The current pandemic has dramatically exposed the disparities in healthcare access around the world. Organizations, practitioners, and experts across the globe are working together to improve health outcomes and you can be a part of these efforts.

Black Lives Matter

Racial & Social Justice

Racial inequity has plagued many nations for centuries, contributing to systemic wealth inequality, human rights violations and trauma. Across the world, calls for racial and social justice are sounding louder than ever, and you can be part of this change.

Vote

Voting

Voting is the hallmark of democracy and helps ensure that all voices are represented in government. In the United States, the 2020 election is an opportunity for young people to organize their communities and promote civic engagement.

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EXPERIENCE COMPONENTS CONTINUED

Reflect & Prep

On average 2 hours each Monday - Thursday according to your own schedule.

Reflect & Prep activities will complement and enhance what you learn on the Forum. Activities might include self-reflection, a design-your-life exercise, reading a case study, starting a gratitude journal, or completing a community needs assessment and root cause analysis.

Student-Led Clubs & Events

Opt-in clubs, activities and events organized by students.

We invite you to co-create the Global Citizen Academy experience with us. Got an amazing idea for a club, activity, or event? We want to hear it! With so many aspiring young leaders coming together, we’re excited to see what ideas you have for book clubs, movie nights, affinity groups, and more.

FAQs

How much does this cost?

We are pleased to offer a sliding scale model for Global Citizen Academy with tuition ranging from $500 (deposit only) to $7,500 (full tuition). We ask that you pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

What's the time commitment?

Students should plan for an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. Each week students will engage in:

  • 5 hours on the Active Learning Forum participating in engaging courses with faculty, peers, and cross-sector leaders from across the globe.
  • 10 hours completing pre-work, reflections, and course-related projects, both individually and as a group.

When does the semester start and end?

The inaugural semester will run from August 31 - December 18, 2020.

What's the Forum learning platform like?

Learn more about Minerva’s cutting-edge Forum learning platform here.

How do I apply?

Global Citizen Academy’s online application will open on May 22, 2020. The early admissions deadline is June 30 and the final admissions deadline is July 30. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and you can expect to receive your admissions decision within 2 weeks of applying.

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