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Eligibility:

2020 high school graduates worldwide

Semester:

Sept 8 - Dec 18, 2020

Tuition:

Sliding Scale from $500 - $7,500

Application Deadline:

August 11

If the $500 deposit is prohibitive you can request to be considered for a Shawn Mendes Foundation Scholarship with demonstrated need.

Impact Partners

Alex Lines, Global Citizen Year '14, Warren Wilson College

Global Citizen Academy is partnering with impactful organizations across the U.S. and the world. We’ll help you reflect on the issues that call to you (think climate change, racial justice, global health, voting, and more), and connect you with opportunities to get involved. We believe the organizations below will provide valuable experiences for Academy students. Please note that these organizations are all separate legal entities, not controlled or overseen by Global Citizen Year.

Meet Our Impact Partners

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. With a focus on research, advocacy and direct action, we work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied.

Social Justice | Global Health

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Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

Social Justice

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Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. They work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Voting

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Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE)

CARE is an international humanitarian organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

Social Justice | Global Health

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March For Our Lives

March For Our Lives, is a youth-led organization that fights against all forms of gun violence. They believe that they are the generation that will end gun violence in America. They started in Parkland, Florida and went on to organize the single largest protest in gun violence history with a historic march on Washington, D.C., joined by 800 sibling marches around the world. Since that day, they have crisscrossed the country, connecting with activists in every state along the way, and are now 300 chapters strong.

Social Justice

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Mtoto News International

Mtoto News is a digital media company that is leveraging on technology to improve the lives of children by making them visible. Their vision is a world where children are seen as players and not as spectators.

Social Justice | Technology

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Oxfam America

Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. They help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters.

Social Justice | Global Health

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Oxfam International

Oxfam is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to beat poverty together. We tackle the inequalities that make and keep people poor. We save and protect lives in times of crisis, work with people to build resilience and rebuild their livelihoods and, because we want lasting solutions, we campaign for genuine, durable change.

Social Justice | Global Health

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Peace First

Peace First is a global youth movement, unleashing young people’s compassionate creativity to counter the rising culture of exclusion, violence, and disconnection that affects us all. They invite young people to identify a critical issue in their community and then put project design tools, caring adult mentors, and small start-up grants into young people’s hands to imagine and implement compassionate solutions to our globe’s most urgent problems.

Education | Social Justice

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School on Wheels

School on Wheels strives to enhance educational opportunities for children who are experiencing homelessness from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Their goal is to shrink the gaps in students’ learning and provide the highest level of education possible. The program serves as a consistent support system for our students during a time of great stress and fear.

Education | Social Justice

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The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by producing groundbreaking research to promote reforms in sentencing policy, address unjust racial disparities and practices, and to advocate for alternatives to incarceration. Get involved helping with research and advocacy projects to reform the criminal justice system.

Education| Social Justice

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Service Year

Service Year Alliance is working to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. A service year before, during, or after college gives young people the chance to transform their lives, make an impact in their community, and become the active citizens and leaders our nation needs. Expanding service years has the power to revitalize cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty.

Education | Environmental | Social Justice

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Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. They amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. During the 2020 election year, we are pushing to make sure climate, racial and economic justice are a priority for our representatives. The Sierra Student Coalition is the youth arm of the Sierra Club. Over the past 30 years we have developed thousands of youth leaders to be organizers and activists leading the fight for climate justice.

Environmental

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Step Up Tutoring

Step Up Tutoring’s mission is to innovate and assemble scalable platforms to provide free online tutoring for students from low-income communities. Our primary mission is to improve academic performance. Our secondary objective is to promote understanding, empathy, and trust among people from different backgrounds and circumstances.

Education

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Sunrise Movement

Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. They’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.

Environmental | Voting | Racial Justice

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Take Action Global

Take Action Global mobilizes teachers and students to take action for the planet and its people through innovation projects and social impact programs connected to social inclusion, environmental justice, and shared humanity. Program collaborators include the United Nations, Jane Goodall Institute, NASA, and WWF with current initiatives supporting refugees, climate action, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Education | Social Justice

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TechGirlz

TechGirlz is a nonprofit that inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. TechGirlz is accomplishing its mission through the creation of free, fun, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students. Their vision is to create a world where girls have a lifelong passion and confidence in their use of technology throughout their careers.

Education | Technology | Gender Equality

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TED Translate

TED is a global media nonprofit dedicated to spreading inspiring ideas about today's most important topics, from science to business to global issues. TED Translators are volunteers who help make these ideas accessible to global audiences by translating and transcribing TED Talks online into 116 languages.

Education

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When We All Vote

When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and through strategic partnerships to reach every American. Launched in 2018 by co-chairs Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, When We All Vote is changing the culture around voting using a data-driven and multifaceted approach to increase participation in elections.

Voting

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Youth Service America (YSA)

Youth Service America believes that young people, communities, and our democracy thrive when we all work together for the common good. YSA is a leading global nonprofit that activates young people, ages 5-25, to find their voice, take action, and acquire powerful civic and 21st Century skills as they solve problems facing their communities.

Environmental | Voting | Social Justice

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FAQs

Can I do this alongside another program/college?

Global Citizen Academy requires a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, intentionally leaving you time to independently pursue other projects, programs, or employment. So long as you can manage the time commitments for both pursuits, Global Citizen Academy can enhance your independent projects, programs or work by providing a meaningful layer of structure, support, and purpose.

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.

How do I apply?

Click on the APPLY button to submit your online application. It should take about one hour to complete. The final date to apply is August 11th.

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