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2020 high school graduates worldwide


Sept 8 - Dec 18, 2020


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.

Meet Our Impact Partners

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.


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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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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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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 | Voting | 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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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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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.


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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.


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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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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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