Preparing The Next Generation Of Leaders To Move The World Ahead
Global Citizen Year is launching a generation of leaders with the perspectives, skills and networks to solve humanity’s most urgent challenges.
Each year we recruit a diverse corps of talented young people from across the globe. Using the formative transition into adulthood, we help them shape their values, identity, and purpose in ways that classroom learning alone cannot. Through our virtual Academy and immersive Fellowship, we combine curriculum, coaching and lived experience to help our students develop the REAL power skills of the 21st century: resilience, empathy, agency, and leadership. Ultimately — in partnership with colleges, companies, and communities — we are unleashing a critical mass to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.
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Join a growing network of over 700 educators across the globe who are helping us identify exceptional students for our transformative leadership programs.
Share our leadership programs with a student! The nomination is completely non-binding – it’s completely up to the student whether they choose to apply and, if accepted, whether they decide to enroll in the program. Once you nominate a student, we’ll follow up to share more information about our programs and help them figure out if Global Citizen Year is a good fit for them!
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OUR COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCESS
As a non-profit committed to advancing equity and opportunity for all, we are dedicated to making this experience available to the highest potential young leaders we can find, independent of their family’s financial circumstance. To date, more than 80% of our students have received need-based financial aid.
We are dedicated to making Global Citizen Year accessible to talented young leaders from all backgrounds. We also know that people from the global south and people who identify as BIPOC are underrepresented in positions of leadership and disproportionately impacted by income inequality. Therefore, our scholarships target individuals without the means to afford Global Citizen Year, with a need- and demographically-aware philosophy to ensure that we are giving access to traditionally underserved groups.
Hear from our supporters
Rebecca Warren, Head of Educational Development UWC International
“Many students from UWC (United World Colleges) choose Global Citizen Year as an aligned and enriching next step before college. Coming from all around the world, the attention to equity is really important to our students and to our organization, and we appreciate the care that GCY takes in preparing and mentoring young people as learners within meaningful placements. We witness tangible growth in maturity and their ability to face challenges. Perhaps, more importantly, we see our students acquire a deep place-based understanding of both local and global sustainability issues, guided by GCY, through their reflections on the relationships they develop and the experiences they have.”
Eric Lombardi, Head of Fort Worth County Day School
“As a school proud of sending 100% of our graduates to college, we are also thrilled to have Global Citizen Year as an option we present to those students who know that they need something different and who want to make a difference in that year after they graduate. We were particularly pleased to find their commitment to scholarship dollars. In our search for the best options for our graduates, Global Citizen Year quickly went to the top of the list.”
Rick Shaw, Stanford University Dean of Admissions
“We find the kids who come back from a year off are often wiser, they’re more mature, and have a different perspective than those who might have gone straight to college.”
Ivy Shamis, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher
“Several of our students are taking advantage of being immersed in an global gap year before college and they are making the memories of a lifetime. These students experience being part of a global community, leading to interconnected world leadership that will shape their values, beliefs and perspectives. This program gives them insight to how the world cooperates and a sense of responsibility to help keep our world free from hate, conflicts, poverty and pollution and instead filled with diversity, equality, opportunity and love.”
STUDENT OUTCOMES & IMPACT
Since 2010, we have trained more than 1,500 emerging leaders from 45+ states and 100+ countries, and applications to our program are increasing each year.
Global Citizen Year alumni are highly engaged in their education because they are connected to their purpose. They are going to college with the perspectives, skills and mindsets that enable them to make the most of their undergraduate experience.
Upon graduation, they are finding meaningful careers that directly align with the personal mission they discovered on their Global Citizen Year.
View our Alumni Outcomes Report
91% become proficient in a new language
The vast majority of Fellows placed in Brazil, Senegal, and Ecuador return proficient in a new language.
Tesla, JP Morgan, United Nations, TFA
After college, alumni are finding meaningful work with cross-sector organizations and 85% believe their work makes a difference in the lives of others.
Graduate college one year faster
Our alumni are graduating from college one year faster than the national average.
Fulbright, Rhodes & Gates Scholars
Distinguished by their Global Citizen Year, alumni achieve competitive grants and fellowships.