A Message from our Board Chair
As Global Citizen Year’s board chair, and the proud father of a Global Citizen Year Alumna, I’m writing today with some exciting news. Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO, Abby Falik, was recently selected as an Ashoka Fellow. This honor is one of the preeminent awards given to leading social entrepreneurs who have pioneered innovative solutions to social problems that have the potential to make significant positive changes in society.
In just five years, Abby’s passion, tenacity and entrepreneurial savvy have built Global Citizen Year into a thriving organization. Today we have 350+ alumni from over 40 states attending over 100 universities.
Beyond the organization, Abby’s vision and leadership are helping to shape a national conversation about high school graduates’ path to higher education. Leading institutions – from Tufts University to The New School to United World College – count us as a strategic partner in creating meaningful bridge years between high school and college. Combined with major commitments from thoughtful funding partners such as the Ford Foundation and Shelby Davis we know this is just the beginning of what’s to come.
We’ve long known that Abby is a force for positive change in the world, and we are incredibly fortunate to have her leading our organization and a broader movement to rethink the way we prepare our youth for the future. I am very proud of what Abby and her team have accomplished in such a short time and wanted to send a personal message to share this milestone with you. Your on-going support will be critical in catalyzing our future growth and impact and I thank you for being a part of this important work.