Global Citizen Year Announces Grant from Raikes Foundation

Global Citizen Year, a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders, is thrilled to announce a new grant from the Raikes Foundation to expand the reach and impact of its programs in the coming years. The Raikes Foundation is a leader in infusing learning mindsets and skills into classroom and out-of-school settings to help students unlock their potential.

The Raikes Foundation’s generous three-year commitment supports Global Citizen Year’s Catalyst Fund, which fuels the following goals by 2018:

  • Build the Market: Partner with leading high schools and universities to dramatically increase the number of students choosing a meaningful bridge year before college.
  • Prepare our Program for Scale: Develop  scalable partnerships and a pipeline of new countries for expansion
  • Strengthen the Financial Engine: Decrease our reliance on philanthropy by covering an increasing portion of program costs through earned revenue.


“The Raikes Foundation is thrilled to support the efforts of Global Citizen Year,” said Lindsay Hill, Program Officer for Education at the Raikes Foundation. “We know that the transition to college is a critical time, particularly for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Global Citizen Year provides a diverse range of students with a critical bridge year that allows them to enter college more confident, self-aware, and committed to improving our world.”

In addition to providing generous financial support, the Raikes Foundation will help inform and strengthen Global Citizen Year’s unique approach to teaching and learning. “The Raikes Foundation is pioneering new ways of thinking about 21st Century education,” said Abigail Falik, Founder/CEO of Global Citizen Year. “We share the belief that transformative learning happens in many environments, and we are thrilled to welcome the Raikes Foundation as a partner in making a meaningful global bridge year before college a new rite of passage in American education.”


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