Global Citizen Year Fellows Making Headlines

As we gear up for this year’s Fall Training, held August 19-29 at Stanford University, we have been thrilled to watch our 2013 Fellows charge through the Summer Campaign in preparation for the year ahead.  We’ve been following along closely as they continue to build support in their hometowns, in part by atrtracting the attention of local media for their outstanding efforts in fundraising.  Our Fellows have come up with dozens of creative and innovative ideas to stir up interest in their communities – including flea markets, group dinners, and even Zumba classes – where they have the chance to tell their story before they leave.  Among the most innovative approaches:

  • Mary Kate Mueller organized a Fundraising Festival Extraordinaire in her own backyard to raise money for her year in Brazil while providing supporters with entertainment, food, and a flea market.
  • Carrie Hamilton is participating in Global Citizen Year as a part of UNC’s second year Campus Y program, which promotes a bridge year among incoming students.
  • Sammy Gachagua is working with Hello Somebody to sell watches to help fundraise for his Global Citizen Year in Ecuador.
We’re also proud to have two exceptional members of the non-profit organization buildOn joining our cohort this year.  The organization ran great profiles of both Kimberly Reed-Hyman and Madelaine Guss earlier this summer, highlighting their next steps as Global Citizen Year Fellows.  Says buildOn,

“This week we’re profiling two exceptional buildOn Philadelphia members who were accepted by…Global Citizen Year.  Kimberly is the heart of buildOn Philadelphia because she is genuinely kind and open with people.  Maddie is a huge part of the reason why buildOn at Lower Merion has become so successful.”

While each of our 2013 Fellows is looking ahead to the upcoming year, we also have plenty of 2012 Fellows who are reflecting on their time in their respective countries, and how it has shaped their views as global citizens.

  • Lucy Blumberg returned from Senegal with a whole new outlook on what it means to change the world.
  • Nic Freschi returned from his year in Ecuador and shared his experience with those back home through stories and pictures.
  • Several 2012 Fellows have reflected on one of their required readings, The Blue Sweater, and shared their thoughts with our friends over at the Acumen Fund.

We can’t wait to dive into a brand new year and watch as our 2013 Fellows take this giant step forward in their lives as global citizens.  Good luck to the entire class of 2013 in finishing your Summer Campaigns, and we’ll see you on August 19th!


Photo courtesy of buildOn