On Monday, November 14, leaders from business, education, philanthropy and government convened for the kick-off of the Service Year Alliance, an effort to make a year of national service a new rite of passage for young Americans.
Over the past year, Global Citizen Year has consulted with the Alliance on a set of standards for international service programs, and we were honored to have one of our alumni, JI Cruz, speak at the launch event. JI shared how his Global Citizen Year in Senegal led him to a passion for energy and conservation, helped pay for his college education, and gave him a sense of purpose and agency. Calling his Global Citizen Year “the GPS for [my] education,” JI encouraged the audience to make a meaningful bridge year a part of every high school graduate’s educational journey.
“Because of my Global Citizen Year, I became a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar at American University…My Global Citizen Year paid for college.”