From Our CEO
Since 2010, our mission has been to help exceptional young people find their purpose, their people and their power to create positive change in the world.
We’re reimagining the formative transition into adulthood by ensuring the next generation is prepared to build a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.
In our first ten years, our immersive Fellowship served over 1000 extraordinary young people to become active and engaged global citizens.
At the onset of the pandemic, we paused our Fellowship and pivoted to launch The Academy — an accessible, virtual offering that served nearly 1500 young people during an unprecedented era.
Today, we are proud to introduce a new immersion experience abroad, the Take Action Lab. Designed by a global team with young people’s voices at the forefront, this innovative new program brings together the very best of the Fellowship and Academy.
Starting in 2023, Take Action Lab students will gain lifelong skills during an immersive semester in South Africa. With a diverse cohort of like-minded peers from around the world, students will apprentice at human rights organizations and learn how to tackle global issues from the ground up.
Throughout this journey, we remain immensely grateful to our team, our allies and supporters, and to our students. Together we’re launching a critical mass of young people ready to change the world, for good.
With gratitude and determination,
BY THE NUMBERS
of Global Citizen Year students are from low income backgrounds
of gap year participants nationally
of Global Citizen Year students are students of color
of gap year participants nationally
of all Global Citizen Year students receive need-based financial aid
of all Global Citizen Year students receive full financial aid
A Transformative Experience
Emotionally prepared for college
Have clear goals for college
Alumni have the insights and agency to make the most of college
say their Global Citizen Year has been instrumental in shaping their college experience
say their Global Citizen Year increased their self-confidence
say their Global Citizen Year helped them develop the agency to make the most of college
of Fellows placed in Brazil, Ecuador or Senegal return proficient in a second language
Apply Cross-cultural Skills
Alumni use curiosity and empathy to work effectively across lines of difference
are able to see the world from someone else’s perspective
are able to work cooperatively with diverse groups
have tolerance for others with different beliefs
Become Engaged Citizens
Alumni demonstrate the courage to stand up for their beliefs
believe it is ‘very important’ or ‘essential’ to challenge inequity in all its forms
have challeged others on issues of discrimination during the past year
recognize the biases that affect their own thinking
Lead with Purpose
Alumni are aligning their work with their convictions
believe their Global Citizen Year made them more aware of their strengths and weaknesses as a leader
believe their Global Citizen Year helped them develop a clearer sense of purpose
believe their Global Citizen Year influenced the career path they chose to pursue
A Lifetime of Impact
Alumni are leading lives that change the world
Our alumni are thriving in colleges and careers in over 60 countries. They’re being honored with prestigious awards and recognition and are working for influential organizations and companies. Global Citizen Year alumni are already having an outsized impact on society; and they’re just getting started!
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Marking a decade of impact, our Alumni Outcomes Report shows how our programs are equipping students with a sense of purpose, a global perspective, and the agency to take ownership of their education.Download Now