From Our Founder
When I finished high school I was determined to find an experience that would shape my values, identity and sense of purpose before setting foot on a college campus. I’d been a good student, checked the boxes, and gotten into Stanford. But I knew in my gut, something was missing: I’d let school interfere with my real education.
Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with the historic opportunity to create a new -- and better -- cultural template for the transition into adulthood.
There’s a developmental magic in the moment when a young person has the maturity to leave home but hasn’t yet fixed their values or identity. But in today’s world, high-achieving students hustle toward an abstract finish line; they're discouraged from stepping off the treadmill -- let alone adjusting the incline or speed.
Since 2010, Global Citizen Year has helped over 1,500 exceptional young people find their purpose, their people and their power to change the world. We’re changing the who and how of our next generation leaders in order to create a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.
Today we have a world-class team, a stellar track-record, and a dynamic (and growing!) community of alumni, partners and donors worldwide. Together we’re building the world’s launch pad for changemakers -- equipping leaders who reflect society’s diversity and are equipped to change the world, for good.
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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!
Download our Alumni Outcomes Report
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