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Global Citizen Year receives breakthrough $12M investment from MacKenzie Scott

2021-10-18

October 19, 2021   OAKLAND, CA: Today, Global Citizen Year announced a $12M grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, the largest gift in the organization’s history. The organization will use this gift to kick off the New Leaders Fund, a $50M campaign to launch a critical mass of diverse leaders worldwide who are equipped...

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We can’t just go “back” to school; we must reinvent it

2021-09-14

By Abby Falik Social Entrepreneur | Founder/CEO Global Citizen Year Published September 14, 2021 on LinkedIn   Across the country, high schools and colleges are working mightily to safely open their doors and get “back to normal.”    But shame on us if we aspire only to “normal.”  In-person, remote, or hybrid—at its core, our...

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These 2 Pandemic-Era Models Aren’t Going Away

2021-06-02

I’m Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle covering innovation in and around academe. Here’s what I’m thinking about this week. How 2 efforts that emerged during the pandemic are changing with the times. Of the many things upended by Covid-19, certainly work-based learning and study abroad were disrupted. Two projects I wrote about in the...

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Update on 2021-2022 Global Citizen Year Fellowship

2020-12-16

UPDATE: March 2021 After careful consideration, we announce that we will not operate our Fellowship in the 2021-2022 academic year.   Again this month, we analyzed the data to assess the viability of running our global Fellowship beginning in January 2022. Despite promising signs in some parts of the world and increasing access to vaccines in...

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PODCAST INTERVIEW: Abby Falik on Global Citizen Year’s Pandemic Pivot

2020-12-03

What do you do when you run a program that has hundreds of young adults spread across the world for an intentional gap year, and a global pandemic strikes? The only thing you can do: stage an emergency evacuation to bring every kid that’s abroad back home, ASAP. And that’s exactly what Abby Falik, Founder...

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Announcing new partnership with Schmidt Futures to Launch “Rise” Program

2020-11-18

Over the last year, we’ve worked closely with the team at Schmidt Futures to inform the design and launch of their new initiative to unlock youth talent globally. Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, is the anchor program of the  Schmidt Futures’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support global...

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How We Built This: Launching Global Citizen Academy

2020-09-09

In April I faced one of the hardest leadership decisions of my life. Amidst a surging pandemic, our team made the difficult call to suspend our Global Fellowship for 2020-21. We knew, even then, it would not have been aligned with our values to send Fellows into host communities during a global health crisis. But...

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Shawn Mendes Foundation Partners with Global Citizen Year to Launch Global Citizen Academy

2020-07-14

JULY 13, 2020 – GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes has launched an initiative through the Shawn Mendes Foundation (SMF), seeking to inspire and empower his fans and today’s youth to bring about positive change in the world and advocate for causes they care about. Today, Shawn and SMF are partnering with the nonprofit organization...

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Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO on Black Lives Matter

2020-06-08

Dear friends, The compounding crises of the last few months have been disorienting and heartbreaking, impacting each of us in such different ways. The events of the last week have brought some of those differences to the fore, and I’ve struggled to find the right way to express the outrage and anguish I feel —...

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