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Setting a Trajectory for Impact

2022-03-16

  For Kristen Lee, applying to Global Citizen Year was an early step towards forging an authentic, meaningful path.    Kristen grew up in North Carolina in an area with a renowned university and high-performing public schools. She grew up in an environment with pressures to succeed academically, and attend a competitive college. Kristen often...

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Leadership in Action: Q&A with Laurene Powell Jobs

2022-02-07

This interview has been condensed for clarity and is shared here in transcript form as taken from a live event conversation hosted by Global Citizen Year.   Abby Falik [AF]: I have really been looking forward to this conversation, Laurene. I don’t know whether you’ll remember, but we first met when I was a freshman at Stanford....

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Our First Ever DEIA Progress Report

2021-12-15

December 15, 2021   Click to Download the Report     A Letter from President & COO, Erin Lewellen   Throughout our organization’s history we have been on a journey to deepen our understanding and commitment to DEIA work. In the past year, we’ve made significant strides toward enriching this commitment, and are now at...

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Global Citizen Year named #1 place to work in the U.S.

2021-11-16

November 16, 2021   OAKLAND, CA: Global Citizen Year, the nonprofit organization launching a generation of leaders with the perspectives and skills to solve humanity’s most urgent challenges, has been ranked #1 in Outside Magazine’s list of the best places to work. The list, which is updated annually, spotlights the top 50 companies and organizations...

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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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