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Global Citizen Year Statement on Black Lives Matter

2020-06-01

We stand in solidarity against systemic racism, white supremacy and the ongoing oppression of the Black community. We denounce and will work actively against the systemic and institutional racism that underpins the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless other lives lost. We join in the national call for justice. We...

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NBC: Class of 2020, college can wait. Take a Gap Year

2020-05-21

Published in full by NBC. In the coming weeks, more than 2 million high school seniors who had their sights set on college for the fall will navigate a decision no graduating class before them has ever had to consider: how — and whether — to commit to attending college in the time of COVID-19....

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Global Citizen Year Launches Accessible Gap Year Alternative

2020-05-21

Global Citizen Year, a non-profit committed to normalizing a new—and better—path from high school into young adulthood today announces the launch of Global Citizen Academy. Global Citizen Academy is an intensive leadership experience, equipping 2020 high school graduates with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact. With colleges and universities unlikely to be back...

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Abby Falik Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship, Third Year Running

2019-10-18

Abby Falik, CEO of Global Citizen Year Among 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at 2019 Builders + Innovators Summit Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing Global Citizen Year CEO Abby Falik as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2019 at its Builders + Innovators Summit in Santa Barbara, California. Goldman Sachs selected Abby Falik as...

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Global Citizen Year Launches Partnership with Envoys

2019-10-09

Global Citizen Year and Envoys are thrilled to announce a new partnership to offer a transformative global gap year experience to graduates of Envoys international trips for high school students.  As part of this partnership, Global Citizen Year will award a $5000 merit scholarship to graduates of Envoys programs that have been nominated by one...

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University of Rochester Spotlight: Siera Sadowski (Ecuador ’19)

2019-10-08

‘Just the most incredible feeling in the world’ Siera Sadowski ’23 says reading and writing are among her passions. Growing up, she pursued them in the face of numerous challenges. Her family relied on food stamps and went through periods without heat in their house. “But I always had a roof to sleep under,” she...

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Getting Smart Podcast: Abby Falik on the Benefits of Global Service

2019-10-08

Abby Falik interviewed by Tom Vander Ark in the Getting Smart Podcast. Abby speaks about her mission to expand access to life-changing global immersion experiences between high school and college. And her belief that these experiences are uniquely suited to unlock courage, shape identity, and develop leadership and unlock courage. Find more at Getting Smart

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Alum Joan Hanawi: I Took a Gap Year Before Beginning College. Here’s Why You Should, Too.

2019-10-08

I thought there was only one option after high school: college. I felt like I would be a failure if I didn’t go straight to school, or at least, that’s the feeling that had been instilled in me. I spent my first 18 years building up my academic profile to get into a prestigious school....

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