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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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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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