About Global Citizen Year

Global Citizen Year is an award-winning, non-profit social enterprise on a mission to make it normal to choose a bridge year; an experience after high school that builds self-awareness, global skills, and grit – the foundations for success in college and beyond.

Most Recent Stories
  1. Article: Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador
    ImpactEnvironment

    Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador

    Feb. 17, 2017 |Global Citizen Year

    Dramatic changes in climate are a real concern for Ecuadorian families. Read more

  2. Article: This Indigenous Community in Ecuador Is Overcoming Centuries of Oppression
    Citizenship

    This Indigenous Community in Ecuador Is Overcoming Centuries of Oppression

    Nov. 3, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    After centuries of oppression, this community finally won full citizenship Read more

  3. Article: Economic development starts with empowering girls
    Girls & Women

    Economic development starts with empowering girls

    May 23, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    Meet Ana, a young girl in Brazil with big dreams Read more

  4. Article: Mining threatens the health of the Gambie River and of the communities that depends on it
    Water & Sanitation

    Mining threatens the health of the Gambie River and of the communities that depends on it

    May 20, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    Gold mining could compromise the river at the center of this Senegalese village Read more

  5. Article: Malia’s decision to take a gap year isn’t just good for her — it’s good for the country, entrepreneur says
    Citizenship

    Malia’s decision to take a gap year isn’t just good for her — it’s good for the country, entrepreneur says

    May 4, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    The founder of Global Citizen Year speaks about the value of gap years after Malia Obama’s decision. Read more

  6. Article: How Malia Obama could open the floodgates for bridge years
    Education

    How Malia Obama could open the floodgates for bridge years

    By Joe McCarthy| May 3, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    If the president of the United States thinks it's a good idea, it's probably worth considering. Read more

  7. Article: Abuelita's hands and other reflections on colonialism
    Citizenship

    Abuelita's hands and other reflections on colonialism

    April 4, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    The indigenous Kichwa people still face exploitation and discrimination. Read more

  8. Article: Mothers and daughters take a stand against the skin-lightening industry in Senegal
    Girls & Women

    Mothers and daughters take a stand against the skin-lightening industry in Senegal

    By Maria Morava| March 26, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    Mothers are joining hands to protect their daughters from the skin-lightening industry Read more

  9. Article: Dear high school students...
    Citizenship

    Dear high school students...

    By Brooke Donner| March 25, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    Tell colleges why you, not why your resume. Read more

  10. Article: How one man is transforming education in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    Education

    How one man is transforming education in the Ecuadorian Amazon

    By Joan Hanawi| March 14, 2016 |Global Citizen Year

    In Ecuador, indigenous people are often looked down upon as poor, uneducated simpletons. Read more

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