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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.

About Global Citizen Year & Global Citizen

Through a mixture of world-class training, structured immersion and a local apprenticeship, we support our Fellows as they embark on a transformative experience that provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world—and themselves—through a dramatically different lens. The end of extreme poverty is within reach for the first time in history, and now's your moment to be a part of the solution.

Stories

  1. Article: Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador

    Families Brace Themselves as Climate Change Threatens Catastrophe in Ecuador

    From Global Citizen Year|Feb. 17, 2017

    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

    This Indigenous Community in Ecuador Is Overcoming Centuries of Oppression

    From Global Citizen Year|Nov. 3, 2016

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

  3. Article: Economic development starts with empowering girls

    Economic development starts with empowering girls

    From Global Citizen Year|May 23, 2016

    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

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

    From Global Citizen Year|May 20, 2016

    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

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

    From Global Citizen Year|May 4, 2016

    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

    How Malia Obama could open the floodgates for bridge years

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

    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

    Abuelita's hands and other reflections on colonialism

    From Global Citizen Year|April 4, 2016

    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

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

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

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

  9. Article: Dear high school students...

    Dear high school students...

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

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

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

    How one man is transforming education in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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

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