Global Citizen Year is changing our educational paradigm and creating a new rite of passage – training the most promising young Americans, regardless of socioeconomic background, as “Fellows” in communities across Latin America, Africa and Asia during a transformative year before college. Through a mix of cultural immersion, experiential learning, and world-class training, Fellows develop global skills, self-mastery and grit -- the foundations for success in higher education, and leadership in our global economy.
The next three years represent Global Citizen Year's Acceleration Phase, during which we will launch 1,000 Fellows into lives of impact -- shaping the values and priorities of our next generation leaders who, in turn, will shape American leadership in the world. Our fellowship seeds the foundational skills and mindsets that ultimately drive alumni to find solutions that bridge peace, planet, and prosperity. From the Senegal Fellow who lives with a Muslim family and gains a new appreciation for religious difference to the Ecuador Fellow who works at an ecotourism park that sustains the environment while providing a regional economic boost to the India Fellow who tutors students in a high-poverty school to provide the next generation greater economic opportunity, this is a year that defines and shapes their futures.
An infusion of growth capital at this stage allows us to significantly grow our core fellowship, unlocking demand and removing programmatic barriers to scale. In the coming years, we will change public perceptions of the value of a meaningful bridge year and create partnerships with colleges to encourage more high school graduates to prioritize worldly experience.