Global Citizen Year – Abby Falik

In partnership with Cordes Foundation, Ashoka U seeks to recognize globally relevant teaching, learning, and partnership practices that may be adapted and replicated across the field. To highlight some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation will recognize six promising educational approaches in social entrepreneurship with the Ashoka U — Cordes Innovation Awards.

Global Citizen Year provides a world-class “bridge year” experience to high school graduates from diverse backgrounds who exhibit exceptional leadership potential. In 2012, Global Citizen Year launched a groundbreaking partnership with The New School. Accepted students participate in Global Citizen Year’s intensive 10-month service learning and entrepreneurial leadership training program in the developing world while earning credits for up to a full academic year of college. Participants are simultaneously enrolled at The New School, and in addition to Global Citizen Year’s curriculum they complete assignments designed by The New School faculty. The program enables students to receive 30 credits towards graduation, thereby placing them on track to begin their on-campus college experience as sophomores. This inaugural college partnership advances Global Citizen Year’s aim to re-envision the transition into college, and to do so in a way that can be replicated and adapted on a national scale.