About Tilting Futures

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We equip young people worldwide to create meaningful impact on global issues.


Today’s youth face a unique set of pressures. Growing up with unprecedented connectivity and intersecting global crises has placed a heavy burden on this generation. They want change. But where to start? Navigating these challenges—while trying to discover one’s identity and purpose—is a tremendous and pivotal undertaking.
Ziko Petse, a Tilting Futures program participant
Erik Oline, a Tilting Futures program participant
Four Tilting Futures program participants with their heads together, smiling down at the camera


We’re optimistic about the future. We know that young people, when given the opportunity and guidance to transform their ideals into action, can become the capable and courageous citizens our world needs. If you need proof, just look at our graduates. They’re leading positive change all over the globe.

A thriving future where communities work across differences to solve the world’s most complex challenges.

To empower young changemakers with the skills they need to make positive, lasting impact on global issues.

We believe immersive learning is the best way to help guide personal transformation and a global perspective to those seeking change.


Tilting Futures (originally Global Citizen Year founded by social entrepreneur Abby Falik), has been at the forefront of educational innovation since 2010. The organization’s Global Citizen Year Fellowship program provided immersive, educational gap year opportunities to 1000 young people worldwide from 2010-2020. The virtual Academy program supported over 1500 students in two short years from 2020-2022. Today, our flagship program, Take Action Lab, builds upon our previous offerings by strengthening our commitment to equity and accessibility.


Don’t just adapt to the future—tilt it.



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Global Citizen Year is moving forward as part of our new, larger brand: Tilting Futures. New name, same mission, expanded programs and impact.