Introducing Tilting Futures

Since our founding, we’ve been guided by a singular commitment: to provide young people with the tools to create positive change in themselves and the world around them. As we continue to pursue our mission, we’re excited to share two big announcements:    1. We’re expanding Take Action Lab! Beginning in 2025, we’ll be launching […]

Future Ready: Empowering the Next Generation of Global Changemakers

For over a decade, Global Citizen Year has been a beacon for youth empowerment. This year, we unveiled ‘Take Action Lab,’ our most innovative initiative yet. Backed by Harvard research, the results are in: our approach is equipping young people with the emotional and intellectual skills to be the changemakers of tomorrow. View the Report […]

5 Key Questions for Designing an Immersive Learning Program

For an international immersion program, COVID-19 literally stopped us in our tracks. Like so many educational organizations, we quickly pivoted online. Our team developed Global Citizen Year Academy, a virtual leadership program that allowed us to both increase and broaden our student community. Over two years we were able to reach nearly 1500 young people […]

Global Citizen Year Welcomes Aziza Musa as first-ever Chief of External Affairs Officer

Global Citizen Year is thrilled to announce Aziza Musa has joined the organization as its inaugural Chief External Affairs Officer. Aziza brings over 20 years of experience as a member of nonprofit leadership teams to this role, along with a lifelong commitment to advancing international access to education, community-driven reinvestment, and racial equity. In her […]

Global Citizen Year Welcomes Two New Board Members

Global Citizen Year is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Imani Dunbar and Erika Kelton. “The Board of Directors plays a critical role in our organization, supporting our strategic thinking, our philanthropic efforts, and my leadership as Global Citizen Year enters our next era. With that in […]

A new chapter at Global Citizen Year

Dear friends, After 12 years building and leading Global Citizen Year from a seed of an idea to the thriving institution it’s become, the time has come for me to pass the baton. I’m enormously proud of what we have built, and we wouldn’t be here without your support. Today, we have a network of […]

Our First Ever DEIA Progress Report

Download the Report   A Letter from President & COO, Erin Lewellen Throughout our organization’s history we have been on a journey to deepen our understanding and commitment to DEIA work. In the past year, we’ve made significant strides toward enriching this commitment, and are now at a moment when living our values means it […]

Global Citizen Year receives breakthrough $12M investment from MacKenzie Scott

OAKLAND, CA: Today, Global Citizen Year announced a $12M grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, the largest gift in the organization’s history. The organization will use this gift to kick off the New Leaders Fund, a $50M campaign to launch a critical mass of diverse leaders worldwide who are equipped to build a more […]

Update on 2021-2022 Global Citizen Year Fellowship

UPDATE: March 2021 After careful consideration, we announce that we will not operate our Fellowship in the 2021-2022 academic year.   Again this month, we analyzed the data to assess the viability of running our global Fellowship beginning in January 2022. Despite promising signs in some parts of the world and increasing access to vaccines in […]

Announcing new partnership with Schmidt Futures to Launch “Rise” Program

Over the last year, we’ve worked closely with the team at Schmidt Futures to inform the design and launch of their new initiative to unlock youth talent globally. Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, is the anchor program of the  Schmidt Futures’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to identify and support global […]



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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.