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Mind the Gap Year: Global Citizen Year Turns 18-Year-Olds into Future Leaders

by Zak Stone

December 23, 2011

"We're not a feel good operation," says Falik, nor a chance for privileged kids to engage in do-gooder tourism. "We're here to do something that we think will make a measurable difference in our fellows' lives and their trajectory as leaders, and over time in the communities" they serve. The fellows "are not there to help or save anybody. They're there to collaborate and come home and prepare themselves to be leaders." The organization will measure its success based on what kind of leadership positions alumni occupy 10 or 20 years down the road.

Applications for next year's cohort remain open until February. "We're looking for kids who are self-starting and resilient and who are curious about the world," says Falik, "kids for whom this opportunity will just blow open their sense of themselves in the world and set them on a track to know how much is possible." The price tag—$28,500 for the year—may be steep, but thanks to funds raised through scholarships and grants, more than 80 percent of fellows receive financial aid.

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Mind the Gap Year: Global Citizen Year Turns 18-Year-Olds into Future Leaders