APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Through an innovative cross-sector approach, GCY will partner with high schools and colleges in the US and social enterprises around the world to create opportunities for emerging leaders to work as apprentices in Asia, Africa, and Latin America during a transformative 'bridge year' before college.
As a results-driven operation, GCY has a laser focus on measuring outcomes and impact against concrete metrics. To track progress around Fellow learning, GCY uses the following to gather data across each Fellow's participation with GCY:
Short term outcomes: Application and pre-program surveys to gather baseline data; weekly meetings with Team Leaders; monthly meetings to measure progress; capstones, final surveys, and qualitative reports to measure learning and growth over a nine month period
Longitudinal impact: GCY is developing a longitudinal survey which will be used to track our alumni over time across a 'global/social engagement index'. The tool is a compilation of existing indices, and will be administered annually to track alumni outcomes across the following categories: global citizenship, community leadership, social innovation, college readiness/success and engagement in social impact careers.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
GCY's high impact program cycle moves through the following steps:
To drive student demand, GCY works closely with high schools (principals, guidance counselors, and networks of independent and charter schools), college access programs (including KIPP, College Summit, College Track, and Summer Search), and college admissions offices to identify the one percent of high school graduates who are prepared and qualified to thrive in GCY's rigorous program cycle. In the coming years GCY will align its admissions timeline and process with a growing network of colleges to help meet their critical needs, while creating greater awareness for and comfort with the idea of a 'bridge year.' Additionally, GCY aims to engage a pro-bono marketing/branding partner to help launch a major national media campaign to significantly extend its reach and visibility.
Selection (December & May)
GCY's rigorous selection process identifies students with leadership potential, commitment, and the ability to influence their peers. Once selected, Fellows defer college enrollment for one year to enroll with GCY.
In collaboration with leading experts across the fields of global development, authentic leadership, and social innovation, GCY trains students to develop core knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to lead social change in college and over the course of their careers. This training includes a series of pre-service trainings and monthly sessions with community leaders.
The typical year for a GCY Fellow is as follows:
Pre-Service Training (June - August) - Fellows work with GCY staff to raise funds in the amount of ,000 and build a network of home-town supporters who will follow them over the course of their experience in the field. Over time, they will also begin language training in preparation for their field placement.
US Training Institute (September) - Fellows come together from across the country for an intensive program that connects them to each other, guides them through the process of understanding their strengths and limitations as leaders, while introducing them to frameworks which help them place their international experience in the broader contexts of global development, social innovation, and their own college and career trajectory.
In-Country Orientation (October) - Fellows travel in teams with trained Team Leaders to their country posts. On arrival, Fellows engage in intensive language and cultural training while gaining a deeper understanding of their roles and their host organizations.
On-Going Training - Each month, Fellows come together to share insights, process their experiences, and engage with community leaders to ensure a collaborative and engaging experience.
Apprentice (November - April)
The GCY apprenticeship is the heart of the program. During this 6-month period, Fellows work in a range of issue areas, including public health, education, technology, and environment and with organizations across the private, government, and NGO sectors, developing skills and contributing to local efforts.
Over the course of the experience, GCY provides training, equipment, and access to traditional and social media channels, enabling Fellows to connect with audiences across the US and around the world. Through blogs, videos, and a capstone project, Fellows share lessons learned in the field, raise awareness about global issues, and engage others to reconsider their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.
Transition (May - June)
On their return to the US, Fellows participate in a re-entry program that focuses on reverse culture shock and college readiness, while preparing them to share their capstone projects with classrooms and communities across the US.
Alumni Network (Ongoing)
While the core experience is just a year, GCY will support its alumni as they move through college and into their careers. Through access to mentors, summer internships, and future employment opportunities, the GCY network will provide alumni with support and access to enable their work as social innovators.
The need to prepare a new generation of Americans for effective leadership in our globalized world has never been more urgent. Global challenges of poverty, climate change, and our current economic crisis affect us all; yet few Americans graduate from college with the skills needed to lead effectively in the 21st century.
Lack of Global Exposure & Skills
While half of the world's population struggles to survive on less than a day, less than one percent of American students will graduate from college with firsthand insight into how the global majority lives.
Only nine percent of Americans speak a second language fluently, compared to 54% percent of Europeans. Seventy-three percent of Americans and over 50% of Congressional leaders do not have a passport.
Lack of College Readiness
More than forty percent of college freshman 'require some form of remediation,' and one-third do not return for a second year. Overall, only one-third of students graduate with a college degree within six years.
Lack of Professional Preparation for the 21st Century Workforce
A 2002 survey of large U.S. corporations found that nearly 30% of the companies believed they had failed to exploit fully their international business opportunities due to insufficient personnel with international skills.
By training a diverse corps of high school graduates and supporting them through apprenticeships with multi-sector social enterprises across the developing world during a 'bridge year' before college, Global Citizen Year is building a pipeline of new global leaders. GCY Fellows enter college more mature and with the real life experiences that prepare them to actively engage in their studies and careers with passion, perspective, and purpose.
Adapted from IIE and National Geographic Literacy Survey.
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