Global Citizen Academy is a first-of-its-kind leadership experience equipping diverse high school grads worldwide with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact. Global Citizen Academy offers an engaging blend of interactive online learning, workshops with leading innovators, real-world projects and peer collaboration.

Join a global network of young changemakers

Global Citizen Academy is for high school graduates worldwide who don’t want to sit this year out. For the impatient optimists who are ready to get in the arena, this is your opportunity to level up with a diverse, international cohort of young leaders like you.  

  • A study by Harvard University researchers shows Academy graduates are happier, have a greater global perspective, and are more prepared for college than before the program. 
  • 88% of students feel more prepared to create a meaningful life through gaining concrete leadership skills in public speaking, asset-based community development, conducting root cause analysis, writing a project proposal, and pitching their ideas
  • Our class represents 80+ countries and brings an even greater number of diverse perspectives.
  • Our speaker series features impactful leaders like Melinda Gates, DeRay McKesson, and Jay Shetty!
  • Shawn Mendes has pledged $25K in WonderGrants to our alumni to help fund their ideas for positive impact. 

Build powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact

Dig into the big questions and develop key skills you can’t learn in a traditional classroom alone. You’ll explore topics from effective communication and systems thinking, to mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and ethical decision-making. The experience is designed together with Minerva, a fellow pioneer in educational transformation. Together we're offering a dynamic curriculum that responds to this historic moment and integrates powerful skill sets and mindsets with a proven approach to leadership training.

Know yourself: Develop skills that unlock self-awareness, well-being and a sense of purpose.

Understand the world: Analyze local issues and connect them to our global context.

Drive impact: Collaborate with peers from around the world to align your values and actions with meaningful impact.

Get inspired by today’s most impactful leaders

Participate in exclusive workshops taught by some of today’s most innovative leaders and learn from their insight and expertise.

Connect on the world’s most advanced learning platform

Engage in dynamic courses on Minerva’s cutting-edge Forum learning platform, an immersive virtual environment that allows you to participate fully and establish meaningful relationships with both instructors and peers.

Strike the ideal balance of structure and independence

If selected for Global Citizen Academy, plan to dedicate 10-15 hours per week to your courses and projects. By design, this allows room for independent exploration of issues and projects you're passionate about or for earning income. Whether you dedicate time to working, voter registration, the climate crisis, or COVID-19 response, our trained coaches will provide mentorship and support to help you meet your goals.

Global Citizen Year x Minerva

Global Citizen Year and Minerva, two pioneers in global education, have teamed up to offer a truly innovative learning experience. Our combined expertise in academic and experiential learning bring leadership training to a new level with the Global Citizen Academy.

Cost and Session Information

Tuition:  We are pleased to offer sliding scale tuition for Global Citizen Academy with four tiers ranging from $500 (deposit only) to $7,500 (full tuition). We are committed to making this experience available to the highest potential young leaders we can find, independent of their family’s financial circumstance.

Semester:  August 31 - December 18, 2020

Application Deadline: August 11, 2020  with Final Commitment Date of August 14, 2020

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