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Shawn Mendes Foundation Launches Global Citizen Academy in Partnership With Global Citizen Year

Shawn Mendes Foundation Launches Global Citizen Academy in Partnership With Global Citizen Year

  • Shawn Mendes and the Shawn Mendes Foundation have launched the Global Citizen Academy with Global Citizen Year.

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and the Shawn Mendes Foundation (SMF) have partnered with Global Citizen Year to launch Global Citizen Academy. It will be a first-of-its-kind leadership experience for high school graduates learning about their social impact in the world.

“Our world needs young leaders now more than ever,” says Mendes. “It’s been truly inspiring to watch so many young activists use their voices. By working with Global Citizen Academy, my hope is that we can empower many more young people around the world with the resources and tools they need to make an impact.”

Designed in partnership with Minerva Project, the program offers accredited courses taught via Minerva’s cutting-edge virtual learning platform. The Academy will feature curriculum and high profile speakers focused on a range of social issues including racial justice, climate change, and human rights. SMF will be providing $250,000 in need-based scholarships to ensure that tuition is not a barrier to entry and students of all economic backgrounds can participate in the Academy.

“In recent months many have called on Gen Z — and, specifically, this year’s high school graduates — to step up and lead. Some have called for a year of service, others have called for a national corps. But until now, no one has provided a clear and tangible way to do it,” said Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year Founder & CEO. “we’re thrilled to partner with Shawn and his Foundation to launch Global Citizen Academy: a powerful new pathway for young people who are ready to get in the arena, level up and lead. To anyone around the world who is inspired by Shawn’s activism and leadership, I hope you’ll join us. This is your chance to become the kind of leader our world needs now.”

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SMF will be providing $250,000 in need-based scholarships for applicants to Global Citizen Academy and Mendes will be serving as Global Youth Chair. He will also be amplifying the opportunity to recruit applicants providing mentorship opportunities and helping curate the list of guest speakers for the Academy’s “Leadership In Action” series. These high-profile speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. Global Citizen Academy is accepting applications until July 30th.

For information about The Shawn Mendes Foundation, including how to donate, visit ShawnMendesFoundation.org.

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