2019 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Yazmin Baptiste

IES Abroad Rabat & IES Abroad Rome • Lafayette College

Yazmin's passion to support immigrants and refugees led her to volunteer in Rabat and Rome, research for-profit companies benefiting from immigration in Italy, and conduct field research in New York and Texas about U.S. immigration issues.

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“Volunteering is complicated. It can be good one day. It could be bad the next. It could be iffy in the middle. Having a strong sense of accountability for what you do in the world is important ... have patience with others and yourself to think through the ways that we can improve our future.”
Yazmin Baptiste • 2019 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner
2018 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Breana Ross

IES Abroad Cape Town Customized Program • University of Miami

Breana took her passion for service from Florida to South Africa and back again. While studying abroad in Cape Town, Breana worked with SHAWCO Education to assist in the classroom with underprivileged students. What she learned there continues to influence her creative writing program with youth in Miami.

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Breana Ross, our 2018 Global Citizen of the Year, smiling at the oceanfront

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“I learned that, while places and people around the world share differences, we share more similarities than we think we do.”
Breana Ross • 2018 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner
2017 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Yesenia Ayala

IES Abroad Santiago • Grinnell College

As a first-generation college student, Yesenia Ayala understands the barriers that many low-income students face when pursuing higher education.

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“I strongly believe that working with communities creates a bigger impact than working for them.”
Yesenia Ayala • 2017 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner
2016 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Sydni Williams

IES Abroad Madrid • University of Michigan

From Detroit to Madrid, Sydni followed her commitment to improve youth education around the world. Discover how her internship with the Social Services Center of Los Yébenes in Spain reinvigorated her passion – one which inspired us a student-focused, mission-driven, organization. 

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“I plan to continue to advocate for our youth around the world and teach them that with determination, effort, and compassion they can be anything despite all doubt that they have experienced in the past.”
Sydni Williams • 2016 Global Citizen of the Year
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