If no one gives you an opportunity, then you have to create your own opportunity.
— Anderson Cooper, CNN Journalist
 Anderson Cooper with one of our YBY Participants

Anderson Cooper with one of our YBY Participants


Your Big Year is a launch pad for youth.  
Run by the innovation agency, International Connector,
we provide opportunities to connect with peers globally and
to travel, learn and explore the world.  
We set youth on a path of self-awareness and growth. 



Our Values

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Your Big Year Global

Your Big Year been run globally 3 times with over 100,000 applicants across 190 countries. We've been loved by the press and our social reach has been over 20Million across many channels.  We are most proud of how youth have launched themselves through our program.  See more photos on our History Page.


Our Youth

Due to the direct support and opportunities developed through the Your Big Year journey, our youth have gone on to be awarded with exclusive scholarships, mentorships, fellowships and are frequently seen speaking on world stages.  Meet some of the Your Big Year Champions:

Your Big Year was a magical moment for me. It really demonstrated to me how youth from around the world are not given enough access to opportunities, to further develop their knowledge and skills so as to improve their country and the world. And that experience and all the people I had the fortune of meeting, is honestly what pushes me to continue on this path. Thank you for believing in the shy girl, who may not have expressed enough through words, but is expressing with her heart from now on.
— Karyssa Zavala, Texas, Your Big Year Champion

Our Leadership Team

Our Advisory Board