Global Kids Inc.

Global Kids works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world. Our vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society.
Dec 4, 2014

Thank you for celebrating GK's 25th Anniversary!

GK Leaders rallying at the Peoples Climate March
GK Leaders rallying at the Peoples Climate March

Dear GK Friend,

Thank you.

As we wind down the Global Kids 25th Anniversary Year and reflect back on our success, we know we could never have achieved so much without the generous support of friends like you.

When the first informal gatherings occured in 1989, no one could have predicted that Global Kids would become the foremost educational organization for global learning and youth development. Early on, there was skepticism that youth from underserved communities needed and craved opportunities to engage in international affairs and social activism.

But whether you have been a longtime supporter, or a new friend to Global Kids, you know how important it is to be globally competent. You know that our youth, even those who attend underperforming schools or face harsh economic challenges, have a right to be at the table where decisions about public policy or foreign affairs are made. You know that our youth deserve the unique, enriching experiences Global Kids provides.

Many nonprofits never make it to the five-year mark. We have been grateful for each milestone we reached, but our 25th anniversary was no accident. Over the years, our founder Carole Artigiani, talented staff, board of directors, partners, and supporters all nourished the organization and nutured our youth. We never wavered in our mission, and our supporters have never wavered in their generosity. 

Thank you.

In the past 25 years, we have served over 200,000 youth through our school-based and afterschool programs. Our youth have designed and implemented 25 youth conferences, and have traveled to 25 countries for service learning and peer education. We have averaged a 90% high school graduation rate and a 90% higher education matriculation rate at schools where graduation rates hover around 50%.

In the past five years, we have grown from nine to 32 schools in NYC, expanded to Washington, DC, developed a groundbreaking climate justice activist program, and received numerous national awards for excellence.

This past year - our anniversary year - our youth met United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samatha Power, were honored by the New York City Council for their work on climate change, and had the wonderful opportunity to discuss their work with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Global Kids in July.

Thank you.

Your support has enabled us to accomplish so much. Twenty-five of our alumni have been profiled by The Huffington Post exposing the impact of Global Kids to an international audience. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we need your continuted generosity to take us forward.

Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Global Kids. To honor our past, and to build our future.

All the best,

Evie

First Lady Michelle Obama visiting with GK Leaders
First Lady Michelle Obama visiting with GK Leaders
GK Leaders at the 25th Annual Youth Conference
GK Leaders at the 25th Annual Youth Conference
GK Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer
GK Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer
Sep 9, 2014

GK Leaders Had An Amazing Summer!

GK Leader welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama
GK Leader welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama

Global Kids had an excellent non-stop summer packed with bridge programs, institutes, and travel abroad opportunities for our students in New York City and Washington, D.C. To get a sense of the activities in which GK Leaders participated over the summer, take a look at these highlights!

  • The summer kicked off with a very special visit from First Lady Michelle Obama at Global Kids Headquarters in New York City. Two GK Leaders invited her when they met her at the National Summer Learning Day event held at the U.S. Department of Education in June, and she accepted their offer. During Mrs. Obama’s visit, she met with twenty GK Leaders in small groups to learn about the projects our students have been working on. She was inquisitive, and very impressed with the leadership work our students were doing! To see the NY1 news coverage of her visit, click here! 
  • For six weeks, twenty-seven high school students in Washington, D.C. participated in the DC Summer Institute where they intensively studied international affairs, career exploration, and foreign policy, with a week-long service-learning trip to Puerto Vieja, Costa Rica.
  •  In July, twenty GK students from New York City traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina for three weeks through the American Youth Leadership Program. During this time, participants were immersed in cultural exchanges via homestays, peer-education workshops pertaining to global citizenship and media literacy, and teambuilding exercises with twenty-two Bosnian students. The participants focused on media coverage regarding global human rights topics. Our students penned inspiring and insightful blog posts on the GK Leader Tumblr page, which you may access here. 
  • In New York City, the U.S. in the World International Law and Foreign Policy Institute brought together a diverse group of twenty-eight high school students for an intensive three-week program held at the Council on Foreign Relations. GK Leaders explored dynamics of foreign policy, the role of the U.S. and other major nations, and addressed some of the most pressing global challenges of today.
  • The first-ever Climate Action Summer Institute took place in August in collaboration with the Alliance for Climate Education. Fifteen high school students gathered for a week-long program aimed at exploring issues such as climate justice, public policy, climate leadership, and community organization. Additionally, two GK Leaders, Anthony and Mitchell, traveled to Argentina for a week to represent the U.S. in Sustainaware, a global youth coalition that raises awareness about the importance of sustainable development around the world. For more information about the impactful work Sustainaware is doing, visit their Facebook page!
  • One of our most important offerings during the summer months is the Summer Youth Employment Program, where Global Kids teams up with over twenty-five partner organizations in New York City to provide GK Leaders with professional work experience for six weeks. During their employment, GK Leaders worked 25 hours a week for minimum wage, and for many this was their first work experience. Worksites this year included The American Museum of National History, the Brooklyn Public Library, Village Care (a rehabilitation center), Global Kids Headquarters, a day care center, and other community development organizations.

With such an amazing summer behind us, Global Kids is thrilled to have you join us for another successful school year. If you happen to be in the New York City area in early November, consider participating in our 25th Anniversary Global Kids 5K Run/Walk! You may even gather a team of your friends to help support Global Kids in offering leadership development opportunities for underserved youth in New York City and Washington, D.C.

 

Thank you for your generosity, and here’s to an unforgettable school year!

 

The GK Team

Anthony & Mitchell, GK Leaders, in Argentina
Anthony & Mitchell, GK Leaders, in Argentina
Annie shares her view at the CFR Summer Institute
Annie shares her view at the CFR Summer Institute
Working on the Climate Education Campaign for NYC
Working on the Climate Education Campaign for NYC
Leslie visits the old city of Mostar in Bosnia
Leslie visits the old city of Mostar in Bosnia
GK Leaders with First Lady Michelle Obama
GK Leaders with First Lady Michelle Obama

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Jun 17, 2014

GK Youth Highlights in Spring 2014

Student Annie Willis rallies for Climate Education
Student Annie Willis rallies for Climate Education

Global Kids’ 25th Anniversary year has been going strong! Our students have been keeping busy wrapping up their school year, and we are thrilled to share highlights from the last few months with you!

  • In March, GK Leaders held the 25th Annual Youth Conference at Baruch College in Manhattan. Planned, coordinated and facilitated entirely by students, the Conference was a remarkable event and an inspiring tribute to the spirit of youth activism that Global Kids has fostered for the past two and a half decades. More than 600 youth and educators, including 21 students from GK Washington, D.C., attended the daylong event that boasted more than 30 interactive workshops led by GK students, guest speakers from partner organizations, and performances by our very own GK Undesirable Elements program participants. Topics for the day--all focused on the theme of Youth Activism--included climate justice, education, juvenile justice, LGBT rights, immigration rights, women’s rights, and many more.
  • On May 29th, six GK Leaders participated in a panel Q&A with Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, at the High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC) in Brooklyn, NY. Ambassador Power spoke about the importance of youth involvement in foreign policy. HSGC students were able to ask her questions about her career and her position on current events, as well as ask for academic and professional advice. Ambassador Power was quite impressed with GK Leaders’ knowledge on domestic and international affairs, and many students lef the panel inspired to learn more about political careers.
  • On June 6th , GK students from the four Wingate Campus high schools in Brooklyn held an Impact Day with Deloitte & Touche employees. Students learned a lot through the career panel and college exploration activities, and all participants celebrated working together to beautify the school grounds through gardening projects.
  • On June 11th, GK students from the Human Rights Activists Project held a rally and press conference calling for comprehensive climate change education in NYC public schools. GK was joined by New York City Council Members Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards, and Carlos Menhaca, as well as representatives from the Alliance for Climate Education, the CUNY Law School Center for Urban Environmental Reform, and UPROSE. A petition to NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has been drafted, asking the Department of Education to mandate climate education for all K-12 students. To sign the petition and help our students achieve their goal, click here! Our youth were also able to show their dedication, passion and breadth of knowledge on television! GK Leaders Eduardo Salgado, Yassmine Hussein, and Annie Willis, who was directly affected by Superstorm Sandy, were interviewed by NY1 and did a fantastic job of explaining why climate education for NYC students is vital. Click here to see the clip!  

Thanks to your generosity, GK youth have continued to experience unparalleled educational opportunities and have been empowered to take action on issues they feel passionate about. We have many amazing activities planned this summer, and we cannot wait to share them with you soon! 

GK Leaders Facilitating an Inspiring Conference
GK Leaders Facilitating an Inspiring Conference
US Ambassador Samantha Power with GK Youth
US Ambassador Samantha Power with GK Youth
Impact Day with Deloitte & Touche Employees
Impact Day with Deloitte & Touche Employees

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