Global Kids works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and globally. Our innovative leadership development programs teach high-need teens about global issues and how they relate to their own communities; develop their leadership, communications, and digital media skills; and allow them to explore college options and career paths.
Global Kids equips young people with the skills to be engaged citizens and achieve success in a technology-driven global society. Urban youth remain largely uninformed about global issues, and today's workplace requires a wide scope of competencies, from critical thinking to digital media literacy. GK youth are ethnically and socio-economically diverse, attend low-performing, high-need schools in NYC and Washington, DC, and face significant challenges such as poverty, drugs, and teen parenthood.
GK's programs combine a global issues curriculum with service learning. We use an interest-driven learning model to engage students in learning about current events, foreign policy, and human rights issues and equip them with the skills they need to make an impact. All programs include international affairs education, 21st Century skill building, hands-on leadership opportunities, interactions with policymakers and activists, college and career exploration, and youth development and mentoring.
Long-term, GK participants graduate from high school, enroll in college, and become leaders in their communities and the world at large. Last year, 99% of GK seniors graduated from high school, more than 30 points higher than NYC's average. 87% of those graduates are now in college. In an alumni survey, 97% agreed that GK helped to increase their leadership skills, and 95% agreed that they increased their civic and community engagement due to GK.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,672
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $34,328
Total Funding Goal: $40,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).