The end of the school year is fast approaching, and Global Kids Leaders have been busy wrapping up their projects and planning for the summer! We are excited for all the graduation festivities happening this month!
In the meantime, our students have been engaged in many activities as they finish their year. Some highlights from the last few months include:
As always, thank you so much for believing in our youth. We know that Global Kids’ work would simply not be possible without your support, for which we are truly grateful. We have many exciting plans for the summer, including three international trips to South Africa, Japan, and Haiti, so keep an eye out for our next report!
With the start of a new year, Global Kids Leaders in New York City and Washington, DC have been participating in the full range of Global Kids' offerings including Classroom Residencies, Afterschool Leadership Clubs, and ongoing programming at Global Kids Headquarters. In response to current events around the world, Global Kids Leaders have been exploring issues related to social justice and human rights:
Two Global Kids Leaders, Annie and Kazi, participated in the StoryCorps Human Impacts Institute Project that documents stories of women climate change activsts. After being directly and severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and losing her home, Annie has become a youth climate activist in New York City and even addressed the United Nations Climate Summit in 2013. Kazi interviewed Annie on tape at a StoryCorps StoryBooth in New York City, where both young ladies discussed the value of climate education in primary and secondary education, as well as the importance of raising awareness about climate justice.
On Martin Lurther King Jr. Day, Global Kids Leaders participated in various service-learning activities to commemorate the prolific leader. These included:
Global Kids Leaders are also busy preparing and planning for the 26th Annual Youth Conference, to be held on April 17 in New York City. In light of recent cases around police misconduct in Staten Island and Ferguson, MO, as well as the recent screenings of "Selma," students elected Justice as the conference theme. Since then, the youth have been working diligently on crafting curriculum on several topics related to Justice such as climate change and environmental justice, gender equality, international law, racial justice, economic justice, laws regarding the rights of LGBTQ people, and criminal justice. Sixty-five youth conference planners attended a three-day retreat in upstate New York, where they practiced and refined their workshops. The Global Kids Leaders are expecting 600 youth and educators to attend the conference, and if you happen to be in New York City on April 17th, please join us! For more information, please contact me at email@example.com.
As the year progresses, we look forward to sharing all the achievements and accomplishments of Global Kids Leaders as they finish projects and campaigns, and for seniors, graduate high school and receive college acceptance letters. Your support and belief in our work makes all of this possible, and we are forever grateful. Here's to an incredible 2015!
Dear GK Friend,
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.
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.
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,
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!
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
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!
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!
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