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Global Kids performing at the Annual Conference
Global Kids performing at the Annual Conference

Dear Friend,

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:

  • Eight students from the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists took a trip to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica during their spring break, where they participated in service learning projects, community engagement, and discussions about food accessibility, agriculture rights, and nutrition. 
  • A group of students from Bronx High School for the Visual Arts took an overnight college visit to Philadelphia, PA, where they were hosted by the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Students also toured the campuses of University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University, met with admissions officers, and interacted with local students pursuing various majors.
  • Students from Curtis High School in Staten Island took a college and career readiness trip to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD to visit college campuses and collaborate with students in our Washington, DC (GK-DC) program. The youth toured the campuses of and met with admissions officers from University of Maryland, Howard University, and Georgetown University, attended a young professionals dinner hosted by GK-DC students, and volunteered for a day at the DC Food Bank.
  • This year’s Annual Youth Conference, which was held on April 17, was a great success! It focused on the theme of Global Justice with the slogan Know Justice! Know Peace! and engaged over 600 youth and educators from New York City. Activities from the event, which GK students planned, organized, and implemented themselves, included workshops, performances, and guest speakers that shed light on the connection between justice and peace in today’s world. Watch this video for a more in-depth look at the event! 
  • Global Kids Leaders in the Human Rights Activist Project won the Social Media Award at the NYU Social Justice Expo! The students presented their Climate Education campaign, which is working towards mandating climate education in all K-12 science curriculum in New York City.
  • On May 28th, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, paid a special visit to Curtis High School in Staten Island. Global Kids students held a Q&A session with Ambassador Power and impressed her by posing thoughtful and well-articulated questions on foreign policy issues ranging from the threat of ISIL and the conflict in the Ukraine.
  • On May 30th, students from our Online Leadership Program represented Global Kids at the annual Emoti-con! Conference, which supports youth in expressing themselves through digital media and technology. Our students presented games that they created during the school year. They worked on the concept, storyboard, coding, and testing to create games and mobile apps that focus on human rights issues in their local and global communities. Game topics ranged from the evolution of technology, to Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the life of a Dominican immigrant in New York City. Our students received many accolades this year, including the Point of View Award and an Honorable Mention for Best Pitch! Check out this video that one of our students made about the event! 

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!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

Ambassador Samantha Power at Curtis High School
Ambassador Samantha Power at Curtis High School
A global justice workshop at the Annual Conference
A global justice workshop at the Annual Conference
Global Kids Leaders at the Social Justice Expo
Global Kids Leaders at the Social Justice Expo
GK students winning Emoti-Con
GK students winning Emoti-Con's Best Pitch Award
Kazi interviews Annie about Climate Activism
Kazi interviews Annie about Climate Activism

Dear Friend,

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:

  • Special screanings of the film "Selma" in various theaters throughout New York City and Washington, DC for over 200 students.
  • A teach-in at Global Kids Headquarters during which high school students led mini workshops for middle school students, providing an opportunity for all youth to reflet on the movie, hear opinions from their schoolmates, and share their knowledge on human rights and social justice.
  • Students from Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY volunteered at Project Hospitality and prepared food packages for homeless families.
  • Students from the Academy for Health Careers and William Cullen Bryant High School, both located in Queens, NY, volunteered with Repair the World and the Met Council to create materials and food bags for a Know Your Rights training.
  • Students in Washington, DC were so inspired by the film screening that they voted to dedicate a full program week to further discuss the teachings of Dr. King and social justice issues. They also celebrated Black History Month throughout February by engaging in a social media campaign called "We Hold These Truths" in partnership with the DC Trust.

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 anasofia@globalkids.org.

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!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

GK Leaders volunteering on MLK Day
GK Leaders volunteering on MLK Day
The Annual Youth Conference Planning Retreat
The Annual Youth Conference Planning Retreat
The Conference Planning Committee
The Conference Planning Committee's weekly session
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
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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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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Evie Hanzopoulos

Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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