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!
Global Kids (GK) is thrilled to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary, and we are honored that you play such an important role in our success! In our efforts to continue inspiring urban youth to achieve academic excellence and become global citizens, GK students have kept busy in their local and global communities. Some highlights from this past fall and winter include:
Thanks to your support, the youth of today are empowered to take action, excel in school, and become global leaders. We you are grateful for your generosity and belief in what we do. We are looking forward to the next 25 years with our partners!
Global Kids would like to thank you for your generous contribution. We are honored by your gift, which will help Global Kids continue pursuing its mission to inspire urban youth to achieve academic excellence and become informed global citizens. This summer, GK students expanded their horizons through service-learning trips to Bosnia and Costa Rica. They campaigned for education reform both nationally and globally, at the Free Minds, Free People Conference in Chicago and at the United Nations, where they heard Malala Yousafzai speak about the challenges young women face in order to receive an education in Pakistan. In NYC, our students designed new models for green roofs and enironmentally-conscious video games through our Environmental Justice Institute and our Playing for Keeps programs.
Through this range of innovative and challenging programming, Global Kids youth learned not only about the world around them, but also how to make an impact, in their schools, in their local communities, and on the global stage. Empowered with the skills necessary for academic achievement, civic engagement, and professional success, GK Leaders are poised for broad horizons and bright futures. Our work would not be possible without friends like you, and we are truly grateful for your support.
In 2012-2013 Global Kids provided services to more than 600 students directly, through in-school and afterschool programs at 15 school sites in New York City and four in Washington, DC, as well as at our Manhattan headquarters. The core group of Global Kids student leaders participate in the Power of Citizenry leadership program, which engages students through weekly interactive workshops, field trips, guest speakers, and other educational activities that inform participants about critical international and public policy issues, develops their leadership, critical thinking, and communications skills, and prepares them for higher education and the 21st century workplace. This core activity is supplemented with a variety of other programs, which consist of:
Additionally, another 15,000 were reached through peer education workshops, conferences, and other special activities, and thousands more through our Online Leadership Program. In 2011-2012, the most recent year for which data is available, 96% of the seniors in our NYC programs graduated from high school and 87% of those seniors went on to attend college. In Washington, DC, 100% of our seniors graduated, of whom 100% were accepted to and are attending college. These data stand in stark contrast to the most recent available graduation rates for NYC and DC, which are 61% and 56% respectively. Additionally, our outcomes assessment data show that, among 2011-2012 participants: 89% agreed that GK has changed the way they look at issues in the world and in their communities. Eighty-four percent agreed they have increased interest in domestic and international issues. Results also showed that the majority of youth could accomplish seven leadership competencies that include: public speaking, peer education, digital media, critical thinking, respect for diversity, decision-making, and advocacy. Seventy-four percent of youth responded that they can accomplish these skills “very well” and “mostly” on their own. Sixteen percent can accomplish these skills with some help. Ninety-six percent of seniors served in 2010-11 graduated from high school, of whom 89% are in college, 4% are working, and 7% are applying to college and/or looking for work.
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