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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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Mar 28, 2014

Global Kids is Celebrating 25 Years!

GK Students at Bryant High School
GK Students at Bryant High School's Rooftop Garden

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:

  •   At Bryant High School in Queens, NY, GK students transformed an unused terrace into a rooftop garden. The new green space, installed in collaboration with the Horticultural Society of New York, was designed and planted by GK students as part of their campaign to promote green roofs for schools in environmentally burdened communities. It features hundreds of herbs, vegetables, perennial shrubs, and colorful flowers, and the garden will be used to teach students about ecology and farming for many years to come!
  •   In Washington, D.C., GK students met face to face with policymakers from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs for a conversation on child labor and human trafficking. They asked questions and had frank discussion with the people who are on the frontlines of decision-making on these critical human rights issues. After the visit, GK students developed their own projects aimed at ending child labor, filmed their proposals, and submitted the finished products to the officials they met.
  •   In March 2014, two GK students traveled to Slovenia and Croatia for the first global partnership meeting of SustainAware, an international collaborative effort among eight youth organizations from all around the world. The collective is seeking to promote the inclusion of young people in sustainable development policy decisions. GK student Samri Hadgu was interviewed by a local Croatian radio station about her participation and what SustainAware is hoping to achieve. To keep up with the adventures of our GK students’ participating in SustainAware, check out their new blog! 

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!

GK Student Samri Hadgu is interviewed in Croatia
GK Student Samri Hadgu is interviewed in Croatia

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Sep 23, 2013

Thank you for supporting Global Kids

GK Students Hear Malala Speak at the U.N.
GK Students Hear Malala Speak at the U.N.

Global Kids would like to thank you for your generous contributionWe 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.

Jun 13, 2013

Report on 2012-2013 Global Kids Activities

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:

  • After School Leadership focuses on developing students’ understanding of crucial international policy issues and building their communication and leadership skills in order to educate their peers on these issues.
  • The Annual Youth Conference, an all-day event, planned and executed entirely by students, that annually educates over 600 youth, educators and others about such topics as politics, environmental sustainability, and global conflict.
  • College and Career Readiness, which involves participants in college and career workshops and provides them with work internships, college visits, and ongoing support with the college application and financial aid processes.
  • The Online Leadership Program, in which youth learn to design, produce, and use digital media, including virtual worlds, blogs, podcasts and multimedia presentations to educate their peers on global issues of concern.
  • The Human Rights Activist Project, a unique service learning opportunity for 75 diverse youth to research and advocate for the human rights and social justice issues affecting them and their communities.
  • Undesirable Elements, an educational theater piece, written and performed by the participants, that incorporates world history, students’ cultural heritage and personal stories, and critical current events.
  • The U.S. in the World Institute, an intensive three week summer learning experience, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, the world’s leading international affairs think tank, that involves students in the world of foreign policy through workshops with leading foreign policy experts, visits to such organizations as the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, collaboration with international youth, and a commitment to year-long service learning projects.
  • Young Leaders on the Rise is a transition to high school program for incoming 9th graders, which aims to ensure that all students advance to the 10th grade and which immerses them in the culture and community of the school.

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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