Global Kids Inc.

Global Kids works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world. Our vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society.
Feb 16, 2017

GK Leaders Power Through the Winter!

Students Participate in GK Teach-In
Students Participate in GK Teach-In

Dear Friend,

Global Kids students have remained committed and resilient throughout the winter months. They have demonstrated persistence in their commitment to academic success, human rights advocacy, and partnership building, exceeding expectations at every step of the way

In-School and Afterschool Programming

  • In the first week of the new year, Global Kids hosted students from the Japanese youth development organization, Katariba, bringing their summer exchange program full circle. Through the student trip, Japanese youth reflected on themes of multiculturalism in NYC schools by engaging in activities with various GK programs and students throughout the week. They participated in Global Kids’ Undesirable Elements youth arts program where they learned cultural dances and rhythms from different parts of the world and learned what it meant to turn the descriptor “undesirable” around to be used as a source of empowerment. They visited Curtis High School in Staten Island where they shadowed a GK Leader to gain insight into the life of a typical NYC public school student. They also engaged in cultural exchange activities as a group in GK’s afterschool space. The program ended with a potluck dinner where former Japan Trip participants brought dishes from their own cultures to share with the students and educators from Japan.
  • We are thrilled to announce that Global Kids has launched a new Citywide Afterschool Program. The Hack for Impact Lab is Global Kids’ latest digital media program and will serve as a civic design studio through which students gain 21st century skills and acquire digital learning tools. Students will address a local or global challenge by leveraging technologies such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Scratch and MIT App Inventor.

International Adventures

  • Morocco Trip: The morning after this year's presidential election, four Global Kids students and one educator traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22. The group went to as many UN events as possible, but learned that youth were often not included in the major United Nations climate meetings. GK Leaders Kate and Mai reflected, “While we often felt left out because of our age, we found other ways to learn, grow and make our voices heard." From informal chat sessions with fellow climate activists at their youth hostel to marching in a 350.org sponsored climate rally to leading interactive workshops on climate justice issues for fellow youth climate activists at the American School in Marrakesh, the GK Leaders made their voices heard. One of the highlights of the trip was a luncheon with Ambassador Dwight Bush at the US Embassy in Morocco. After their packed week of climate change activist work, the group took an overnight trip in the Sahara.
  • Click here to read Kate and Mai's blog post about their roles as youth activists at COP22 on The Huffington Post.
  • And check out photos from the trip on our Flickr page.

Upcoming Programming

  • 29th Annual Global Kids Youth Conference: Students are busy designing workshops for this year’s conference theme of “Discrimination.” The workshops will include an icebreaker, a main activity led by students that promotes discussion, and a guest speaker. We anticipate over 600 youth and educators to attend The Annual Youth Conference.
  • Youth Climate Justice Activism Gathering & Panel Discussion: In March, 2017, students and community leaders will gather for a lively conversation on the power of youth activism in environmental justice campaigns at Global Kids’ headquarters in Manhattan. This panel will serve as an opportunity to join in solidarity with other youth activists and share community organizing strategies in the field. The event will host a panel of passionate community leaders who have worked with young people and/or recognized the role of young people as change makers.
  • COP22 Marrakech Talk Back: Also in February, the four program participants that traveled to Morocco in November 2016 will present on their experience at the Climate Change Conference, answer questions from community members, and share plans to continue their work in the field of climate justice. The event will be held at Global Kids’ headquarters in Manhattan and will be open to board members, students, parents, educators, and community members.

Community Building

  • Global Kids Post-Election Teach-In: In response to concerns about the presidential election results, Global Kids hosted a "Teach-In" with our high school students, staff and expert speakers.  The event created a space for the youth and adults to discuss their concerns and learn about their rights. Racism, immigration, Russian relations, Muslim registry, deportations, prejudice and foreign policy were among the many issues the students raised during the evening. The audience heard from Rocio Silverio, Kinship Coordinator, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (and a Global Kids alumna); and Rama Issa-Ibrahim, Lead Advisor-Community Relations Bureau, NYC Commission on Human Rights. At the end of the event, students articulated to us  support and guidance they want from Global Kids in the coming years.

We are so proud of the work our young people have already accomplished this year and cannot wait to see the rest of the school year unfold! Keep up with the adventures on Global Kids’ Tumblr page and keep a close eye out for updates on our Annual Youth Conference!

Japanese Students Visit Curtis High School
Japanese Students Visit Curtis High School
GK Students at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco
GK Students at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco
GK Students Ride Camels in Morocco
GK Students Ride Camels in Morocco

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Nov 18, 2016

Starting off the New School Year in Stride!

Human Right Activist Program at the No DaPL rally
Human Right Activist Program at the No DaPL rally

Dear Friend,

Global Kids is in full swing with programming for the new school year! We're back in almost 30 schools in New York City and Washington, D.C. with engaging in-school and out-of-school programming. Here are some of the highlights!

School Programming

  • For the first time, we're introducing digital media curriculum to elementary students at PS 96. Through a generous grant from The New York Community Trust, Global Kids will launch Girl Hack tech program for girls in grades 9-12 at John Adams High School, High School for Global Citizenship, William Cullen Bryant High School and Curtis High School. Students in Girl Hack will explore domestic global girls' and women's issues through game design and computer programming.
  • Our Citywide programs this year are Human Rights Activist Project, Citywide Leadership, and Undesirable Elements.
  • We're continuing our work in the community schools and enhancing our programs here. At John Adams High School, we helped open a state of the art meditation room and will be working with the school to implement a comprehensive mental health and wellness curriculum.

International Adventures

  • Four Global Kids students from our Human Rights Activist Project and one GK Trainer are currently traveling in Morocco to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22). While in Marrakesh, the group is meeting with representatives from the UN and local government officials to discuss climate change issues, participate in official United Nations climate change sessions, and work with local youth activists to find out what they are doing to combat climate change. All four youth activists want to make their voices heard at the conference because, as one of the trip participants stated, "Young people all over the world are going to face the effects of climate change. If we are the ones to face climate change, then we are the ones who must find the solutions."

Community Building

  • Global Kids’ is continuing its summer Youthmarket initiative into the Fall, partnering with GrowNYC to bring the initiative to Astoria, Queens. Youthmarket is part of a network of urban farm stands that employs neighborhood youth to sell produce grown in area farms as well as providing nutritional education and cooking demonstrations. Three Global Kids youth are currently working at the market. “Youthmarket brings together many issues Global Kids students are passionate about --food justice, environmental sustainability and youth empowerment,” says Evie, GK's Executive Director. 

We are so proud of the work our young people have already accomplished this year and cannot wait to see the rest of the school year unfold! Keep up with the adventures on Global Kids’ Tumblr page and keep a close eye out for updates from the Morocco trip.

 

Best Wishes,

Reavey


 

Students hard at work!
Students hard at work!
Getting ready for college with GK trainers!
Getting ready for college with GK trainers!
State of the art meditation room!
State of the art meditation room!
Students participate on Election Day
Students participate on Election Day
Aug 25, 2016

Summer Adventures and College & Career Explorations at Global Kids!

GK Leader with Japanese peers
GK Leader with Japanese peers

Dear Friend,

It has been an adventurous summer for our Global Kids Leaders, whether they are exploring college and career options or traveling abroad! Below are some of our favorite highlights from the last few months.

Summer Programming:

  • Rising seniors from Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) participated in a College and Career Intensive Week, during which they were exposed to various careers and academic options once they graduate from high school. During a field trip to the offices of Goldman Sachs in New York City, the students met professionals from the the Urban Investment Group and the Environmental Markets Group, who gave great career advice. They reminded our students to see college as an investment in themselves.
  • Rising seniors at John Adams High School in Queens also got a jump start on the college process at their College and Career Summer Institute. Students worked on their college applications, learned about college options, prepared resumes, and were introduced to various career choices. The students also took a trip to tour Stony Brook University, where they met with admissions officers, toured the campus, and spoke with students and professors from the Psychology Department.

International Adventures:

  • In June, ten Global Kids Leaders from John Adams High School in Queens took an incredible trip to Panama, Guatemala, and El Salvador on Peace Boat. The students met with indigenous communities, learned about local peace efforts, discussed ways to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and much more.
  • Fifteen Global Kids Leaders from Washington, DC traveled to South Africa in late July to learn about the impact and aftermath of Apartheid. In addition to hearing about the experiences of individuals who lived through Apartheid and partnering on projects with local youth, the DC students also led activities for refugee children at Sacred Heart College in Soweto, visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, engaged with their peers at The Rainbow Academy, Claremont High School, and Westerford High School in Cape Town, and visited community members and leaders from Langa Township and Gugulethu Township.
  • Also in late July, ten Global Kids Leaders from NYC went to Japan for two weeks. Students engaged with youth from Katariba, and together they examined the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Global Kids students also visited the coastal towns of Onagawa and Ishinomaki in the Tohoku region and met with residents who survived the tsunami. Our students are now creating a geo-locative game for young children in Japan that will help them memorize a route to safety should another tsunami strike the area.

During the international trips, Global Kids Leaders were encouraged to blog about their impressions as a way to share their experiences with their peers back home and abroad, You can read these blog posts on their Tumblr page by clicking here! All three groups of travelers will also hold talk-back sessions in the fall semester to share what they learned and what they brought back home to their communities. These sessions are open to family, friends, and the general public, so if you happen to be in New York City or Washington, DC, please join us!

These life-changing and transformative experiences that Global Kids offers to underserved youth during the summer are only possible thanks to support from friends such as yourself, for which we are truly grateful. We hope you’ve had a great summer, and we look forward to sharing all of the exciting things that we are planning for the new school year!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

GK Leaders at The Rainbow Academy in South Africa
GK Leaders at The Rainbow Academy in South Africa
The Peace Boat cohort in Guatemala
The Peace Boat cohort in Guatemala
Enjoying the festivities in Ishinomaki, Japan
Enjoying the festivities in Ishinomaki, Japan
GK and South African youth prep for a meeting
GK and South African youth prep for a meeting
All aboard the Peace Boat!
All aboard the Peace Boat!
 
   

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