Sep 7, 2021

Today Show Feature and Program Highlights

New Orleans Travel
New Orleans Travel

Global Kids is happy to report that after a year of unprecedented challenges, and more that have come up over the last few months, our students are thriving and continue to showcase their resiliency to each other as well as their communities. Depsite the last year, 100% of our seniors graduated from high school, with 91% heading off to college this fall. Below is just a few of the highlights of the last few months - and we can't wait to see what is in store as we return back to school.

Youth Leaders tell their stories to The Today Show's Carson Daly 

In collaboration with the Walton Family Foundation, Global Kids Youth Leaders sat down with The Today Show’s  Carson Daly to reflect on how the pandemic has shaped more than a year of their lives. The difficulties of distance learning, lack of in-person connection with peers, and new household responsibilities contributed to mental health challenges, with students feeling varying degrees of grief, stress, and anxiety. Yet despite this, our youth also shared how they are moving forward and finding ways to destigmatize mental health issues. We're so proud of our youth for showing up each day and speaking their truth for everyone to hear. Click here to watch the full video. 

New Orleans Trip with Black Birthright 

One of our GK leaders, who is also a youth board member, and rising senior was nominated to be the 2020 scholar for Black Birthright, a non-profit committed to creating and advancing educational and economic opportunities for people of the African Diaspora. Every year Black Birthright nominates youth to explore their roots and travel to Africa to learn about their culture.  Due to COVID restrictions, the trip was postponed until this summer where students were able to explore black history through an American context by enjoying the rich culture of New Orleans - experiencing art, music, food and more. Through the trip they were able to learn about the connection to Louisiana and West Africa, the scared grounds of Congo Square, the Free People of Color and the social impact of black businesses. 

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) 

Students who participated in SYEP this summer developed their professional skills and learned strategic ways to make positive impacts within their communities. Our freshmen and sophomores were tasked with presenting their final action projects via Zoom, with topics focused on climate change, gender equality, immigration policies, racial justice, and more. Meanwhile, the juniors and seniors worked at a variety of worksites: tech agencies, political offices, museums and art institutions, nonprofit organizations and small local businesses, digital media agencies, and educational programs. Our student interns learned college and career-ready skills and, networked with professionals, gaining insight into their future careers and interests.  

Summer Bridge Programs

Global Kids hosted a two-day Summer Bridge program giving students the motivation and encouragements needed to prepare for heading back to in-perspn school. The program was geared towards 9th and 10th graders to provide a space for them to connect with each other, learn about the school, play games and participate in fun activities like creating a vision board and tie-dye shirts. This was a great opportunity for our youth and staff to feel comfortable and safe as we return back to school.

Houston Energy Policy Summer Institute 

Seven students in Houston, Texas were nominated to join GK for the return of the Energy Policy Summer Institute. After a year off due to COVID, GK was able to host a two-week, virtual program in partnership with The African American Library at the Gregory SchoolThroughout the program, students learned about energy policy and how it intersects with energy justice, energy production and consumption, climate change, economic justice, and other global issues, while enhancing their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills through interactive workshops, virtual field trips, virtual college visits, and network with guest speakers. “Participation meant that I was in an elite group of learners who are all passionate about the same things I am which enables academic conversation and thus influences learning” said one rising 9th grader. After the program, 80% of students felt that they have the ability to influence U.S. energy policy, while 100% believe they have the ability to influence and educate their community.  

"US in the World" Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations 

This year's three-week U.S. in the World Summer Institute was held virtually for the second year in a row, with 26 high school students from NYC and D.C.  During the institute, students learned about various global issues through workshops, while interacting with leading experts on international relations. Our youth focused on topics of current relevance like democracy and contested elections and had the opportunity to interact with the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Richard Haass. Scholars participated in a ‘model diplomacy,’ a simulation based on real global issues, and were assigned 'Humanitarian Intervention in South Sudan as their test case. Students researched, debated, and finally voted on the course of action the UN Security Council should take in the case of South Sudan. For the program's conclusion, students worked on action projects to educate their peers about what they learned during the institute.

Summer Rising Program 

Thanks to the collaboration with NYC's Department of Education academics and our GK school-based enrichment programming, we were able to provide The Summer Rising Program for our middle school youth. The program allowed students to get out of the house and away from their devices to refamiliarize themselves with the school environment. Youth were encouraged to get out of their comfort zone by socializing, interacting, engaging with staff and friends, and taking part in collaborative projects to learn about their culture, different identities and sharing what they hoped to get out of GK. They had fun while preparing for school, ensuring that the transition back to in-person learning this fall will be seamless. 

US In the World Summer Institute
US In the World Summer Institute

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May 10, 2021

Reflection on the Resilience of GK Youth Leaders

Female Leaders in Social Movements
Female Leaders in Social Movements

It has been a year of unprecedented experience for our youth, staff, families and community at Global Kids.The COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with increased violence against our BIPOC communities and economic and racial disparitieshas shaped more than a year of our lives, canceling plans, causing feelings of grief, stress and anxiety and shaping the way we look at our our access to good healthcare, wellness supports and educational services. However, one thing has remained constant Global Kids has continued to show up, provide essential resources and services to our youth and families and even look internally, developing a bi-weekly Antiracists Pedagogy Training series focused on developing a shared understanding.

College and Career

With support from our highly qualified staff, our youth have been able to meet these challenges head on. Our seniors will be graduating from high school and are being admitted to their colleges of choice, including Penn State, Cornell, and various CUNYs. One was selected as the 2021 POSSE scholar and will be heading to Lafayette in the fall. We are so proud of these achievements and grateful for the support of all those who have donated their time, energy, and expertise towards developing our GK Leaders' college and career readiness skills this past year.

Annual Youth Conference

Our youth also designed and implemented their second successful virtual Annual Youth Conference on April 1 with “Government, Economic Equality, and Human Rights” as the conference theme. The conference brought hundreds of young people together who facilitated workshops on topics such as poverty criminalization, child labor, immigration, and other government-related human rights violations.The day featured many creative performances and special guests including keynote speaker, Zama Neff the executive director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch.

 

Round Tables

Global Kids’ partnerships with the Council on Foreign Relations, the world’s leading international affairs think tank, has given our young people unique access to some of the world’s leading foreign policy experts. The CFR Round tables provide GK Leaders with an opportunity to learn from experts on various foreign policy topics. Each includes a presentation and a lengthy Q&A session, which affords students a window into the world of policy deliberation and analysis and empowers them to have confidence in their ability to voice their opinions. GK students attended round tables with experts in their fields such as: 

 

  • Meighan Stone who spoke with students on the topic ofwomen and girl leaders in social movements (she has worked with Malala Yousafzai), with a tie into cross-cultural learning in organizing movements; 
  • Charlie Kupchanwho led a conversation focused on U.S. isolationism and what to expect for U.S. involvement globally under the Biden administration; 
  • Paul Angelo,CFR fellow for Latin American Studies, whofocused on the current political protests in Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala; and 
  • Rob Knakewho discussed the November Presidential election, specifically focusing on the importance of cybersecurity.

Social and Emotional Supports

Supporting students’ social and emotional (SEL) needs continues to be critical. Restorative Circlesguidedstudents on how to use and apply SEL techniques as they navigate their world at this time. It included workshops on Healthy Relationships, Basic Needs, Zero Tolerance, Conflicts, and Expressing Affection. Guest speakers from Safe spoke aboutHealthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships and Breaking Down Racism. In Peacekeepers, students continue to gain conflict resolution skills and address bullying and other forms of discrimination. Workshops focused on self-awareness, morals and ethics, social movements, affinity groups, resolutions, local and global movements, and a virtual visit from the Animal Care Centers of NY. Finally, we continued to offer choice-based enrichment clubs inSpanish, Anime, Minecraft, Yoga, Evening Yoga, Photography, Cooking, Writing, Dance, Global Art, Funny Girls (improv), Bro Code, and Market Makers(financial literacy).

GK Annual Youth Conference
GK Annual Youth Conference

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Jan 8, 2021

Fall into Winter GK Youth Update

GK Middle School
GK Middle School

Due to the uncertainty around schools reopening, and programming protocols, all Global Kids programs were off to a staggered start this year. This prompted a later start to the enrollment period, changes in enrollment processes for some of our contracts and multiple changes in the start to the school year – all of which are related to the COVID pandemic. While most of our programs are operating remotely, some of our staff are supporting students in person at the school sites. 

Along with our outreach to students and our school partners, Global Kids was able to run some bridge programs to introduce and welcome students back to Global Kids, kicked off several programs including Power of Citizenry, College and Career Readiness, HRAP, clubs and others. We also resumed our Council on Foriegn Relations (CFR) roundtables virtually in October of 2020 with CFRfellowRob Knakewho spoke about the elections and cybersecurity. To continue supporting staff’s ongoing learning, we launched our new staff professional development series this fall which focused on our anti-racist work. 

Lastly, Global Kids was extremely proud and humbled to be named by Nonprofit New York as the Overall Management Excellence Winner for its 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards! This win is an incredible honor for all of us at Global Kids, and indicative of the commitment and passion that all of our staff brings to fulfilling GK's mission of educating, activating and inspiring students to become civically engaged participants in our democracy.

As Overall Winner, in addition to being awarded $30,000 to continue our programming, GK leadership was also asked to take part in two panels at the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Global Kids Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos participated in the "From Crisis To Recovery: The Current State of the Sector" panel. Panelists spoke on how nonprofits have been handling the pandemic and supporting their staff and communities through these difficult times. You can watch the panel here. In "More Than a Protest Slogan: Making Anti-Racism Real in Your Organization," GK Director of Programs Yvonne Brathwaite spoke about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion best practices. You can watch the panel here.
Global Kids and Art and Design High School Youth Celebrate Suffragettes of Color With Portraits Across NYC.
From October 15th to November 3rd, 2020, Global Kids, in partnership with LinkNYC and the High School of Art and Design, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote with portraits of Suffragettes of Color displayed in Link kiosks across New York City.
Global Kids youth leaders at the High School of Art and Design conducted research and then selected ten prominent women of color who made a significant impact in their fight for equality and Woman’s Suffrage. The artwork for this campaign was created as part of Global Kids’ Girl Hack digital education program.
See the full project and learn more about the suffragettes featured in it here.
College and Career Readiness 
This fall our College and Career Readiness Program has primarily focused on seniors as they are in the midst of applying for colleges at a time when there is less support provided by their schools. Students attend specialized college-centered workshops to stay on track with the college application process. The program opened with a Senior Kick Off party where students were able to process their emotions around the college process, learn key terms and concepts, and review a timeline for the coming months. They also attended workshops on creating the college list, completing the Common app and the CUNY app, as well as writing college essaysStudents are also encouraged to connect with trainers for individual supportWalso offered larger events including: a Virtual College Fair with speakers from Macaulay Honors College, St. Francis and HBCU Hub; a College Application Party; Macaulay Honors College Info Session for Juniors and Seniors, and a special presentation from Judy Young of College Excellence
Power of Citizenry Leadership program
Global Kids Youth leaders began by exploring the theme “Who’s Got the Power”. They learned about different forms of governments around the world, examined how political beliefs are formed, learned about the U.S. election process through an interactive online simulation, and discussed their own opinions on different political issues. Students processed their feelings and thoughts about the current election including how it was different from years past due to COVID 19. Students learned about how we can build power at the local level, highlighting the importance of making phone calls to local elected officials. Every week students were encouraged to take action in Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts by encouraging their friends, family and community members to know their voting plan and to vote. 

Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) 

The youth leaders focused on cohort building and helping students understand the basics: who, what, where, why and how of community organizing. Students learned how to differentiate between organizing, activism, and social movements and gained tools for organizing in their communities. They analyzed issues that affect their communities and ways to build successful campaigns around these issues. The program hosted a panel featuring community organizers representing healthcare, immigration, climate change, education, criminal justice, and housing and racial justice. During the panel, students asked questions and learned about the issues and tactics to prepare for their own campaigns for social change. 

GK Middle School
GK Middle School
GK Youth Leaders Art
GK Youth Leaders Art
GK Youth Leaders Art
GK Youth Leaders Art
GK Youth Leaders Welcome Back
GK Youth Leaders Welcome Back
GK Youth Leaders Welcome Back
GK Youth Leaders Welcome Back
 
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