Feb 6, 2018

Read about our amazing youth leaders!

Dear Friends,

Happy Winter! It may be cold in New York (and D.C.) but our youth show no sign of stopping in their efforts to make change in their local and global communities. Read below to hear about some of the amazing work they have been doing!

Middle Schoolers Help Those in Need

Global Kids middle schoolers at Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics have been examining poverty in their communities and around the world. Their culminating project was a food/item drive where they collected canned food, medical supplies, and basic hygienic products to donate to organizations who help those in need. After considering their options, students chose two organizations - The Bowery Mission in New York City, and The Puerto Rican Family Institute for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

Students created flyers, decorated collection boxes, and spread the word about the items. Global Kids will also be running a "Cupcakes for Cans" campaign during the last week of the drive, encouraging students to bring in canned goods in exchange for a treat. The students have learned that helping others is important for our community and it feels great!

High School Students Pitch In to Help Their Community

Global Kids Leaders from John Adams High School's Newcomers Small Learning Center volunteered on their day off on Election Day to participate in a community clean-up project. They were tasked with the responsibility to clean up around the school, community and the underpass by the A train. Over 34 students participated in this community service project to advocate for a cleaner community.

Making Connections in DC

Global Kids-DC's city-wide program has partnered with nearby Dunbar High School's English Language Learners (ELL) department to bring their youth to GK-DC's Friday afternoons at Shaw Library. The students who are from Washington, DC have an opportunity to meet with young people from Cote D'Ivoire, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, and Ethiopia. Recently, they exchanged both language and perspectives on human rights.

GK Human Rights Activists Take on Climate Change

Youth from Global Kids’ Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP), which addresses the absence of youth voices in the public policy decision-making process, have spent the last several months mobilizing community members in the fight against climate change and amplifying their collective voice through public speaking and art activism. In collaboration with Rachel Schragis--a visual artist, cultural organizer, and youth worker referred to HRAP by 350.org--project participants created artistic renderings for the Sandy5 March, which celebrated the 5th anniversary of SuperStorm Sandy. Just a few days later, youth from across school sites joined the HRAP cohort to attended the Sunrise Movement’s Day of Dedication.  The Sunrise Movement, a campaign focused on capturing the current political discourse regarding climate change and climate justice, created the Day to unite young people and provide space to “reflect and recommit” to fighting for a better future and stopping the climate crisis. GK youth participated in the Day by bringing letters or artifacts to be placed in a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years. Prior to the event, HRAP students wrote letters to their future grandchildren and future selves to be placed in a time capsule. The letters spoke to students’ hopes and aspirations for the fight to end climate change and injustice.

Citywide Leadership

Students in GK’s Friday Citywide Leadershipprogram, representing 16 different schools, have spent their weekly meetings exploring how their diversity facilitates a strong learning environment. Soon they will focus on human rights topics, such as women's rights and immigration in preparation for the start of Annual Youth Conference planning!

 

We expect a busy spring and hope you will tune in to hear more about the work of Global Kids’ phenomenal youth leaders!



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Nov 9, 2017

Happy Fall from Global Kids!

Global Kids 5K Run/Walk/Push participants!
Global Kids 5K Run/Walk/Push participants!

Dear Friends,

After a busy summer of international travel, internships, and summer institutes, our afterschool programming has kicked into full gear. Here are some highlights about the amazing work our young people are undertaking!

New York City Events

The war in Syria, International Monetary Fund policies, climate change, and global election trends were among the many hot-button foreign policy topics at the Global Kids’ Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Twenty-one students from across the city spent three weeks at the CFR hearing from such international relations experts as Ambassador John Campbell, former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin, and CFR Senior Fellow Shannon O'Neil, and participated in daily workshops and seminars led by GK staff and CFR staff. They took field trips to the World Economic Forum, the United States Mission to the United Nations, the United Nations, and Adelphi University.  They also visited and heard from journalists at The New York Times on the importance of journalistic integrity, the future of print journalism and some amazing stories of their reporting from around the world.

On October 14th, Global Kids held our annual 5K Run/Walk Push at Flushing Meadows Park. It was a great success! With support from runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors, and donors, we raised over $30,000 for our College and Career Readiness Program. The event brought together 250+ participants, and all the proceeds will support college exploration workshops and trips, one-on-one help with applications and financial aid, career days, scholarships, and more. Check out more photos of the event on our flickr page!

International Travel

In partnership with the DC Department of Employment Services, 12 GK-DC Leaders in the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute traveled to South Africa for a cultural exchange and service learning trip. The students engaged with politicians, activists, US diplomatic officials, community leaders, and South African youth.  Some highlights from the trip included exploring the intersection of apartheid and youth activism at the Apartheid Museum, visiting the Langa Township, seeing the conditions at Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 17 years in prison, and celebrating the end of the trip with a half-day safari at Pilanesberg National Park. Through the trip, the students gained insights into the aspirations of the South African people and learned about the complex legacies of historical injustices, some of which persist to this day.

For the third year in row, Global Kids took students from New York City to Japan for a service learning and cultural exchange trip. Global Kids students worked with youth from Futaba Mirai High School creating narratives to dispute prevailing negative notions of their communities. The town of Futuba had its "no-return zone" status lifted a few years ago, but the community still encounters negative media attention. Our students learned how the high schoolers are participating in the revitalization of their community and their efforts to change public opinion of their community. GK youth worked on a service project tending a local garden with their Japanese counterparts. As in the past trips, students lodged with homestay families to gain a greater understanding of Japanese culture.

Summer Programs

This summer, Global Kids ran free four-week middle school summer camps at five schools! The camps provided a enriching, fun space where middle schoolers had opportunities to go on field trips, learn about current issues, develop leadership skills, participate in sports, and create art.  Some of the highlights included going to El Museo del Barrio to work on art projects and learn about local Latin culture, participating in an all-camp wide basketball tournament, visiting the American Museum of Natural History and taking bike riding lessons through the Bike NYC program. It was an awesome summer!

To help rising 6th and 9th graders in their transition to middle school and high school, Global Kids partnered with five of our school sites to help run their "Summer Bridge Programs."  Almost 250 students participated!  High schoolers and middle schoolers had opportunities to get to know their fellow students through team building workshops, service projects and conflict resolution activities.  The students also had opportunities to go on field trips, such as planting a garden at La Libertad Farm and meeting PR professionals at Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

More than 30 students from our program at Transit Tech High School participated in the Summer Internship Program (SIP).  They interned at companies and organizations from TJ Maxx to the African Film Festival to the Brooklyn Public Library.  One of the highlights from the program was having two students produce and co-host an hour long music program on City College's student radio station, WHRC.

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!

 

Best Wishes,

Reavey

GK Leaders discussing foreign policy at the CFR!
GK Leaders discussing foreign policy at the CFR!
Global Kids in Japan
Global Kids in Japan
Aug 10, 2017

Summer is a blast with Global Kids!

GK youth celebrate graduation!
GK youth celebrate graduation!

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for you support and excited to share summer updates from Global Kids! The last few months have been filled with international travel, foreign affairs institutes, digital learning competitions, college visits, graduation celebrations, and more!

New York City Events

Council on Foreign Relations: For the tenth year in a row, Global Kids partnered with the Council on Foreign Relations (CF) to engage thirty high school youth in the U.S. in the World Summer Institute. Over the course of three weeks, students from public high schools all over New York City were exposed to issues at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy making and implementation, and challenging them to examine the process and implications of policy decisions domestically and internationally. Highlights from this year’s program include a simulation on foreign investment followed by a guest speaking event featuring Former Secretary of the US Treasury, Robert Rubin, and a trip to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Community Schools Forum: Finishing the school year with a bang, Global Kids organized forums at the three community schools where we work--John Adams High School, PS 96, and Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists. The event brought together stakeholders from the community-- school administrators and teachers; students and their parents; and local businesses and other community based-organizations. In order to reach as many parents as possible, Global Kids staff led small workshops in languages that the parents felt most comfortable speaking, such as Bengali, Spanish, and Arabic. According Global Kids Executive Director, Evie Hantzopoulos, "It takes administrators, faculty, partners, families and students - the whole community - to create the best space for students to thrive. We are proud to be part of the New York City Board of Education's Community School initiative."

Emoti-con! Tech Conference: Twenty-five Global Kids middle school and high school students presented digital media projects that they've been working on all year at this year's Emoti-con!, NYC's biggest showcase for teen designers, tech makers, artists and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for change. At the event, Global Kids youth shared projects across a range of interest areas, including sexism, poaching, clean water, and emergency preparedness. Congratulations to the students from our Girl Hack programs at John Adams High School and Curtis High School who won the Crowd Favorite for their Scratch games based on women's issues and to the GK youth who developed a geo-locative game while in Japan to help residents find safe passage during a tsunami. They won the award for Best Pitch. 

Washington DC Events

Meridian International Center Visit: Over twenty-five youth representing all six GK-DC programs visited the Meridian International Center to meet with young leaders from the Pan-African Youth Leadership Program. The young people shared experiences about their cultures and exchanged ideas about youth leadership among their respective countries. The evening also included a delicious Kenyan meal and a gum boot performance by a youth dance troupe. GK-DC leaders felt a strong connection with their global peers and are motivated to continue their relationship virtually – and ultimately visit the countries personally.

DC Annual Youth Conference: GK-DC youth held their second annual conference in Washington, DC. The students chose the theme of human trafficking.  Workshops topics included the basics of human trafficking, sex trafficking and labor trafficking. They were also were able to secure volunteers for each of these workshops to act as guest speakers on the topics. Plenary sessions included youth performances and incredible speaker such as Kelsei Wharton from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dan Mackett from International Justice Mission, a detective from the FBI Department for Child Exploitation & Human Trafficking Task Force, and Autumn Williams, U.S. Executive Director at African School for Excellence.

Global Kids DC Summer Institute: Serving nearly fifty participants, the GK-DC summer institute was a five-week foreign policy and social justice program hosted at the Catholic University – space generously donated by our partner Department of Employment Services partner program. The institute was divided into two tracks and served youth from all over Washington, D.C. The program focused on topics such as foreign policy, media skills, leadership development, service-learning, and international career and scholarship opportunities.

International Travel

Stay updated on this summer’s international service-learning trips! Students from GK-DC are currently conducting a 10-day service learning, leadership development trip to South Africa, visiting Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Students from New York City traveled to Japan for a third year in a row to the disaster-affected coastal region of Tohoku. This year, they are conducting a digital storytelling project with youth in the towns of Hirono and Onagawa.

Photos and updates will be posted via our instagram, flickr, and facebook pages shortly!

Participants prepare to present at Emoti-con!
Participants prepare to present at Emoti-con!
Youth discuss foreign policy issues at the CFR
Youth discuss foreign policy issues at the CFR
 
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