May 16, 2017

A Full and Exciting Spring for GK Leaders!

Global Kids Leader speaks at Earth Day Rally
Global Kids Leader speaks at Earth Day Rally

Dear Friend,

Happy Spring! Global Kids is pleased to report on several recent accomplishments. As the school year nears its end, Global Kids Leaders are demonstrating a renewed level of commitment to academic excellence, digital learning, civic engagement, leadership, and community advocacy.

Some of the spectacular events of this spring include:

New York City Events

Students from Global Kids' Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) led an Environmental Activists Panel Discussion on the topic of environmental justice at Global Kids headquarters. Climate justice activists from UPROSE, WeAct and The Point spoke about how they became involved in the environmental justice movement. Many were inspired to join this movement because they grew up in communities that have been historically left out of negotiations when it comes to how pollution and climate change affect their neighborhoods.

This year’s Annual Youth Conference, which was held on April 26th, was a great success! Global Kids Leaders elected the topic of Discrimination with the slogan End Discrimination in our Generation! and engaged over 600 youth and educators from New York City. Activities from the event, which GK students planned, organized, and implemented themselves, included workshops, performances, and guest speakers that shed light on the various and intersectional topics surrounding discrimination. Subtopics included ageism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia,

Almost 50 GK Leaders attended the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29th, 2017. This event was a tremendous opportunity for our youth to network with fellow youth activists and elevate their voices in the nation’s capital. In preparation for the long day trip from New York City to Washington, DC, Global Kids’ HRAP team held their first everworkshop entitled Art & Activism to infuse art with environmental activism. The event hosted local artists from New York City who provided youth with tools and instruction to amplify their message through artwork, designing campaign signs and banners aligned with the March’s platform. Read GK Leader Kate’s @HuffPost piece on why she marched.

Global Kids Leaders from high schools across New York City participated in National College Signing Day on May 5th as part of Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” campaign. Student created banners, wore their school colors, and celebrated their accomplishments as a group. This fall, they will be attending schools such as Lafayette College, Northeastern University, University of Albany, Centre College, and Adelphi University.

On March 6th, youth from Global Kids’ Undesirable Elements theatre project performed a piece at the Heart Across Queens Community Voices Performance in Socrates Park. The performance piece wove together their cultural heritage, personal stories, world history, and current events to share compelling stories that tackle difficult issues such as globalization, immigration, and poverty. Conducted in collaboration with Ping Chong & Company, Undesirable Elements combines dance, music, spoken word and theater to create a moving and unforgettable experience.

Global Kids recently hosted two Career Day events: First, a Bank of America career panel at Bronx School for Writers and Artists, and second, AOL hosted a Monster Help Day at John Adams Community School in Queens. Additionally, students from our Digital Learning and Leadership program are looking forward to two upcoming career days before the end of the year!

Washington DC Events

On February 10th, Global Kids was presented with the First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Education Gala. The outstanding service award pays tribute to those who have significantly increased understanding of public education or have otherwise dedicated themselves to serving educators and students.

Global Kids at the U.S. State Department: The Pickering & Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA) organized a career day at the State Department for our 12th grade interested in global affairs and international careers. The students met with foreign service officers representing Kenya, Nigeria, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Mexico. They participated in two panels covering major global issues and career options within the State Department. Melissa Clegg-Tripp, the Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Director in the Bureau of African Affairs, was the keynote speaker for the event

Upcoming Programming

Planning is underway for Global Kids’ 2nd Annual Youth Conference in Washington, D.C. Global Kids students are determined to build on the success of last year’s conference to join together youth and civic leaders from around the city to highlight and discuss issues relating to the human trafficking field. As with the New York City Conference, students take it upon themselves to plan, design, and manage the event, including workshops, performances and guest speakers.

Global Kids is excited to announce that we will be hosting our Youth Ambassadors Program for a third year in a row! This year, 7 students will be traveling to Japan to participate in a service-learning project with fellow Japanese students. During the trip, participants will engage in peer education, structured interaction with their Japanese peers, collaborative documenting, and service activities focused on rebuilding and providing support to local marginalized communities in the Tohoku region. Japanese and American students will explore issues that affect them directly, such as the history of US-Japan relations, globalization, the local impact of current global events, and foreign and social policy.

Global Kids Leaders from Washington, D.C. are gearing up for an exciting opportunity to travel abroad as part of the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Initiative. Plans are in place to travel to Kenya to engage in service learning and leadership development programming. Stay tuned for trip updates!

 

Follow us on twitter @globalkids to stay updated on our end of year showcases and summer programming! We look forward to sharing with you.

Art Build! Making signs and banners for the March
Art Build! Making signs and banners for the March
Global Kids receives NEA Foundation Award
Global Kids receives NEA Foundation Award
Undesirable Elements performs at the Conference!
Undesirable Elements performs at the Conference!
Beautiful performance by Global Kids Leaders
Beautiful performance by Global Kids Leaders
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
 
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