Feb 29, 2016

What have GK Leaders been up to in 2016?

GK Leaders at COP21 in Paris, France
GK Leaders at COP21 in Paris, France

Dear Friend,

Global Kids Leaders hit the ground running when they got back from their winter holiday, and it’s full steam ahead for the rest of the school year! Here is what’s been going on since we last sent you some updates:

  • As mentioned previously, we were thrilled to announce that two of our GK Leaders from New York City went to Paris, France for the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference (COP21) in late November. While there, they attended events featuring world leaders, participated in UNICEF’s #YouthPower event, toured the Climate Generations Area, and visited a class at Lycée Gustave Eiffel Vocational High School, where they spoke to French students about their climate change work. Here are the blog posts both GK Leaders published on the GK Tumblr page, in which they share their insights, inspirations, and experiences of being abroad and speaking out for the issues they believe in.
  • In December, Global Kids held report-back events about the international trips students took to South Africa, Japan, and Haiti during Summer 2015. The students invited friends, family, peers, staff members, and Global Kids supporters for refreshments from the countries they visited, and held presentations about their travel experiences and reflections. The three groups remarked that traveling to a different country was an incredible way to gain knowledge about that country’s culture, heritage, and social issues, and they were excited to teach peers in their communities about what they learned while abroad.
  • The students who went to Haiti in Summer 2015 are working diligently with their Haitian peers on their two documentary short-films about International Aid in Haiti and the Haitian/Dominican Conflict, which they are hoping to complete by the end of the school year. In the meantime, our partners in Haiti, Ciné Institute, created a video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these documentaries. Check it out here!
  • As we start to hear back from our Senior students about college acceptances, the underclassmen have been learning about their higher education options through our College & Career Readiness Program, and some were even able to take special college trips! During Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend in January, 37 GK Leaders from New York City took an overnight college trip to Washington, DC. While there, they toured Georgetown University and Howard University, met up with their Global Kids peers in Washington, DC, and participated in a march for peace commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In February, 19 GK Leaders traveled upstate to tour SUNY Albany. They also had the incredible opportunity to visit the NY State Assembly, met with their local Assembly Members, and were even introduced to the entire Assembly while it was in session!
  • One of the most dynamic and energetic activities during the Spring semester for GK Leaders is always Conference Planning! To be held at Baruch College on April 8, 2016, the GK Annual Youth Conference will bring together over 600 youth and educators to discuss important social issues that are affecting the world today. GK Leaders chose the timely theme of Immigration and Migration, and both the New York City and Washington, DC cohorts have been working hard on creating, preparing, and practicing interactive workshops that they will be facilitating at the conference. Fifty-seven of the NYC students also went on a Conference Planning Retreat to Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, NY during spring break, where they continued to plan and refine the big event that is drawing near!

As always, all of this incredible work that our GK Leaders are doing could not be possible without the support of friends such as yourself. You truly make a difference in each of our students’ lives, and, through your generous donations, provide them with opportunities that they would otherwise not have access to. Thank you for cheering on our youth and believing, like we do, that they have the power to make an impact in the world!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

A GK Leader talks about her experiences in Japan
A GK Leader talks about her experiences in Japan
Conference Planning is going at full force!
Conference Planning is going at full force!
GK Leaders visited the NY State Assembly in Albany
GK Leaders visited the NY State Assembly in Albany
Dec 1, 2015

Global Kids Leaders end the year with a bang!

Global Kids Leaders preparing to run the GK5K!
Global Kids Leaders preparing to run the GK5K!

Dear Friend,

With the holidays fast approaching, Global Kids Leaders have been busy wrapping up the first half of the school year. Global Kids is also thrilled to report that our footprint in New York City and Washington, DC continues to grow, and we are working with 41 public schools and over 2,500 youth on a weekly basis! While each site is unique, we continue to offer programs that come from our regular menu, which include in-school residencies, Afterschool Leadership clubs, the Human Rights Activist Project, the Online Leadership Program, and College and Career Readiness. Below are some highlights from the past few months that we are happy to share with you as the year comes to a close.

  • Global Kids held its second GK5K Run/Walk Event in October, and it was a great success! Our students and supporters raised over $40,000 to help fund our College and Career Readiness Program. We look forward to making this an annual event, and hope you will be able to join next year! For photos of the event, please visit our Flickr page by clicking here.
  • This semester, we have added three new public high school sites in Washington, DC that include Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, and H.D. Woodson High School. We look forward to offering our afterschool youth development programming four days a week to over 225 underserved high school students, and support them in developing leadership, communication, cross-cultural, global competence, and other critical 21st Century skills.
  • A cohort of 30 Global Kids Leaders from Curtis High School in Staten Island are traveling to Philadelphia for an overnight college trip this week! As part of our College and Career Readiness Program, the students will tour the campuses of Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University, meet with admissions officers and student-led organizations, and do some sightseeing in the historic city. Other recent college tours include those to Adelphi University, Baruch College, and John Jay College.
  • The College and Career Readiness Program held its first College Application Party in October. Roughly 40 students from seven high schools were joined by volunteers from Time Warner Cable, and together they worked on completing the various components of their college applications, including personal statements, resumes, financial aid applications, and more.
  • Two Global Kids Leaders involved in the Human Rights Activist Project are representing Global Kids at the 5th Sustainaware Global Partners Meeting in Gaeta, Italy and at COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. During their ten-day trip to Europe, they will meet with local youth organizations and continue their work on raising awareness of climate justice and empowering their peers to get involved with environmental activism. The two students are working on blog posts for the Global Kids Tumblr page about their experiences, and we'll be sure to share those with you next time!

As always, these transformational experiences and opportunities that Global Kids is able to offer our students are only possible thanks to support from friends such as yourself, for which we are truly grateful. We are looking forward to the exciting things that are brewing for the new year, especially the Annual Youth Conference in April, and cannot wait to share all the details with you in our next report.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at Global Kids!

Best wishes,

Ana Sofia

GK youth in Italy for the 5th Sustainaware Meeting
GK youth in Italy for the 5th Sustainaware Meeting
College Application Party with Time Warner Cable
College Application Party with Time Warner Cable
Citywide Leadership is in full force this semester
Citywide Leadership is in full force this semester
Sep 3, 2015

GK Leaders Had A Summer of International Adventures!

Arriving at Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti
Arriving at Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti

Dear Friend,

As the new school year draws near, our students are coming into our headquarters everyday with stories of the incredible experiences they’ve had this past summer. I am thrilled to share them with you!

GK’s summer programming officially kicked off in July when eight students from New York City joined a group of local youth from the Ciné Institute in Haiti. During a seven-day trip, the two groups of youth worked together on two documentary films that discussed the Haiti-Dominican Republic Conflict and International Aid in Haiti. The students learned how to create a script, use audio-visual recording equipment, manipulate light, interview individuals, and edit film footage. During the fall semester, they will be working together remotely to finish their films, which we cannot wait to see!

In early August, a group of fifteen students from Washington, DC took a 10-day trip to South Africa to learn about the impact and aftermath of Apartheid. In addition to engaging with individuals who lived through Apartheid and local youth, the DC students also volunteered at the Baphumelele Children’s Home and visited the District Six Museum, Langa Township, and Robben Island, the site of Mandela’s imprisonment.

The last international trip of the summer took place in mid-August, when nine students from New York City traveled to Japan for two weeks. The students joined up with young people from Katariba, a local youth organization that provides educational support to students impacted by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Together, the students engaged in interactive workshops and service learning activities to learn more about the impact of the earthquake, international aid in Japan, and the history of US-Japan relations.

Our students were encouraged to blog about their experiences, which you can read on their Tumblr page by clicking here! All three groups of travelers will also hold talk-back sessions in the fall to share their experiences, 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!

The life-changing and transformative travel experiences that Global Kids offers to underserved youth 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

 

PS - The Annual Global Kids 5K Run/Walk is on October 17! If you are in the New York City area, join the fun and support our college and career programming. For more information, visit 5k.globalkids.org!

Preparing to film interviews in Haiti
Preparing to film interviews in Haiti
GK Leader playing with local kids in South Africa
GK Leader playing with local kids in South Africa
GK Leaders ready for adventures in South Africa
GK Leaders ready for adventures in South Africa
Visiting the Kotoku-in Temple in Japan
Visiting the Kotoku-in Temple in Japan
GK Leaders and Katariba youth having fun in Japan
GK Leaders and Katariba youth having fun in Japan

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