Jun 4, 2015

Global Kids is closing the school year off right and gearing up for an exciting summer!

Global Kids performing at the Annual Conference
Global Kids performing at the Annual Conference

Dear Friend,

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and Global Kids Leaders have been busy wrapping up their projects and planning for the summer! We are excited for all the graduation festivities happening this month!

In the meantime, our students have been engaged in many activities as they finish their year. Some highlights from the last few months include:

  • Eight students from the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists took a trip to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica during their spring break, where they participated in service learning projects, community engagement, and discussions about food accessibility, agriculture rights, and nutrition. 
  • A group of students from Bronx High School for the Visual Arts took an overnight college visit to Philadelphia, PA, where they were hosted by the Greenfield Intercultural Center. Students also toured the campuses of University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University, met with admissions officers, and interacted with local students pursuing various majors.
  • Students from Curtis High School in Staten Island took a college and career readiness trip to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD to visit college campuses and collaborate with students in our Washington, DC (GK-DC) program. The youth toured the campuses of and met with admissions officers from University of Maryland, Howard University, and Georgetown University, attended a young professionals dinner hosted by GK-DC students, and volunteered for a day at the DC Food Bank.
  • This year’s Annual Youth Conference, which was held on April 17, was a great success! It focused on the theme of Global Justice with the slogan Know Justice! Know Peace! 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 connection between justice and peace in today’s world. Watch this video for a more in-depth look at the event! 
  • Global Kids Leaders in the Human Rights Activist Project won the Social Media Award at the NYU Social Justice Expo! The students presented their Climate Education campaign, which is working towards mandating climate education in all K-12 science curriculum in New York City.
  • On May 28th, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, paid a special visit to Curtis High School in Staten Island. Global Kids students held a Q&A session with Ambassador Power and impressed her by posing thoughtful and well-articulated questions on foreign policy issues ranging from the threat of ISIL and the conflict in the Ukraine.
  • On May 30th, students from our Online Leadership Program represented Global Kids at the annual Emoti-con! Conference, which supports youth in expressing themselves through digital media and technology. Our students presented games that they created during the school year. They worked on the concept, storyboard, coding, and testing to create games and mobile apps that focus on human rights issues in their local and global communities. Game topics ranged from the evolution of technology, to Boko Haram in Nigeria, to the life of a Dominican immigrant in New York City. Our students received many accolades this year, including the Point of View Award and an Honorable Mention for Best Pitch! Check out this video that one of our students made about the event! 

As always, thank you so much for believing in our youth. We know that Global Kids’ work would simply not be possible without your support, for which we are truly grateful. We have many exciting plans for the summer, including three international trips to South Africa, Japan, and Haiti, so keep an eye out for our next report!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

Ambassador Samantha Power at Curtis High School
Ambassador Samantha Power at Curtis High School
A global justice workshop at the Annual Conference
A global justice workshop at the Annual Conference
Global Kids Leaders at the Social Justice Expo
Global Kids Leaders at the Social Justice Expo
GK students winning Emoti-Con's Best Pitch Award
GK students winning Emoti-Con's Best Pitch Award
Mar 6, 2015

Happy 2015 from Global Kids Leaders!

Kazi interviews Annie about Climate Activism
Kazi interviews Annie about Climate Activism

Dear Friend,

With the start of a new year, Global Kids Leaders in New York City and Washington, DC have been participating in the full range of Global Kids' offerings including Classroom Residencies, Afterschool Leadership Clubs, and ongoing programming at Global Kids Headquarters. In response to current events around the world, Global Kids Leaders have been exploring issues related to social justice and human rights:

Two Global Kids Leaders, Annie and Kazi, participated in the StoryCorps Human Impacts Institute Project that documents stories of women climate change activsts. After being directly and severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and losing her home, Annie has become a youth climate activist in New York City and even addressed the United Nations Climate Summit in 2013. Kazi interviewed Annie on tape at a StoryCorps StoryBooth in New York City, where both young ladies discussed the value of climate education in primary and secondary education, as well as the importance of raising awareness about climate justice.

On Martin Lurther King Jr. Day, Global Kids Leaders participated in various service-learning activities to commemorate the prolific leader. These included:

  • Special screanings of the film "Selma" in various theaters throughout New York City and Washington, DC for over 200 students.
  • A teach-in at Global Kids Headquarters during which high school students led mini workshops for middle school students, providing an opportunity for all youth to reflet on the movie, hear opinions from their schoolmates, and share their knowledge on human rights and social justice.
  • Students from Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY volunteered at Project Hospitality and prepared food packages for homeless families.
  • Students from the Academy for Health Careers and William Cullen Bryant High School, both located in Queens, NY, volunteered with Repair the World and the Met Council to create materials and food bags for a Know Your Rights training.
  • Students in Washington, DC were so inspired by the film screening that they voted to dedicate a full program week to further discuss the teachings of Dr. King and social justice issues. They also celebrated Black History Month throughout February by engaging in a social media campaign called "We Hold These Truths" in partnership with the DC Trust.

Global Kids Leaders are also busy preparing and planning for the 26th Annual Youth Conference, to be held on April 17 in New York City. In light of recent cases around police misconduct in Staten Island and Ferguson, MO, as well as the recent screenings of "Selma," students elected Justice as the conference theme. Since then, the youth have been working diligently on crafting curriculum on several topics related to Justice such as climate change and environmental justice, gender equality, international law, racial justice, economic justice, laws regarding the rights of LGBTQ people, and criminal justice. Sixty-five youth conference planners attended a three-day retreat in upstate New York, where they practiced and refined their workshops. The Global Kids Leaders are expecting 600 youth and educators to attend the conference, and if you happen to be in New York City on April 17th, please join us! For more information, please contact me at anasofia@globalkids.org.

As the year progresses, we look forward to sharing all the achievements and accomplishments of Global Kids Leaders as they finish projects and campaigns, and for seniors, graduate high school and receive college acceptance letters. Your support and belief in our work makes all of this possible, and we are forever grateful. Here's to an incredible 2015!

Sincerely,

Ana Sofia

GK Leaders volunteering on MLK Day
GK Leaders volunteering on MLK Day
The Annual Youth Conference Planning Retreat
The Annual Youth Conference Planning Retreat
The Conference Planning Committee's weekly session
The Conference Planning Committee's weekly session
Dec 4, 2014

Thank you for celebrating GK's 25th Anniversary!

GK Leaders rallying at the Peoples Climate March
GK Leaders rallying at the Peoples Climate March

Dear GK Friend,

Thank you.

As we wind down the Global Kids 25th Anniversary Year and reflect back on our success, we know we could never have achieved so much without the generous support of friends like you.

When the first informal gatherings occured in 1989, no one could have predicted that Global Kids would become the foremost educational organization for global learning and youth development. Early on, there was skepticism that youth from underserved communities needed and craved opportunities to engage in international affairs and social activism.

But whether you have been a longtime supporter, or a new friend to Global Kids, you know how important it is to be globally competent. You know that our youth, even those who attend underperforming schools or face harsh economic challenges, have a right to be at the table where decisions about public policy or foreign affairs are made. You know that our youth deserve the unique, enriching experiences Global Kids provides.

Many nonprofits never make it to the five-year mark. We have been grateful for each milestone we reached, but our 25th anniversary was no accident. Over the years, our founder Carole Artigiani, talented staff, board of directors, partners, and supporters all nourished the organization and nutured our youth. We never wavered in our mission, and our supporters have never wavered in their generosity. 

Thank you.

In the past 25 years, we have served over 200,000 youth through our school-based and afterschool programs. Our youth have designed and implemented 25 youth conferences, and have traveled to 25 countries for service learning and peer education. We have averaged a 90% high school graduation rate and a 90% higher education matriculation rate at schools where graduation rates hover around 50%.

In the past five years, we have grown from nine to 32 schools in NYC, expanded to Washington, DC, developed a groundbreaking climate justice activist program, and received numerous national awards for excellence.

This past year - our anniversary year - our youth met United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samatha Power, were honored by the New York City Council for their work on climate change, and had the wonderful opportunity to discuss their work with First Lady Michelle Obama when she visited Global Kids in July.

Thank you.

Your support has enabled us to accomplish so much. Twenty-five of our alumni have been profiled by The Huffington Post exposing the impact of Global Kids to an international audience. As we look forward to the next 25 years, we need your continuted generosity to take us forward.

Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Global Kids. To honor our past, and to build our future.

All the best,

Evie

First Lady Michelle Obama visiting with GK Leaders
First Lady Michelle Obama visiting with GK Leaders
GK Leaders at the 25th Annual Youth Conference
GK Leaders at the 25th Annual Youth Conference
GK Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer
GK Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer
 
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