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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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
 
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