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Late Spring/Summer 2017
Global Kids Leaders Tackle Critical Issues at This Year's Annual Conference
 
Student emcees at the Annual Conference
Mobilizing to address the inflammatory rhetoric and rise in hate crimes post-election, Global Kids youth leaders in New York City planned and implemented "End Discrimination With Our Generation," the annual Global Kids Youth Conference, which explored the global issue of discrimination.  On April 26th, nearly 300 students (from both middle school and high school) and educators gathered at Hunter College for youth-devised and led workshops on such issues as sexism, classism, homophobia, and Islamophobia.   
 
One of the morning main stage speakers was Nisrin Elamin, former Global Kids staff member, current Stanford PhD student, Sudanese citizen, and the first person detained at JFK after President Trump's first executive order banning immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. She recounted her ordeal, but also gave a message of hope to the students.
 
"Many Global Kids students have been directly affected by discrimination, and all of them are concerned about the rise of hate crimes and hate speech," says Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Executive Director. "This conference is an incredible platform for Global Kids youth to be able to voice their concerns, educate their peers, and maybe, change the world."

Click here to see pictures from the day! 

Global Kids-DC held its 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.  

GK Climate Activist March to Make Their Voices Heard

 
 
GK Leaders at the People's Climate March
 
 
Over 50 Global Kids youth climate activists attended the People's Climate March
in Washington, DC on April 29th.  GK alums joined current GK Leaders from over eight of our school sites and our Washington, DC program to call for climate justice.  The march was the culmination of the climate change work that students in our Human Rights Activist Project had been doing each week for the entire school year.  This was their first major protest march for many of the students.  The youth brought enthusiasm, knowledge and passion that motivated all the marchers around them. 

Read GK Leader Kate Scherer's piece  in The Huffington Post about why she and her fellow climate activists marched.  

Click here to see pictures from the march. 
 
Building Community  
GK staffer speaking with parents in Bengali at John Adams High School's Community School Forum 
 

New York City Community Schools come together at the end of the year at a culminating event, the Community Schools Forum.

This year, we organized Community School Forums at our 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.  The forums also gave parents the chance to discuss what they felt was working in their schools, as well as what they would like to see improved or implemented.  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." 
Digital Learning Skills on Display at this Year's Emoti-con

 
GK Leaders who worked on the Japan geo-locative game displaying their "Best Pitch" award
T wenty-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

Click here to see photos from the event! 
  
Check out our DLL blog to play some of the games that GK students created this year.
 
Middle Schoolers in the Great Outdoors!       
 
GK staff and GK middle schoolers on their way to Princeton-Blairstown Center 
For the third year in a row, our middle school team took our middle schoolers to Princeton-Blairstown Center for an overnight retreat.  Sixty-five middle schoolers from all eight of middle school sites participated in the fun team-building and leadership retreat. 
 
Global Kids Benefit at the Council on Foreign Relations  
Global Kids Leaders at our annual benefit 

This spring, Global Kids (GK) held the organization's 2017
Annual Benefit at the Council on Foreign Relations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

This evening event celebrated 28 years of GK's award-winning youth leadership programming and the students who participate in it. Global Kids was thrilled to honor Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History and Jack Martin, Global Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Both honorees are committed to philanthropic causes that have improved the lives of New Yorkers.

One of the highlights from the evening was a student panel discussion.  Current Global Kids high school seniors talked about the activities they participated in at Global Kids since they joined the program as freshmen, including taking international trips, attending Global Kids Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations, facilitating at our conferences and even meeting Michelle Obama!

Click here to view pictures of the event! 
Spring Celebration Event at Global Kids-DC    
  
 
GK Leader with the night's honoree, Michael J. Warren from  the Albright Stonebridge Group 
Global Kids celebrated its programs and students in Washington, DC at the weWork space in the WonderBread Factory.  Guest heard from our honoree, Michael J. Warren, the Managing Director from the Albright Stonebridge Group, and GK Leaders in our Washington, DC program. 

GK Leader Rico told the attendees, "Being a Global Kids Leader made me grow not only as a student, but also as a person.  I am stronger today and have the desire to grow further.  I want to continue to grow in my thoughts and in the way I conduct my life, so I can help others and ultimately travel the world and make changes for the better across the world."

Click here to see pictures of the celebration. 
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Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education programs for over 28 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today!

  
Community Schools in Action

AOL Monster Help Day at John Adams High School


As part of Global Kids' College and Career program in John Adams High School, GK hosted staff from AOL to spend the day with our John Adams students.  For the first part of the day, the staff participated in a career panel.  After the panel, AOL staff and John Adams students worked on creating a video promoting the school.  Stay tuned for the finished product this summer!

Click here to view pictures from the event.

  

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Alumni Q & A  
Yassi Tamdji
Global Kids Leader from 2003-2006  
at the Academy of American Studies 
 
  1. What are you up these days? 
    I am a Project Manager for Leadership and Professional Development at Community Resource Exchange (CRE).
     
  2. Did GK impact what your studied in college and what you are doing today? 
    GK greatly impacted what I studied in college.  It peaked my interest in International Affairs.  I studied at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service where I majored in International Politics and African Studies. It impacted what I am doing today because it introduced me to the nonprofit sector and I have been committed ever since. 
     
  3. What advice can you give graduating Global Kids seniors? 
    Definitely study abroad if you are able to in college.  Studying in Cape Town, South Africa was one of the fondest memories of my undergraduate career and directly impacted the first job I took out of college through the Princeton in Africa Fellowship in Johannesburg.
     
  4. What do you hope to be doing in five years?
    I hope to continue to coach nonprofit leaders, young professionals, and youth to be their best selves.
  

Check out this video illustrating the support Global Kids receives through our partnerships with Youth INC and AlixPartners.  It features Global Kids Leaders at this year's annual conference.



  
Congratulations to our high school seniors and middle school 8th graders!  We celebrated these students' accomplishments at our 2017 Senior Extravaganza. 

We distributed almost $25,000 in scholarships at the event.  The winner of the  Foundation 17 $5,000 annual scholarship (for four years of college) is Epifano Ramirez from William Cullen Bryant High School.  We also awarded GK Scholarships ranging from $800 to $300 to nine students!

Check out pictures from the event on our Flickr page.


  

Read GK Leader Courtney's and GK alum Brianna's reactions to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on the youth climate activist blog, First Here, Then Everywhere 


  
 
Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education programs for over 28 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today! 



  
  
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