Global Kids did not slow down this past summer, providing dynamic, content-rich programs for over 100 young people in New York City and Washington D.C. and travel to Kenya and Brazil.
This September, we began our school-based programs in seventeen schools, and will offer four days of leadership, digital media, theater, and social action programs at our headquarters, all designed to build global citizens and community leaders. Read all about it below!
GK's U.S. in the World Institute Wins Excellence in Summer Learning Award
Global Kids has been awarded the 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association for its U.S. in the World Institute held at the Council on Foreign Relations. This prestigious national award recognizes the top summer learning programs in the country for their ability to accelerate academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people.
This year, U.S. In the World provided 25 young leaders from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about United States foreign affairs through interactive workshops, field trips to the New York Times and United Nations, and dialogue with policy experts such as Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Participants examined issues such as global health, energy policy, counter-terrorism, the global economic crisis, and human rights and then prepared peer education projects on international affairs to share with their classmates in the fall. Click here to check out the Institute's photos gallery on Facebook.
Global Kids Leaders Serve as American Youth Ambassadors in Kenya
Ten Global Kids Leaders from Brooklyn's High School for Global Citizenship traveled to Kenya for four weeks this summer to conduct collaborative projects with Kenyan youth using social media. The youth learned about Kenyan culture, worked with young Kenyan leaders to develop online social justice campaigns in their communities, and represented the U.S. Department of State as 2011 American Youth Leadership Program participants. Conducted in partnership with the National Center for Global Engagement's Bardoli Scholars Program and One World Now, the service-learning trip to Kenya represented the midpoint of an 18 month program which exposes students to global leadership skills and science and technology training, and gives them the opportunity to conduct social entrepreneurship ventures and participate in career readiness training in foreign countries. Click here to view some of the students' social media projects.
|Let's Talk Sustainability
This summer, Global Kids facilitated Let's Talk Sustainability, an intense, five week bootcamp for youth leaders interested in using virtual worlds to promote sustainability.
With their newfound knowledge on urbanization, energy, biodiversity, global warming and pollution, participants began producing a series of talk shows which will feature videos, game show activities, and live interviews with scientists and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals. This fall, students will film their shows before a live studio audience in the virtual world Second Life. The shows will introduce youth audiences to what professionals are doing in these fields and showcase how youth can incorporate sustainable living into their daily lives. Check out their upcoming show on Food Production this Friday October 28th at 4:30pm!
Rounding out Global Kids' inaugural year of programming in Washington D.C., 15 youth leaders participated in the Global Gateways Institute, an intensive five week study of foreign policy that included an educational and service learning trip to Brazil. The program kicked off with a three-week institute at Howard University, where students explored U.S. foreign policy and international human rights issues and studied Brazilian history and language.
The group then spent 5 days in Rio de Janeiro and 5 days in the cities of Salvador and Arimbepe in the northeastern state of Bahia. Together, they explored Brazil's fascinating cultural and political climate through field trips and roundtables with grassroots community organizations, youth groups, and governmental agencies. Since their return, students have been busy planning and conducting peer education workshops. Using self-produced digital media projects, they plan to teach over 500 of their peers about issues affecting Brazil today.
|Summer Youth Employment Program
Global Kids' 2011 Summer of Service Learning Program provided 50 teens with the opportunity to network and build professional skills through internships at companies that aligned with their individual career goals. Seventeen year old Syieda Webb spent the summer interning at the Innocence Project, a public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals. Syieda credits the program with sparking her new interest in becoming a parole officer. "I learned my real passion; I realize that I want to focus on the criminal justice system - how it's more of an injustice system than a justice system."
The Global Kids Summer of Service was made possible through a partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and 4 high schools located on the Wingate Campus: The High School for Public Service, The School for Democracy and Leadership, The School for Human Rights, and the International Arts and Business High School.
|Gearing Up for Climate Justice
|NYC Youth Ask President Obama to Attend Rio+20|
The Global Kids' Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) is launching its new Youth Climate Change Initiative this fall. High school students throughout New York will educate and organize their peers on on climate change and environmental responsibility issues. The campaign will culminate with a Global Kids delegation traveling to Brazil in the summer of 2012 for the U.N. Conference on World Sustainability, Rio+20, where they will have the opportunity to engage in policy discussions with world leaders, scientists, and policy experts.
|The Transcontinental Project
On August 20th, alumnus Jeffrey Perez set out on a mission to run 3,000 miles across the United States to raise money for Global Kids. Jeffrey claims that his motivation to complete the run comes from a deep belief in the importance of giving back. "I believe that a person's dedication has no boundaries and that their will, ethical approach and ability to succeed is measured in time of hardship," says Perez. "Only during these times will a person's ability to succeed shine as brightly as it can. I've always wanted to give light to people who have experienced similar obstacles as I have, and completing this run seems to be a fitting way." To date Jeffrey has run for 67 days and has covered over 2,300 miles. Click here to donate to Jeffrey's campaign for Global Kids today.
|Global Kids Welcomes Its New Board and Staff Members!
Global Kids would like to extend a big welcome to our newest board members, Pamela Parizek and Alexandra Moosally. With backgrounds in finance and law respectively, Ms. Parizek and Ms. Moosally bring a wealth of private-sector experience to our Board.
Global Kids is growing! We are excited to welcome ten new staff members to our family including Juliette Kang, our new Director of Development. Prior to joining Global Kids, Juliette worked at New Leaders for New Schools, an organization focused on training and supporting principals for high-need urban schools. We are also pleased that four of our new hires are Global Kids alumni!
GK Leaders Find Success After Graduation
93% of graduating seniors who participated in GK's College Counseling and Career Readiness Program are currently attending college.
|Student Spotlight: |
GK alumna Jessica Garcia is majoring in Elementary Education at City College of New York. Recently, Jessica spoke about the impact GK had on her experience at Long Island City High School. According to Jessica, "Instead of being one of the students who did nothing, I had this group of people that I connected with... it made me look forward to the end of my day when I participated in Global Kids and got to plan a conference on children's rights, social action on Darfur, and other issues. When I learned about issues in human rights, I felt proud I knew this information."
| Student Spotlight: Frezzell Brewer |
Frezzell Brewer, a GK alumnus from The School of Human Rights is studying Biology at the College of Staten Island. Frezzell credits Global Kids with inspiring his current career path. According to Frezzell, Global Kids, "exposed me issues surrounding healthcare in developing countries." This led him to also pursue a minor in political science. Frezzell hopes to use his medical skills to save lives in the developing world.
~ Class of 2011 ~
American Musical & Dramatic Academy
Borough of Manhattan Community College
City College of NY
City Tech College
College of Staten Island
Essex County Community College
Georgia Gwinett College
John Jay College
Kingsborough Community College
Laguardia Community College
LIU CW Post
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Parsons School of Design
Queensborough Community College
Saint Bonaventure University
St. John's University
St. Joseph's College
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Old Westbury
SUNY Stony Brook
University of Buffalo
Virginia State University
Virginia Tech University