Spring 2013
Whether they were rallying for climate justice, speaking at a State Senate meeting, or dancing in a flash mob, GK Leaders made their voices heard this winter. Scroll down for inspiring stories and learn more about their spring plans.
One Billion (GK Students) Rising 

GK Leaders celebrated Valentine's Day with something more meaningful than candy and flowers this year. As part of the One Billion Rising campaign, students joined millions of activists around the world in calling for a stop to violence against women. Global Kids participants spent nearly two months learning about the campaign and this critical issue. The week of February 14th, they put their knowledge to work by leading workshops for their peers, making t-shirts with the campaign logo, creating videos and PSAs, and gathering signatures for a petition in support of the Violence Against Women Act. The work culminated with a flash mob in Union Square with hundreds of activists.

National STEM Video Game  
Design Challenge

STEM? Video Games? A contest? Yes to all of the above. The National STEM Video Game Design Challenge encourages middle and high school students to design original video games for the chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools. Global Kids is proud to partner with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E Line Media to engage more New York City students in this effort. Global Kids youth in our Playing4Keeps game design program are on the road, training their peers in the Hive NYC learning network's cultural and education institutions across all five boroughs. Not only do participants learn core game mechanics skills; they also have a follow-up session to formulate their game concept and pitch it an expert game panel from E-Line Media. GK youth-led game design workshops have been offered at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Moving Image, the Brooklyn Public Library, Iridescent, and PS 85Q! Future workshops are happening at the New York Hall of Science, The Point and more. Click here to get learn more and get involved?! 

Advocacy in Albany to Stop Smoking

On January 22nd, Savannah Padilla, a GK Leader from the High School of Medical Professions, boarded a bus in Union Square that took her to Albany to speak to state lawmakers. She was among several youth advocates, as well as other coalition members from the Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership, who spoke on behalf of over 4,000 Brooklyn high school students who are exposed each day to Big Tobacco marketing. Savannah's main goal was to share her experience seeing her peers become addicted to smoking. She spoke to representatives from the offices of State Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol about research indicating that in New York State, Big Tobacco companies spend $1 million per day on marketing. Savannah emphasized the importance of continuing to fund tobacco control programs to support the health of Brooklyn's most vulnerable populations.

Annual Youth Conference to Address Violence & Peacebuilding April 12th
Spring is here, and that means Global Kids' Annual Youth Conference is just around the corner! This powerful event will bring together over 600 youth and educators at Baruch College for a day-long conference on April 12th to address an issue of international importance. GK Leaders chose Violence and Peace Building as this year's theme. Student-led workshops will explore topics such as gun violence, the link between poverty and violence, violence against women, hate crimes, and child soldiers. Click to register your student group today!
Students Rally for MLK Day
Photo by Neha Gautam

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students from Global Kids' Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) gathered at GK's office for a teach-in about the connection between human rights and climate change. Following the session and a performance by HipHop artist (and former GK participant) GI Jane, the students took their message to the streets with a march to Union Square to promote climate justice. 

 

In DC, GK Leaders attended Public Allies' We Still Have a Dream event to honor the life and vision of Dr. King. The students participated in leadership workshops and service learning activities like preparing care packages for seniors, cleaning up a local park, and creating a library for Anacostia High School. The group sat in the front row as Chelsea Clinton and former Senator/MLK lawyer Harris Wofford gave remarks to volunteers about the power of service.

DC Supporters Celebrate GK

On March 20th, friends of Global Kids gathered at the German Marshall Fund of the United States to celebrate and support our Washington, DC program. The event was coordinated by DC Advisory Council members and featured a screening of the documentaries created by students on last year's trip to Haiti. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the evening such a huge success!

GK ED Offers Lessons from TED Talk on the Future of Learning
Since joining the Huffington Post as a guest blogger, Global Kids Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos has tackled a number of critical issues, including the importance of ending violence against women and the power of digital tools to enhance learning. Her most recent post offered a response to the Sugata Mitra's TED talk on his quest to design the School in the Cloud. "If we can have things at our fingertips via the web, do we really need to 'know' stuff in the same way anymore?" asks Hantzopoulos. "It's time for our schools to boldly re-imagine their purpose, reconfigure their pedagogy, and allow both students and educators to tap into the innate sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity we possess as human beings, whether we live in India or Indiana." Do you agree? Share your feelings on the HuffPost comments page!
Young Professionals Offer Look at NYC Through the Lens of GK Leaders
Photo by Sue Rissberger
This spring, two emerging artists are partnering with GK to create an art exhibit that will share the Global Kids story through the lens of its students. Taking to the neighborhoods, communities, and streets where our students live, grow, work, and learn, photographers Sue Rissberger
and Dominique Sindayiganza are capturing what it means to be a global citizen in New York City. This engaging visual narrative will be available for purchase this summer at an art show coordinated by Global Kids' Young Leaders Advisory Council and the charitable art organization ForByFor. Sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses. Please contact carolyn.vadino@gmail.com for more information.

In This Issue:
One Billion Rising
STEM Challenge
Advocacy in Albany
Youth Conference
Students Rally for MLK
DC Fundraiser
Evie Blogs on HuffPost
Through the Lens
  
GK Wins Give for Youth Contest!

Thanks to your votes, Global Kids won a top spot in the Give for Youth Voting Contest this spring and raised over $20,000 in matching funds for our programs! We are so grateful to everyone who voted and donated. 
Thank you.

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Student Spotlight:
Kierra Adkins

 

Three years ago, when Kierra Adkins first joined Global Kids' new after-school program at her high school in Washington, DC, she had never been abroad and was terrified of airplanes. That is not the case today though! After participating in the after-school leadership program, Kierra was selected to travel to Haiti last summer through GK's Global Gateways program. According to Kierra, the Haiti trip helped prepare her for an even bigger challenge - a two-month exchange trip to Italy this fall through the Exchange HOPE program. Kierra says the Global Kids program has taught her, "to be open-minded and courageous and not be scared to share my opinion." Since returning from her trip, she has immersed herself in Italian language studies and recently gave a presentation to Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero in Italian. Looking forward, Keirra hopes to put her new communications abilities to use as a television broadcaster, bringing awareness to crucial issues around the world.

 

  
Student Spotlight:
Tyler Ware 

 

As the first male salutatorian at his high school in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, Tyler Ware is used to exceeding expectations. In his four years as a Global Kids student, he has participated in GK's Young Leaders on the Rise program, three human rights campaigns, GK's summer institute at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a summer trip to Kenya with GK's Bardoli Global Scholars program. In addition, Tyler was recently selected from a large pool of candidates to be on the Chancellor's Student Advisory Council for the borough of Brooklyn. The group meets monthly with Chancellor Dennis Walcott to discuss how to improve New York City public schools. Tyler has put forward a proposal to encourage international travel and international service as key components in expanding the worldview of students in his community. He became passionate about expanding access to travel abroad programs after his trip to Kenya in 2011.  Tyler claims he can't think of a better program than Global Kids to be a part of and to prove it, he plans to enroll in the 5-year MBA program at Hampton University this fall so that he can gain the skills necessary to start his own nonprofit to expand travel opportunities to more young people. We can't wait to see what he comes up with!

  

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