Spring 2014
Global Kids History Project Unveiled at 25th Anniversary Gala!
Founder Carole Artigiani is honored by GK alumni Tung Cheng, Mary Oyedijo, and Ranti Ogunleye
Founder Carole Artigiani is honored by GK alumni Tung Cheng, Mary Oyedijo, and Ranti Ogunleye
Nearly 300 supporters packed the room as Global Kids celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11th. The festive event honored Ken Miller for his years of service to Global Kids' Board of Directors and paid special tribute to GK Founder Carole Artigiani for her vision and leadership. GK was also proud to debut a stunning new video about its accomplished alumni during the program. The video is one element of a Global Kids History Project which documents the impact of Global Kids through the stories of 25 alumni now aged 19 - 42. Their stories and portraits are featured in a new book, Youth Turning Hope into Action: 25 Years of Global Kids, and are also being released in an ongoing series through the Huffington Post. Click here to view the first several stories. Stay tuned for more special events that will celebrate 25 years of Global Kids!
Youth Attend SustainAware Partner Meeting in Slovenia
Samri gives an interview to a local radio station in Croatia about her participation in SustainAware

Two GK students traveled to Slovenia and Croatia this March for the first global partnership meeting of SustainAware, a international collaborative effort among eight youth organizations seeking to promote the inclusion of young people in sustainable development policy decisions. GK student activists Samri Hadgu and Forhad Shah were the youngest representatives to attend the meeting, but that did not stop them from taking charge during the planning of the partnership initiatives. According to Forhad, "As teens, we are not normally involved in the behind-the-scenes work of planning a project like SustainAware. Here, I've really been a part of that process." Click to read accounts of Samri and Forhad's journey on Global Kids Human Rights Activism Blog and stay tuned as two additional GK students prepare to travel to Argentina this summer for a second SustainAware partnership meeting.

Student Trips
GK Leaders are gearing up for big adventures away from home this spring and summer! Eight freshmen from the Academy for Health Careers in Brooklyn will travel to North Carolina's Research Triangle to visit North Carolina State, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A second group of students from West Side High School in Manhattan will travel to Louisiana for an environmental service-learning trip investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area. This summer, 20 students from GK-NYC will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina for three weeks as part of the U.S. Department of State's American Youth Leadership Program to explore the intersection among politics, media, and culture in Bosnian society. Additional GK groups from Washington, DC and Little Rock, Arkansas will travel to Haiti and Costa Rica, respectively, as part of Global Kids' foreign policy summer institutes. Two youth activists from GK's HRAP program will also be attending a job shadowing meeting in Argentina as part of the SustainAware partnership. To hear the latest on all of these amazing adventures, follow GK's Facebook page.
Students Unveil 25th GK Conference Theme: Youth Activism!
With a little over one week to go until Global Kids' 25th Youth Conference, student organizers are busy tightening up their performances, finalizing their workshops, and rehearsing their speeches for what promises to be a remarkable event and inspiring tribute to the spirit of youth activism that Global Kids has fostered for the past two and a half decades. Over 500 young people and 100 educators are already signed up to attend the event, which will be held at Baruch College in Manhattan on April 4th. Over 30 workshops will be facilitated by young people on a range of topics related to youth activism, including climate justice, education, the DREAM Act, and juvenile justice. Visit Global Kids' website for more info and check out our Instagram and Twitter pages for live updates from the event!
Smoke-Free is the Way to Be!
Students discuss their campaign for Kick Butts Day
GK Leaders at the High School for Medical Professions in Brooklyn are taking action to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. On February 21st, students gathered to discuss, brainstorm and share their personal narratives of "in your face" tobacco ads, peers smoking, and the effects of smoking tobacco. The students are planning to create a mural in collaboration with Artist Marthalicia Matarrita to present the facts about tobacco use and highlight alternative healthy ways to manage stress. They also held a pledge drive on March 19th, Kick Butts Day, to ask community members and high school students in the Canarsie area to commit to making Brooklyn a smoke-free environment.
Youth Rise Up for Rights of Women
Activists show off the t-shirts they created for V-Day
Forty youth activists met at GK's Headquarters on February 3rd to learn and share facts about violence against women. Students created t-shirts and signs explaining why this critical issue is important to them. They also worked together to brainstorm strategies to bring the One Billion Rising campaign, which seeks to end violence against women, to their schools and communities on Valentine's Day. On February 14th, GK Leaders throughout NYC and DC educated their peers about the reality of violence against women and girls through workshops, social media campaigns, and dance performances.
In This Issue:
25th Anniversary Gala
SustainAware in Slovenia
Upcoming Student Trips
25th GK Youth Conference
Smoke Free Campaign
One Billion Rising
  
Student Spotlight:
Fethiya Mohammed
 
  

As a senior at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC, Fethiya Mohammed has spent a lot of time this year preparing and submitting college applications. In fact, one of the reasons she joined Global Kids is because she heard we offered help with the application process. GK's after school leadership program provided her with the college advice she was seeking as well as opportunities to participate in trips to cultural institutions and interesting workshops on environmental sustainability. She also found some unexpected networking opportunities. This fall, when Fethiya attended one of GK's College Application parties, she was matched with Aysha Ghadiali, who currently works for the US Forest Service. Ms. Ghadiali was familiar with Global Kids' programs from several years prior, when she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The two instantly hit it off and Fethiya said Ms. Ghadiali has been a huge help with her essays and scholarship applications. The advice seems to be working, since Fethiya has already received letters of acceptance from George Mason, Trinity, and Mary Baldwin College! While she is not yet sure where she'll be next fall, Fethiya knows that she has more options for her future, and support in making those tough choices, thanks to Global Kids.

 

  
School Spotlight:
Global Neighborhood Secondary School

 

Global Kids is pleased to introduce one of its newest school sites: the Global Neighborhood Secondary School (GNSS) in East Harlem! GK trainers at GNSS conduct classes during the day and provide leadership development programs after school. During elective periods, students have been transformed into game designers through GK's Playing for Keeps program, which teaches young people how to develop video games that educate players about important social issues. Earlier this semester, students unveiled a number of games they created on issues such as immigrant rights, animal rights, the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, and bullying. Students in GK's Leadership program explored the issue of food security and organized a cupcake-for-cans food drive this March to support the families displaced by the buildings that collapsed in East Harlem. Global Kids has also trained a group of 6th and 7th grade students in peer mediation skills. These student peacebuilders proudly wear their white "peer mediator" wristbands around the school. GNSS teachers are delighted to report that the peer mediators have already calmed a number of potential conflicts among their classmates. We are proud of the way these young leaders have stepped up to create a positive learning environment for everyone and we look forward to continuing our work at GNSS in the years to come!

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