Summer 2014
Global Kids Meets First Lady Michelle Obama in DC
Shavonne Campbell and Annie Willis with First Lady Michelle Obama
On June 20, ten Global Kids students met First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Summer Learning Day Fair at the United States Department of Education in Washington, DC to celebrate and promote high school graduation and college attendance. Global Kids Leader, Angelina Bachiller from Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC spoke on a student panel at the start of the day.  She spoke about how her Global Kids summer trip to Costa Rica "sparked her passion in international relations" and changed her life. The First Lady participated in a demonstration of a youth produced digital game led by Global Kids Leaders Annie Willis from Long Island City High School in Queens and Shavonne Campbell from the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn.  The game examines the human rights issue of racism through the life of Jackie Robinson. In her speech, First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned the game and the importance of learning history to gain new understanding about the world today.

Check out NY1's coverage of Global Kids at the event!
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power Visits the High School for Global Citizenship 
Ambassador Power visited the High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC) for a Q&A session with Global Kids students in late May.  
Seven Global Kids students posed 
Coco Killingsworth, Global Kids Students at the High School for Global Citizenship,  and HSGC Principal Michelle Rochon with Ambassador Samantha Power
questions ranging from asking her opinion on the conflict in the Democratic 
Republic of Congo 
to what inspired her to go into the foreign policy. Ending off the talk she reminded us of the importance of being a global citizen with a paraphrased quote from Louis Brandeis, "In our country the only title more important than President is citizen." It seems like Ambassador Power believed that our Global Kids students were seriously active citizens from her tweet, "Nice break from tough UN negotiations to visit @GlobalKids School for Global Citizenship-but got grilled by students!" 

 

Global Kids Human Rights Activist Project Holds Rally for Climate Change Education
 
Global Kids students, partner organizations Alliance for Climate Education and UPROSE and City Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards held a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, June 10.  
Our students stated why we need 
City Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards with GK Leaders Forhad Shah and Annie Willis
climate change education for all NYC students.  For Annie Willis, a Global Kids student at Long Island City High School, Superstorm Sandy did more than ruin her house in Far Rockaway-- Sandy was a wake-up call about the reality of climate change.  "I am angry that Sandy destroyed my house and that nearly two years later, we, high school students, are not being properly informed. Students have the right to know about the causes of climate change and the solutions to address it."  The students collected over 2,500 signatures from a handwritten and on-line petition. They hope to present these to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Faria this summer.  Council Member Costa Constantinides has committed to enact climate change education in NYC public schools.  He stated, "I will be the primary sponsor of a NYC Council Resolution asking the Department of Education to mandate climate change curriculum.  We must educate our children on how their actions might affect our climate and reinforce their ongoing relationships with the earth."
 
Watch NY1's interview with Global Kids students and City Council Member Costa Constantinides.

 

Emoti-Con! 2014
 
On June 13, 16 students represented Global Kids at the Hive Learning Network's annual Emoti-Con! youth digital media challenge. Students from School for Human Rights 
Global Kids Leaders and GK's Ryan Waingortin at Emoti-Con! 2014
Middle School and High School for Global Citizenship who participated in NYC Haunts showed off the location-based games they had made about local and global social issues. Playing for Keeps students from our Citywide program and Global Neighborhood Secondary School presented games for change.  All of our students, whether they came to present or just to be attentive, curious audience members, truly shined.  Special mention to 8th grader, Keron Harris and 6th grader, Payton Fearon from the School for Human Rights who impressed the judges with their presentations about their group's TaleBlazer game about gun violence, "Keep Wingate Safe." They placed in the top five and then stood on stage in front of over 200 people to talk about their games. They took away badges for Point of View and Most Social Impact. 
 
"(You)th are the Change:  We Got This!" - 25th Annual Youth Conference
 
More than 600 high school students and educators joined Global Kids on Friday, April 4th, at Baruch College in 
Manhattan to discuss the ways youth activists are reshaping the social justice
Undesirable Elements perform at the 25th Annual Youth Conference
landscape through innovative approaches to advocacy and consensus building. Students at the conference heard from five plenary speakers, including former America's Next Top Model contestant Isis King. Ms King spoke about the challenges she faced as a young person "born in the wrong body" and her current advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Chernor Bah, who is the youth representative to the United Nation's High-Level Steering Committee for the Global Education First Initiative and a former refugee from Sierra Leone, spoke about his international education advocacy efforts.  Global Kids students in our Undesirable Elements program performed socially conscious dance and spoken word pieces. Youth facilitators conducted workshops throughout the day on social justice issues such as women's rights, juvenile justice, education and discrimination. In breakout sessions, attendees discussed pending legislation and sign petitions of support for the DREAM Act and environmental justice campaigns. 
2014 Conference on Diversity and International Affairs 

In April, Global Kids participated in the 2014 Conference on Diversity and International Affairs, a collaborative effort by the Council on Foreign Relations, Global Access Pipeline, and International Career Advancement Program. 

Global Kids alumni with GK DC's Director Wida Amir

Six Global Kids alums gained greater knowledge on foreign policy issues, such as conflict and peace, youth activism around the world, and how to access the best internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered to diverse young people such as themselves.  Alums also had a chance to network and hear from some of the most prestigious foreign policy and international relations' leaders and professionals.  Susan Rice kicked off the conference as the keynote speaker.  She spoke candidly and made herself available after her remarks to take pictures with youth and talk more.  Youth also heard from other Foreign Service professionals such as diplomats, retired ambassadors, and international relations scholars.  The participants left the conference more aware of the most salient foreign policy topics as well as skills required and opportunities available to enhance their preparedness for leadership in an increasingly diverse and global workforce.

High School for Medical Professions in Canarsie Creates an Anti-Smoking Mural

Global Kids Senior Trainer Ranti Ogunleye and Brooklyn Smoke Free's Rachelle Rochelle 

Over 35 Global Kids students from the High School for Medical Professions in Brooklyn created a mural depicting the effects of tobacco products on teens. The students worked on the design 

of the mural with support from partner Brooklyn Smoke Free and they hope it will educate and transform their school community. The students felt the best way to educate their peers would be to create a mural focusing on the dangers of smoking tobacco at a young age. 
 
News 12 Brooklyn interviewed GK Leaders Jadaida Glover and Danasia Howard from High School for Medical Professions about their work on the mural.  Watch the video here!  And read the coverage of the mural unveiling in the "Canarsie Courier." 
It's Going to be a Busy Summer! 
School is out, but Global Kids students will be immersed in rewarding and fun activities.  Here are some of the programs we have planned:
  • Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, and Argentina. 
  • A free summer camp for NYC public middle school students.
  • Global Kids' "US in the World: International Law and Foreign Policy" program at the Council on Foreign Relations from July 14 - August 1.  George Stephanopoulos, Robert Rubin, Richard Haass, and Leslie Gelb, among others will be speaking to the students on issues ranging from the role of media in foreign policy to sustainable development goals.
  • iDesign Summer Camp for middle school students where the students will reflect on this past years' iDesign curriculum and they'll prepare to design culturally relevant video games for the coming year.
  • Global Kids will be running a NYC Haunts location based games summer program at partner organizations Exposure Camp, The Point and Brooklyn Museum.
  • Global Kids summer job placement program through the Workforce Investment Act is placing students in six week jobs this summer.
Global Kids Leaders on their way to Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer!
 
 
 
In This Issue:
Global Kids Meets First Lady Michelle Obama
Ambassador Power Visits HSGC
HRAP Holds Rally for Climate Change Education
Global Kids at Emoti-Con! 2014
25th Annual Youth Conference
2014 Conference on Diversity and International Affairs
GK Students from Canarsie Create an Anti-Smoking Mural
A Busy Global Kids Summer!
  
Student Spotlight:
Angelina Bachiller

Angelina Bachiller has been an active Global Kids Leader since her freshman year of high school up until her senior year. This summer, she has returned as a Global Kids alumna to mentor, to facilitate, and to gain more knowledge on what's happening in the world. Through Global Kids, she's made contacts from the State Department, Department of Education, Hilton Worldwide, Supreme Court, and the Costa Rican Embassy.  On June 20 2014, Angelina spoke on a student panel at the National Summer Learning Day Fair with First Lady Michelle Obama. During the summer of 2013, Angelina had the extraordinary opportunity to travel to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica for a week where she learned about the Costa Rican lifestyle, culture and issues effecting Costa Ricans. It was a life-changing experience. She says, "Being in Costa Rica with all of these amazing people and hearing the many stories about what they have gone through was the spark that ignited my passion to travel to countries in need and help people there-- not to change their lives but to make a change FOR their lives for the better."  Upon returning, she produced  a documentary called, "Global Kids Journey to Costa Rica."  In the fall, Angelina will be majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Business at University of North Carolina at Pembroke and plans on joining the Peace Corps after college.  "Global Kids has opened so many doors for me and I am so thankful to have been a part of this family. I cannot wait to return in the years to come and reunite with Global Kids and hear the many stories of how many youth had these eye opening experiences like I did."  
  
  
Global Kids Go to College!
Congrats to our graduating seniors.  Here is a list of some of the colleges they will be attending in Fall 2014:
Adelphi University
Baruch College
Broome Community College
College of Staten Island
Cortland College
CUNY BMCC
CUNY City Tech 
CUNY Hostos
CUNY LaGuardia
CUNY Queensborough
CUNY York College
Davidson College
Florida Atlantic College
Fulton Montgomery
George Mason Univ.
Hartford College
Hunter College
John Jay College
Kingsborough College
Mary Mel University
Mercy College
Miami University
Middlebury College
Moravian College
New York University
Queens College 
St. Lawrence University 
St. Mary's Univ. 
SUNY Binghamton 
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Buffalo 
SUNY Canton
SUNY ESF
SUNY Herkimer
SUNY Inst. of Technology
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Old Westebury
Vaughn College
Virginia Commonwealth Univ.
Virginia State



  
Scholarship News
 
Congratulations to our Foundation 17 Scholarship winners
Thoin Farzana and Fatmata Bah! 
Thoin and Fatmata will receive $5,000 each per year for four years towards their college education.


Global Kids awarded 10 scholarships and book awards this year through the Global Kids Scholarship Fund. 

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to GK Scholarship Fund!

  
Learn about Global Kids' impact on its alumni's lives in a special  Global Kids series on "The Huffington Post"
 



 

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