GK Leaders are gearing up to spend their summers traveling abroad, discussing foreign affairs, developing games for good, and planning environmental campaigns. Before we dive in, let's recognize all the great things they accomplished this spring!
|Students Show Off Digital Design Skills at Emoti-Con!|
Global Kids was proud to help organize and represent at the fifth annual Emoti-Con! conference at the New York Public Library. At this annual youth digital media and technology festival, over 150 students presented projects and heard speeches from industry experts. GK youth from MS391 in the Bronx showed off a math-based game called Fishy Trouble which they developed from scratch. Long Island City High School students presented Turn it Up, a collection of media projects developed as part of their after-school program. The School for Human Rights presented a PSA they created around the phrase "what would you walk for," after learning that children in Haiti often walk up to 3 miles to procure clean water for their families. Kudos these digital entrepreneurs!
|Annual Youth Conference Tackles Violence & Peacebuilding |
On April 12th, over 500 young people and 100 educators - including a contingent of 20 students from GK's Washington, DC program - came together in a powerful display of unity at Global Kids Annual Youth Conference. In light of the recent mass shootings in this country, the increasing incidents of rape in India, and the debate over the use of drones, students chose Violence and Peace Building as the theme of the 2013 Conference. GK students emceed, performed, and facilitated interactive workshops on topic such as refugees, hate crimes, child soldiers, and bullying at the event. Click here to view photos from the event!
|Students Gear Up for Summer Trips to Bosnia and Costa Rica|
Global Kids is honored to be a grantee of the U.S. Department of State's 2013 American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP). Through this exciting program, 18 GK Leaders will have the opportunity to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer to investigate the media's role in shaping perception. Global Kids will connect with a peer group in Bosnia to explore the country's recent history and contemporary issues. Together, the two groups will develop skills in media literacy, leadership, peer education, and cross-cultural communication.
While NYC students are exploring the sights and sounds of Bosnia, eight students from Global Kids' Washington, DC program will travel to Costa Rica as the culmination of the six-week Global Kids DC Summer Institute. Through interactive workshops, speakers, and field trips in DC, the students will first study a set of international issues and career paths in international business, diplomacy, academia and the public sector. Following the institute, participants will travel to Costa Rica to explore these same issues through another country's lens and connect with youth from a different culture.
|Act Now Environmental Conference
Students pose for photos with the sign "We are Climate Heroes Together" while others sign online petitions at the Act Now Conference social media station.
Although school was not in session, over 150 student and adult activists spent June 6th at Global Kids' first ever Act Now Environmental Activism Conference, held at the CUNY Law School in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education, CUNY Laws School Center for Urban Environmental Reform and City Growers. Students discussed solutions to climate change and environmental issues impacting public health in their neighborhoods, and learn how laws can be used for environmental activism. They also launched an online petition
to install green roofs on more public schools, asking NYC School Chancellor Dennis Walcott to install one new school green roof in each of the city's five boroughs. Students will take the campaign forward though the Greening Western Queens Environmental Action Institute, being led in collaboration with the New York Horticultural Society this July.
|Alumni Celebrate Annual Reunion
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Global Kids celebrated its third Alumni Reunion on Saturday, June 15th with over 50 former program participants. We were especially pleased to hear these updates from our former GK Leaders:
- Sabienne Brutus ('09) just graduated from Tufts University with a double major in International Relations and Political Science.
- Ashu Kappor ('08) is pursuing a PhD in Neuropsychology at Yeshiva University.
Yassi Jessica Tamdji ('06) is starting an apprenticeship at
Public Allies this fall through a connection she made at the Global Kids Career Day.
- Michaiah (Dominguez) Miller ('00) has founded BetterBody Community, a group designed to motivate people to live healthier lives.
Global Kids alumni are taking the world by storm! During the reunion, alumni were asked to brainstorm ways to celebrate Global Kids' 25th Anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year. If you are interested in joining the alumni steering committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Playing For Keeps Summer Camp Offers Students Intro to Digital Design|
Global Kids Online Leadership Program is running a Game Design Summer Camp! The camp is divided in two sessions: one for middle school and one for high school students. Participants will learn the basic concepts of game design and will produce a game using a design platform such as Scratch, Stencyl or Gamestar Mechanic. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to spend the summer in a productive, fun and engaging way. To learn more about program fees or to apply, please visit p4k.globalkids.org or contact Juan Rubio at email@example.com.
|Students Graduate GK with Style
We are thrilled to congratulate all of our graduating seniors on their achievement and to wish them all the best of luck as they move on to college and beyond. At Global Kids' end-of year Extravaganza celebration, GK staff recognized the achievements of Maya Faison
, a remarkable GK Leader who has been selected as this year's Foundation 17 scholar. Maya will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship as she enrolls in Adelphi University in the fall. In addition, eleven students received GK scholarships (ranging from $100-$1500) and will be attending, among others, Syracuse University, Hampton University and New York University in the fall.
|Students To Paint Staten Island Mural|
Joseph Sanchez shares his design for the mural.
The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW) and Global Kids are working to improve a Staten Island eyesore. The Barrett's Triangle Bus Shelter in St. George is often flooded with commuters and high school students. Neighborhood residents complain of litter, kids loitering and crime taking place at the bus shelter. In order to make this dream a reality the SIPCW has teamed up with Scott Wegener, a Staten Island based comic book artist and Global Kids. Scott will be working alongside GK students from Curtis High School to develop several designs for the mural. They are working on a theme that focuses on fitness and active living with a lot of color that would brighten up the area.
|GK Benefit Honors Monique Coleman|
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On May 9th, Global Kids was thrilled to honor United Nations Youth Champion Monique Coleman as part of its 2013 Annual Benefit Celebration. Though she is best known as Taylor Mckessie in Disney's High School Musical franchise, Monique's most significant role came in 2010 when she was appointed first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. Following her appointment, Monique initiated a six month global tour to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing youth and encourage young people to foster progress in their communities. Today, Coleman is the founder and CEO of GimmeMo, a multi-platform community that inspires youth through positive dialog.
|Harlem Shake for Health|
Students from GK's Citywide Leadership program designed and created a PSA to celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31st. Students felt compelled to let Big Tobacco companies know that they oppose youth marketing tactics and stood in solidarity for global health. Their PSA, shown below, is complete with informative statistics and a Harlem Shake!
Imagine a World Without Tabacco
Global Kids has been selected by the Catalogue for Philanthropy
as one of the Best Small Charities in the Washington, DC Area!
Global Kids did not inspire Annie Willis to want to become a politician - that happened much earlier, when she was a child going to work with her mother at Assemblywoman Michele Titus's office. But Global Kids did feed Annie's desire to learn about politics and take action in her community. This year, the sophomore dove in to GK's leadership program, taking up the call to end violence against women by leading workshops for her classmates at Long Island City High School. She also joined GK's Greening Western Queens campaign to address environmental issues in her community. Through the Undesirable Elements performance troupe, Annie learned to be more outspoken and assertive. As a part of the Conference Planning Committee, she put those skills to work facilitating workshops for her peers. This summer, Annie has been invited to travel with Global Kids to Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn about the influence of the media on global issues. When she returns in the fall, she will be inducted as Global Kids' newest representative to the Board of Directors. "I want to do it all," says Annie of her time at Global Kids. We think she is off to a pretty good start!
Originally from Bangladesh, Redwan Pranto grew up in apartment building next to a park and pond. Over time, the park got smaller due to construction and the pond became filled with debris. Redwan's asthma became worse as the construction escalated. In 2010, after a cyclone flooded his town and crippled the local economy, Redwan's family was forced to leave in search of new job opportunities. Redwan emigrated to the U.S. and settled with his family in Jamaica, Queens. Through Global Kids, Redwan started to learn about climate issues and how Bangladesh is one of the countries in the world that is most impacted. Eventually, he says, "I made the connection between climate change, the severity of the Cyclone, and my health problems. I made the connection and then I started taking action with Global Kids." Redwan is currently working on a green roofs campaign with Global Kids' Human Rights Activist Project and is a fellow with the National Youth Climate Exchange. He joined Global Kids to be part of the international climate change movement, as he hopes to make a difference in a larger scale. Through GK, Redwan has traveled to Washington, DC to lobby for the Clean Air Act and emceed the first Act Now Environmental Activism Conference for over 150 guests. He hopes to study aeronautical engineering.
2013 Global Kids College Acceptances
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Bronx Community College
Central State University
City College of New York
City Tech College
CO-OP Tech College
College of Staten Island
Dutchess Community College
Florida Memorial University
Fort Valley State University
Fulton Montgomery Community College
Genesee Community College
Hostos Community College
Hudson Valley Community College
Kingsborough Community College
Long Island University
Macaulay Honors College
Mary Baldwin College
Medgar Evers College
Mohawk Valley Community College
Morgan State University
Nassau Community College
New England College
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Queensborough Community College
St. Francis College
St. John's University
St. Leo University
SUNY Albany University
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Stony brook
Texas Southern University
The New Community College
Tompkins Cortland Community College
University of Bridgeport
University of Chicago
University of New Haven
University of Sienna
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
William Patterson University