Winter 2013

With over 900 young people participating in our dynamic programs each week, Global Kids is looking forward to celebrating 25 years of developing youth leaders for the global stage in 2014. Before we officially start the party, we'd like to reflect on some of the best events from this fall semester and thank you for being a part of our extended GK family!

Students Quiz De Blasio on Environmental Policies 
GK Leaders were busy planning their environmental campaign for the fall, when who should appear outside on the street, but Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio! The students lost no time in introducing themselves to the new mayor and asking him some tough questions about his plans for improving New York's waste management and recycling systems in the coming term. We're glad to see these youth leaders are paying attention and keeping our new mayor focused on these critical issues!
OLP Launches National Science Foundation Program
Students in Playing for Keep design a game with objects they found in the classroom.
In partnership with Hofstra University, Global Kids' Online Leadership Program was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year grant to expand to seven new school sites in Long Island and New York City. This project provides GK with the opportunity to expand its already successful Playing for Keeps program to select middle and high schools, while training and supporting a cohort of teachers who will implement game design clubs. After intensive professional development this fall, the new clubs will launch in January.
GK Students Honor Mandela Yesterday & Today
Nelson Mandela Rally, NYC 1990
In 1989, Carole Artigiani brought activists from South Africa to speak to a group of students who would soon become known as Global Kids. For many of the youth, it was the first time they had learned about issues such as apartheid, oppression, and the imprisonment of Mandela. It was the first time when they started to realize how powerful it can be to connect what is happening globally to their own communities, and that they can be agents of change. (Read more about their experiences in this Huffington Post article)
Students honor Mandela at a youth panel at NYU
 
Twenty-five years later, Global Kids continues to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela through honest conversations about power and discrimination in our communities and our world. On December 11th, after participating in a special event at New York University where they discussed how environmental disasters impact schools and low-income communities, students paid tribute to Mandela by holding a moment of silence in his name. GK hopes to continue doing work that Mandela would be proud of for many years to come. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -Nelson Mandela
GK Screens Student Film at Unique DC Friendraiser
Over 100 guests joined Global Kids on December 11th at Top Chef veteran Spike Mendelsohn's DC restaurant We, The Pizza for a special screening of The New Soul of the City , a short video created by GK-DC students who participated in Global Kids' DC Summer Institute and a service-learning trip to Costa Rica. Spike created a special pizza, called The Global Kid, for the event. Remarks were given by former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Costa Rica's Ambassador to the United States, Muni Figueres. Click here to watch the youth-produced video and see pictures from the event.
Students Celebrate Big Win in Green Roof Campaign!
Global Kids students in the Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) transformed an unused terrace into a rooftop garden at Bryant High School in Queens this fall. The new green space, installed in collaboration with the Horticultural Society of New York, was designed and planted by GK students as part of their campaign to promote green roofs on schools in environmentally burdened communities. It features hundreds of herbs, vegetables, perennial shrubs, and colorful flowers that will be used to teach students about ecology and farming. Thirty students participated in Global Kids' Greening Western Queens Environmental Institute this past summer, where they learned about the benefits and construction of green roofs. On November 4th, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and State Senator Michael Gianaris held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new garden and congratulate students for their hard work. Gianaris said, "The Bryant High School rooftop garden will not only help our young people develop an appreciation of the environment from a young age; it is also a testament to our community's resiliency."
Youth Ambassadors Report Back!
On November 20th at Baruch College, 18 Global Kids students presented their experiences as youth ambassadors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The students spent three weeks this summer exploring media and society as part of the U.S. Department of State's American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP). The report back event began with students and guests sharing a meal of Bosnian cevapi, burek and pite -- all foods the participants came to know well during their time abroad. Opening remarks were presented by Bosnian Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Dragana Anđelić, who spoke of the importance of youth engagement in global issues. The main program featured a student video as well as spoken reflections and Q & A on the trip. It was truly an inspiring event and Global Kids is thrilled to be continuing the AYLP Bosnia program in 2014 with a new group of twenty students!
In This Issue:
Bill de Blasio
National Science Foundation Program
Nelson Mandela Rememebred
DC Friendraiser
Green Roof Campaign
Bosnia Youth Ambassadors
  
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25th Anniversary Gala

 

March 11, 2014

6:00 to 9:00pm

Council on Foreign Relations

 

  
Student Spotlight:
Angel Morales
 
  

Thirteen-year-old Angel Morales may be young, but she has already proven herself to be a powerful force for change in her community. This winter, students in Global Kids' program at The School for Human Rights, where Angel attends eighth grade, have been working together to organize a canned food drive. Angel was elected Team Leader of the campaign's "street team," which was tasked with getting the word out to students in every hallway. Angel motivated her peers to be loud and proud about their campaign, which has already collected over 100 cans of food. Building on their success in the drive, Angel and her classmates are creating a video game about the challenges of running a food drive. Angel helped design level one, which asks players to convince a room full of students to follow them out of the classroom to the food drive. Next year, Angel hopes to attend one of New York's selective high schools, where she says she will take along many lessons she learned at GK. "I've learned that you have to believe in yourself. If you don't believe in who you are and what you're doing, no one else will either." With that attitude, we don't wonder if Angel is ready for high school; we wonder if high school is ready for Angel.

 

  
Student Spotlight:
Amosh Neupane
 
 

When Amosh Neupane remembers his first months in the U.S. after moving from Nepal last year, he describes himself as a wallflower who was too scared to speak up in class. After taking part in Global Kids' Environmental Institute this summer, something changed. "I realized that I'm a Global citizen and it's as much my duty to advocate for the Earth as it is of the governmental leaders of the world." Since then, Amosh has been leading the charge in many of GK's environmental campaigns. In September, he marched in the Draw the Line protest rally against the Key Stone XL pipeline. In November, he was featured on the "The Many Shades of Green" radio talk show. This month, he led his peers in a discussion of environmental priorities at the Talking Transition tent in New York. Amosh's favorite experience so far? That would be in October, when he traveled to Pittsburgh for the "Powershift 2013" Conference to facilitated a workshop for the Alliance for Climate Education. According to Amosh, "those three days were some of the best days of my life."

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