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Winter 2016
Youth Activists Travel to Morocco for COP 22 
 
GK Leaders Kate, Mai, Karoline and Courtney in Morocco for COP22

The morning after this year's presidential election, four Global Kids students and one educator traveled to Morocco to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22.   

The group went to as many UN events as possible, but learned that youth were often not included in the major United Nations climate meetings.

According to GK Leaders Kate Scherer and Mai Nguyen,
"While often felt left out because of our age, we found other ways to learn, grow and make our voices heard."

From informal chat sessions with fellow climate activists at their youth hostel to marching in a 350.org sponsored climate rally to leading interactive workshops on climate justice issues for fellow youth climate activists at the American School in Marrakesh, the GK Leaders made their voices heard.  
 
One of the highlights of the trip was a luncheon with Ambassador Dwight Bush at the US Embassy in Morocco.

After their packed week of climate change activist work, the group took an overnight trip in the Sahara.

Click here to read Kate and Mai's blog post about their roles as youth activists at COP22 on The Huffington Post.

Read Courtney's, Karoline's and Kate's COP 22 reflections on the youth climate activist blog, First Here, Then Everywhere.

And check out photos from the trip on our Flickr page
Global Kids Post-Election Teach-In  
GK's Coco Killingsworth leading the Teach-In
In response to concerns about the presidential election results, Global Kids hosted a "Teach-In" with our high school students, staff and expert speakers.  The event created a space for the youth and adults to discuss their concerns and learn about their rights.

Racism, immigration, Russian relations, Muslim registry, deportations, prejudice and foreign policy were among the many issues the students raised during the evening.

The audience heard from Rocio Silverio, Kinship Coordinator, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (and a Global Kids alumna); and Rama Issa-Ibrahim, Lead Advisor-Community Relations Bureau, NYC Commission on Human Rights.

At the end of the event, students told us what support and guidance they want from Global Kid
s in the coming years.  
John Adams High School Meditation Room  

John Adams's Assistant Principal, Dr. Silverman speaking at the opening of the school's new meditation room  
After nearly a year of planning and preparation, John Adams High School opened its new state-of-the-art mediation room providing innovative mindfulness, health and wellness supports at the school.

"Mindfulness meditation has been a passion that I've enjoyed sharing with students. With all that goes on inside and out of the classroom, it's been my goal to find a safe space free from noise and distraction," says John Adams High School's Assistant Principal, Dr. Silverman. "I could not be more pleased with the teamwork that has resulted in this beautiful, serene room." 
 
Global Kids, the lead community school partner at John Adams High School, helped the school transform a dark, unwelcoming room into a peaceful retreat for students and staff alike.

"Students don't enter school with one problem, and there isn't one solution that will work for everyone,"says Tiffanie Lewis-Durham, Global Kids' Director of Community Schools. "We need different methods to respond to the issues students and staff face and a comprehensive mindfulness program at the school is a unique and creative way of addressing mental health issues."

Click here to read coverage of the event in the CSA News.

Girls Create Computer Games to Address Women's Issues  

GK Trainer Iram Jabbar leading a Girl Hack workshop at Curtis High School

This fall, Global Kids introduced a new digital media program, "Girl Hack," for girls grades 9-12 at John Adams High School, Curtis High School, William Cullen Bryant High School and High School for Art and Design.

The
program explores domestic and global girls and women's issues through game design and computer programming. The program covers the historical, current and future challenges women and girls face throughout their life cycle including child marriage, global standards of beauty, access to education, water and sanitation, reproductive health rights, workplace discrimination, unemployment and more. Participants are exposed to how these issues are addressed through a human rights framework. 
 
Throughout this year, participants are exploring these issues through a project-based curriculum in which the students produce digital campaigns, animations and games. The students are mastering computational thinking and employing this skill to code their own original games and media. 

Thanks to The New York Community Trust for making this program possible!
High School Students Present on Their Travel Experiences in Japan   
GK Leader presenting on her experiences in Japan at the GK talk back event 
Global Kids hosted a "talk back" presentation with the students from our summer Japan trip.  Global Kids Leaders form the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists talked about how they taught their Japanese peers to dance the "Bachata," a traditional Dominican dance.  Others spoke about their homestay families and how they saw first hand the damage from the tsunami on the towns of Onagawa and Ishinomaki and the renewal efforts there.  The students presented their geo-locative game they created with their Japanese peers as a tool to assist tsunami-affected residents.

Their incredible summer trip was made possible by the support of the US-Japan Foundation, the Japan Foundation and ELS. 
Middle Schools Election Day Activities   

GK middle schoolers learning about voters' rights on Election Day
 

Global Kids' middle schoolers are too young to vote, but that didn't stop them from being active participants in the election process.  On Election Day morning, Global Kids students from Q300, Manhattan East and School for Human Rights learned about election rules in the United States. 

In the afternoon, GK middle schoolers visited Madison Square Park to encourage adults to vote and then find out why they were voting. 
Global Kids-DC Goes on College Tours   

GK Leader at Virginia Commonwealth University 
Global Kids -DC took 45 GK high school students on college tours throughout Virginia, including Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia and University of Mary Washington.  In order to gain insights into the college admissions process, GK students spoke with the schools' admissions counselors.  They also met with some Global Kids alumni at the schools to find out more about college life. 
In This Issue:
  
  
 
Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education programs for over 27 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today!

  
  

We are proud to announce that Global Kids will be presented with the NEA Foundation's highest honor,
The First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education
at their gala on February 10, 2017.

Click here to learn more about the event!



  
  

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pport Global Kids this holiday season and all year by purchasing gifts through smile.amazon.com 

Designate Global Kids as your non-profit organization and Global Kids receives a percentage of the proceeds from your purchase!

  
  

We are thrilled that Global Kids was awarded the NBCUniversal Foundation 21st Century Solutions Grant! 

The grant will support Global Kids' latest digital media citywide program
Hack for Impact Lab.   
Students in the program will address a local or global challenge and come up with solution leveraging technologies, such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Scratch and MIT App Inventor.

   
  
  

The GK 5K was a huge success thanks to our incredible supporters, sponsors, in-kind donors, participants and volunteers! We raised almost $30,000 to support our College and Career Readiness Program. 
Thank you!

Check out our Flickr page  to see all the pictures from the event!

  
  

Check out GK Leader Tehmeena's blog post  about her path to advancing women's rights in The Huffington Post.

  
  
Community Schools
in Action!

Bronx Studio School  for Writers and Artists (BSSWA)



Global Kids staff at BSSWA
 
have been implementing programs and organizing events to engage
the community.  Some of the highlights from this year include: 
  • Organized "Family Paint Night" where BSSWA families and GK Trainers participated in a paint class led by BSSWA art teacher.
  • Introduced a new component, "Success Mentors," in attendance support for the students.
  • Hosted a family feast for the entire school community
  • Ongoing one-on-one college and career sessions with BSSWA high school students.
     
  
  
 
Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education programs for over 27 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today! 



  
  
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