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Spring 2017
Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education 
On February
GK's Executive Director, Evie Hantzopoulos, GK alumna Maya Faison receiving Global Kids' award from representatives from the NEA and First National Omaha Bank
10th, Global   Kids was presented with the First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Education Gala. 

The outstanding service award pays tribute to those who have significantly increased understanding of public education or have otherwise dedicated themselves to serving educators and students. Past recipients of this award include former President Bill Clinton, Title IX advocate Billie Jean King, Sesame Street Workshop, the NAACP, Nickelodeon, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

"This recognition of our mission and our work to engage students in  global  issues means so much to our staff, our volunteers, and the students and educators we serve," said  Global   Kids  Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos. "We are thrilled to be honored along with so many amazing educators at this celebration of public education."

Click here to watch Global Kids' Executive Director, Evie Hantzopoulos, and GK alumna, Maya Faison, accept Global Kids' award.
OLP is now Digital Learning and Leadership (DLL)! 
High school students collaborate on an emergency response kit at GK's Hack for Impact Lab
We are excited to announce that Global Kids' Online Leadership Program, launched over 15 years ago, has been renamed Digital Learning & Leadership (DLL), reflecting the evolution of our work.   DLL leverages new technology tools to teach leadership and global competency skills.

DLL students are using open source tech tools, including Makey-Makey kits and Scratch, to create socially-conscious projects for their communities and the world, while building a lasting interest in computer science and technology fields that are critical to success in today's economy.

GK introduced three new DLL programs this year:  Hack for Impact Lab, MakerSquad and Girl Hack and is now serving elementary, middle and high school students. 

Through these new engaging programs, as well as our Playing for Keeps game design, NYC Haunts geo-locative design and Radio Rookies partnership programs, DLL seeks to address the digital skills divide for students from underserved communities.

This spring, Global Kids will also scale our NYC Haunts program to Chatanooga through the Mozilla Foundation.

Learn more about what GK  students are doing in DLL programs on our new DLL blog. 
Global Kids Visits the State Department in DC    
Global Kids-DC students participating in the career day at the State Department 
The Pickering & Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA) organized a career day at the State Department for our 12th grade interested in global affairs and international careers.

The students met with foreign service officers representing Kenya, Nigeria, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Mexico. They participated in two panels covering major global issues and career options within the State Department. Melissa Clegg-Tripp, the Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Director in the Bureau of African Affairs, was the keynote speaker for the event.  
John Adams Students Spend a Week at a Meditation and Yoga Retreat     
John Adams students relaxing at the Kripalu Center 
Over February break, Global Kids staff took seven young women from John Adams High School to Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA for a week of meditation, yoga and healthy eating.  The trip was part of many health and wellness services that are funded through the NYC Department of Education's Renewal School Initiative.

Global Kids' Nicole Beck organized the trip to complement John Adams's mindfulness program.  " As a social worker, one of the ways that I work with students who experience complex trauma is by teaching mindfulness and meditation.  As a yoga teacher, I know that a moving meditation can be very powerful for anyone who practices it, so I wanted to give the students who I work with the opportunity to learn and practice these effective tools in a safe, serene retreat."

At the end of the trip, students and GK staff discussed how they could incorporate what they learned at Kripalu into their mindfulness program at Johns Adams.

When asked about what she thought about her trip to Kripalu, 17 year old, Crystal replied, "I wish we never had to leave here.  I've never slept so well in my life!"  
Environmental Activists Speak at HRAP Panel Event
Speakers at HRAP's Climate Justice Panel
Students from Global Kids' Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) led a panel discussion on the topic of environmental justice at Global Kids headquarters.

Climate justice activists from UPROSE, WeAct and The Point spoke about how they became involved in the environmental justice movement.  Many were inspired to join this movement because they grew up in communities that have been historically left out of negotiations when it comes to how pollution and climate change affect their neighborhoods.

Students and Educators from Japan Visit
Global Kids 
Curtis High School students get to know the students from Japan during a Global Kids ice breaker activity 
For the past two summers, Global Kids has taken 20 students to Japan for service-learning trips. While there, they met with Japanese students from a local educational organization, Katariba. This past January, eight students from Katariba traveled to New York City for their own cultural exchange trip.  Ten educators from Katariba accompanied them to learn about New York City's Community School model.

The students spent a day with Global Kids at Curtis High School to learn first-hand what it's like to be a New York City high school student.   

Click here to watch the NY1 coverage of the event.  Read about how the educators learned about community schools on the UFT newsletter.  
Kids Can Make a Change!

GK middle schoolers getting ready to march to Madison Square Park 
More than 50 Global Kids middle schoolers participated in a day of activism during February break.  The students began the  day by discussing what issues mattered to them.  Then, they created posters on topics ranging from immigration to climate change to education to clean water. 

The students marched to Madison Square Park with their posters and convictions. 

At the end of the day, the middle schoolers felt empowered, and they declared, "Kids can make a difference!"
Annual Youth Conference Retreat 

Global Kids students taking a break from workshop writing to make smoothies! 
Global Kids took almost 60 students to Camp Hidden Valley for a three-day, two-night youth conference planning retreat.

The students wrote and refined their conference workshops pertaining to the issue of discrimination and breaking that down into topics such as, racism, ageism, religious discrimination, sexism, and homophobia, among many others. 
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Monday, May 15th
Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY

Jack Martin
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Ellen V. Futter
American Museum of Natural History
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Global Kids Students on WNYC

WNYC's Yasmeen Khan interviewed GK Leaders Courtney Sullivan and Kate Scherer about how teens are influenced by
fake news.
Check out the radio broadcast  here.

 In February, WNYC's Janet Babin covered the continuing story of Our Children's Trust's case suing the federal government for damages related to climate change.  GK Leader Victoria Barrett, one of the 21 youth plaintiffs in the case, is featured in this story.  She talks about how Global Kids exposed her to climate change and social justice issues. Click here to hear the report.

Global Kids
Annual Youth Conference
on Discrimination
will take place on
Wednesday, April 26th
Hunter College

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Join us for 
Global Kids-DC's  
Spring Celebration 
Wednesday, May 17th 

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Michael J. Warren
Albright Stonebridge Group 

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Upcoming Global Kids YPC Events

Young Professional Committee's Passport Party
Thursday, March 30
GK Headquarters
137 East 25th Street, 2nd Fl  

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All proceeds from the event support international travel for GK Leaders.

Check out GK's Instagram page on March 30th for photos of the event. #gkpassports


Join Global Kids-DC Young Professional Committee for  
"Global Trivia for Global Kids."
Thursday, April 6th 
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The Wonder Bread Factory 
641 S Street NW 
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GK Alumna Kazi Ateea co ntinues her important climate activism beyond Global Kids.
She recently wrote an article on the importance of youth involvement in the United Nations climate change negotiations for
the United Nations Association-UK publication,
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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