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  Summer 2012
Summer will be filled with foreign policy institutes, travel to Haiti and Costa Rica, digital media programs, and more! But first, we want to share a few of our students' amazing accomplishments from this past spring.

Youth Celebrate Year of Environmental Activism 

GK Leaders attend the cupula dos povos, or people's summit, at the Rio+20 Conference for Sustainable Development in Brazil.

Students in GK's Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) wrapped up their yearlong campaigns for environmental change this spring. They created a campaign - Honor the Check - which used media, petitions, and public outreach to pressure elected officials to honor the commitments made to their generation at the original United Nation's Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Five students traveled to the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20) in June to lead a workshop on "Exploring & Claiming Youth Organizing & Activism for Climate Justice" and to meet other activists engaged in this issue from around the world. (Download highlights from their trip here!) 


At Long Island City High School, students presented their final projects to ban hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") at NYU's Social Justice Expo. Their efforts were supported by students at the High School for Global Citizenship, who organized a public event around fracking at the Breukelen Coffee House.


Students at William Cullen Bryant High School met with NY State Senator Michael Gianaris to discuss his bill on environmental justice and air quality issues in western Queens. They plan to take action on this important issue in GK's Greening Western Queens program this summer.

Youth Hold Conference on Climate 

Global Kids Annual Youth Conference was a terrific success, uniting over 500 young people and 100 educators to send one powerful message: Climate Change Is Real! In addition to selecting the conference theme, GK students emceed, performed, and presented interactive workshops at the event, held at Baruch College on April 20th. Guest speakers for the event included NY State Senator Michael Gianaris, ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee GK Leader Britanny Arboleda, and environmental policy expert Paula DiPerna.

Visit to French Embassy in D.C.

french embassy

On May 3rd, the French Embassy graciously invited a group of GK students to meet Romaric Roignan, diplomat and senior counselor to the French Ambassador on trade issues. Roignan spoke about how the relationship between France and the U.S. has evolved over the years and answered student questions about French involvement in the World Bank and the G-20.

Student Journalists visit U.N.

Six GK youth attended a United Nations Security Council meeting on nuclear proliferation and were invited to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. for a student journalist Q&A session with Ambassador Susan Rice. Kashema Harvey, a junior from Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn asked Ambassador Rice about her opinion about the role of the International Atomic Energy Association in deciding policy. Read about Ambassador Rice's response and Kashema's reflections on the day in GK's most recent tumblr blog post.

Spring Break Trips Provide New Perspectives on Youth Activism

Students visited two great American cities over spring break to learn about civic participation and higher education. Nearly forty GK students traveled to Boston, where they participated in a historical walking tour of the city, visited three universities, and visited a local high school to meet with young people working on social issues around Boston.


Five students also traveled to New Orleans to participate in the ongoing recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. During the trip, students worked with the

organization Beacon of Hope to help restructure a home that was damaged by the hurricane. They also connected with young people at the Youth Empowerment Project and heard about their experiences during and after the storm.

Students Advocate for a Voice in School Closing Procedures 

On May 3rd, GK Leaders from Paul Robeson, Long Island City, Bryant and John Adams High Schools spent two hours discussing their concerns about impending school closures and phase outs with Shael Polakow-Suransky, Senior Deputy Chancellor at the NYC Department of Education. The youth emphasized the need for student participation in the aftermath and restructuring of their schools.

Teens Get a Taste of Hilton


On May 10th, the staff of the famous Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C. welcomed GK leaders for an advanced lesson in hospitality. Students were given backstage tours of the hotel which hosts important events like the National Press Correspondents Dinner and the President's Inaugural Ball. A panel of employees from Hilton Worldwide joined the students to discuss the spectrum of career tracks in the hospitality industry.

GK Training Attracts Educators from Around the World

Forty educators representing seven countries convened at Global Kids' Headquarters on May 12th to explore global citizenship and share professional best practices in implementing service learning projects with youth. The educators were participants in the American Federation of Teachers' Civic Voices Project, which is founded on the principle of comparative civics - that the politics and government of one country can be learned most effectively by comparing them with other countries. Global Kids provides regular training opportunities for educators interested in expanding or updating their professional skill set.  To learn more and view upcoming trainings, click here. 

Congratulations to Our 2012 Global Kids Scholarship Winners!


Lee Naiman Scholars ($1,500)  

Cassandra Jagroop - St. John's University 

Shereese Trumpet - City College of New York


GK Scholars ($1,000 to $1,500) 

Say Sanchez - SUNY Albany

Keanna Jardine - Adelphi Univeristy

Alysha Huggins - New York University

Shanice Bicar - York College


GK Book Awards ($100 to $500)

Paige Wallace - American University  

Andre Ware - Niagara University

Shaniah Stewart - New York University

Giuseppe De Matteis - Brooklyn College

Sheniece Bunyan - Hunter College


Foundation 17 ($20,000) 

Lizabeth Cooper from Paul Robeson High School is going to Elizabethtown College as this year's Foundation 17 scholarship winner.  Past winners include Rumman Syed who enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2011 and Crystal Ramdas who enrolled at DePauw University in 2010.

2012 benefit
Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos with Benefit Honorees Ellen Chesler and Wes Moore.
Thank You!
Global Kids would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to our Annual Benefit on May 2nd at the Council on Foreign Relations. Your support ensures the success of our programs throughout the year. We could not do our work without you!
In This Issue:
HRAP Eco-Justice Campaigns
Climate Change Conference
French Embassy Visit
Student Journalists Visit U.N.
Spring Break Trips
School Closings
Hospitality Lessons by Hilton
Educators Visit GK from Abroad
Scholarship Winners
Benefit Thank You
Student Spotlight:

Benjamin Bullock

Benjamin Bullock of Washington, D.C. says that his favorite thing about Global Kids is the feeling he gets when he is in the GK classroom afterschool. "Our trainer makes the meetings a lot of fun. We learn a lot and get the chance to interact with new people." In fact, Benjamin has had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world through GK. He was a participant in the inaugural class of Global Gateways scholars who traveled to Brazil last summer and testified on Capitol Hill during international education week. "Being in Global Kids has made me truly more globally aware," says Benjamin, "When I look at an issue now, I am always concerned about us as a world rather than us as a country." This summer, Benjamin is working on Capitol Hill in the office of Ambassador Charles Blackwell of the Chickasaw Nation of Native Americans. In the fall, he plans to attend Lafayette College in Pennsylvania as a Posse Scholar. He is interested in studying civil engineering and international affairs with a focus on environmental issues.


Student Spotlight:
Alysha Huggins 

Alysha Huggins claims that when she started high school four years ago, she was one of the shyest girls in her class. Knowing her today, that statement seems pretty hard to believe. The 18 year-old has served as one of two youth representatives Global Kids Board of Directors for the past two years and has been an active and vocal participant in many GK programs, including HRAP, the Conference Planning Committee and the Undesirable Elements group. According to Alysha, "Participating in Global Kids gave me the confidence and space to share my opinion and impact important issues in my community." Nowhere was this transformation more apparent than during Alysha's recent trip to Brazil for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, where she had the opportunity to be interviewed by PRI's The World about her experience (listen to the complete interview here). Alysha is now enrolled at NYU, where she plans to study International Relations and hopes to one day work for Human Rights Watch.

2012 College Acceptances

Adelphi University

Alabama A&M University

Allegheny College

American University

Bard College

Barry University

Benedict College

Bennett College

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Boston University

Bronx Community College

Brooklyn College

Brown University

Bryant University

Buffalo State University

Central Arizona College

City College of New York

Cleveland State University

Colgate University

College of New Rochelle

College of Staten Island

Coppin State University

Delaware State University

Drexel University

Earlham College

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabethtown College

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fayetteville State University

Ferris State University

Fullsail University

Garrett College

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Goucher College

Guilford College

Hamden-Sydney College

Hamline University

Hampshire College

Hanover College

Hofstra University

Hood College

Hostos Community College

Howard University

Hunter College

Iona College

Ithaca College

John Jay College

Kent State University

Kingsborough Community College

Lafayette College

LaGuardia Community College

Lehman College

Lincoln Tech

Long Island University

Lycoming College

Manhattanville College

Marymount Evergreen College

Marymount Manhattan College

Medgar Evers College

Minnesota State University

Monroe College

Moorhead Mercy College

Morehouse College

New York City College of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

New York University

Niagara University

North Carolina A&T State University

Ohio State University

Pace University

Penn State University - University Park & Altoona 

Pierpont College

Prince George's County Community College

Providence College

Queens College

Queensborough Community College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Sarah Lawrence University

Seton Hall University

Siena College

Simmons College

Smith College

South Plain College

Spelman College

St. John's University

State College

Stony Brook University

SUNY Albany

SUNY Binghamton

SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Canton

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Delhi

SUNY Farmingdale

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Morrisville

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Potsdam

Syracuse University

Temple University

Tiffin University

Trinity University

Tulane University

Union College

University of California - Davis, Los Angeles & San Diego

University of Hartford

University of Illinois - Chicago

University of Massachusetts - Amherst & Boston

University of Missouri

University of North Caroline - Greensboro

University of Vermont

University of Washington DC

Utica College

Vanderbilt University

Washington College

Wells College

Western New England College

Wheaton College

Winston-Salem University

Yale University

York College

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