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Spring 2016 
Global Kids' Annual Benefit

On March
The Honorable Dwight L. Bush, Sr., GK Leaders Umamah and Samson and Margaret Anadu at Global Kids' Annual Benefit
7, 2016, Global Kids (GK) held the organization's 2016 Ann ual Benefit at the Council on Foreign Relations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The event celebrated 27 years of GK's programming and the students who participate in it. Global Kids was thrilled to honor Dwight L. Bush, Sr., U.S. Ambassador to The Kingdom of Morocco and Margaret Anadu, Managing Director in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs.

Global Kids' Chair, Richard Roberts, led a panel of Global Kids alums and one current student on how Global Kids has influenced their activism.  After the panel, Global Kids students in Undesirable Elements performed pieces related to their travel in Haiti and Japan.

Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible: our honorees, benefit committee, board, sponsors, friends, attendees, staff, and our incredible students.

Click here to see photos of the event.    
Progress on Climate Education
GK Leaders after meeting with staff at Melissa Mark-Viverito's office
Students in GK's Hu man Rights Activist Project are more determined than ever to man d ate comprehensive climate education in New York City classrooms.  Through their persistent email and phone call campaigns, they've gained more NYC Council Members as sponsors for Resolution 0375.  GK Leaders organized a meeting with Speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito's staff.  The staff were impressed by the effort that our students have made on this resolution and how strategic they've been in garnering support. From this meeting, GK Leaders were able to meet with staff from from the DOE to discuss next steps in trying to pass Resolution 0375.  The resolution now has 29 sponsors, only five away from guaranteeing a hearing.

To learn more about the work that one GK Leader has been doing on this campaign (and more), click here to read Kazi Ateea's interview with Chloe Maxmin on her blog, First Here, Then Everywhere.

Click here to watch a video about GK Leaders Digna Rosales's and Brianna Johnson's trip to Paris for COP21 and how it has motivated them to continue their climate change work back home in New York City.

Radio Rookies in GK Middle and High Schools  

Through a partnership with the Hive NYC Learning Network and WNYC, Global Kids is offering WNYC's Radio Rookies programs to our middle school and high school students.  Radio Rookies is a National Public Radio initiative that helps youth to create original radio segments.  To implement the Radio Rookies programming, GK staff trained at the Radio Rookies' New York City office.   This partnership aims to expand WNYC's Radio Rookies program and Global Kids is adapting their high school program for middle schools in t he afterschool setting.

GK Staff after training at the Radio Rookies office
GK is conducting Radio Rookies programming in seven schools:  Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies, New Directions Secondary School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, Global Neighborhood Secondary School, School for Human Rights, PS/IS 109 and John Adams High School.  
Through the Radio Rookies program, Global Kids aims to empower students to express their opinions using audio media, to develop their ability to learn about the world and one another through journalism, and to teach them radio-journalism skills necessary to produce their own audio pieces.
Global Kids is also using these audio projects to allow students to share with one another across sites.  Youth from different schools have been listening to their peer's pieces and are responding with their own recorded feedback, suggestions, and follow up questions.    
Topics covered so far include questions students would want to ask the President; personal identities and experiences that students feel other people don't understand; racism and the Black Lives Matter campaign; misunderstandings and distrust between adults and kids; and asking "what is activism?"  
Stay tuned for the completed radio segments at the end of the school year. 
Middle Schoolers Learn Through Service 

GK Leader from PS/IS 109 with a new friend at the Renaissance Adult Care Center
This year, Global Kids middle school students at PS/IS 109 have been engaged in service learning projects, both in their local communities and beyond.

During the midwinter recess, GK students visited Renaissance Adult Care Center, a senior citizen home. The day bridged the gap between our youth and the older adults, fostering
new friendships. Students and the senior citizens got to know each through participating in GK ice-breakers and teaching each other dances.

Global Kids at PS/IS 109 is planning another trip to Renaissance Adult Care Center at the end of March that will promote literacy through storytelling. Students will be grouped with senior citizens to read a story and create an alternate ending to the short story.
Going beyond their community in Brooklyn, GK Leaders at PS/IS 109 decided to participate in Operation Give Back: Shoes for Haiti.  Approximately 95 GK Leaders made friendship bracelets, wrote letters and produced a video to be sent along with the shoes. Each message was written in English and Haitian Creole and expressed the students' excitement to connect with them.   
Harnessing GK Leaders Musical Talents

Global Kids reaches youth through a variety of youth leadership programs. A recent addition to Global Kids' programming is Lyricist Lounge, a writing and recording workshop at the Bronx Studio School for Writers (BSSWA). Each week, almost 20 middle school and high school students gather to share and record their poetry, raps, and cover and original songs. While some students are recording, the other students come to the program to  be a part of the experience to share a new composition they are working on.

GK Leader at BSSWA recording a song during Lyricist Lounge
Through this program, GK students have a powerful opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas musically and to support their peers' work.

At the end of March, BSSWA's Lyricist Lounge will hold its first showcase bringing together students, faculty and family members to celebrate the performers who make BSSWA's Lyricist Lounge possible.

Click here to listen to some of the Lyricist Lounge's recordings!
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Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education for over 25 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today!


Global Kids'
Annual Youth Conference on Immigration and Migration
"Build Bridges Not Borders"
is taking place on April 8th at Baruch College!

Student Profile
  Omar Kane
Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
Omar Kane, a sixth grader at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA), is an outstanding Global Kids Leader. Initially, Omar was only involved in GK's middle school leadership programming. At first, he was very quiet and infrequently attended GK programs but as time progressed he became more deeply involved.
Omar is now engaged in two additional GK programs, Lyricist Lounge and Undesirable Elements. To get a better understanding of Global Kids, Omar chose to  attend Global Kids High School Leadership Program, observing and taking part in the daily agenda with high school students. Omar Kane is an incredible student who has immersed himself in Global Kids programming at BSSWA. 

Save the Date for Global Kids-DC Benefit on May 25th
at the WeWork space in The Wonder Bread Factory.
Stay tuned for more details!
Student Profile 
Alaya Shearman
High School for Global Citizenship 
Being part of Global Kids has been a wonderful and fulfilling opportunity for me, helping me grow tremendously in various areas since 9th grade. I have been able to better articulate myself in front of large crowds, get an idea of what I want to do in life, and where I might want to go for college. Global Kids' programs has taught me about important global issues such as climate change, global education, gentrification, and police brutality. They have also helped me appreciate interacting with new people. Looking back at a younger version of myself, I see huge differences to who I have become.  I've become globally aware, open to new ideas, and willing to challenge myself to travel and meet new people. My highlights as a GK Leader include meeting with Michelle Obama and traveling to Haiti to help film a documentary with Cine Institute. These opportunities have shaped how I view the world and how I want to contribute to making it better. 

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Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education for over 25 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today! 

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