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Summer 2016 
Global Kids Students Showcase Their Digital Media Work at 2016 Emoti-con!

GK Leaders from School for Human Rights present their "Ears Wide Open" project at Emoti-con!
This month, 29 Global Kids students from Washington Heights Expetionary Learning School, School for Human Rights, PS/IS 109, John Adams High School and GK's citywide program participated in Emoti-Con!,  
a showcase for youth who create digital media projects for social justice and positive change in the world. 
Global Kids students from School for Human Rights won the award for Most Social Impact for their radio documentary on racism called "Ears Wide Open." GK Leaders from PS/IS 109 won Most Entertaining Honorable Mention for #girlsmatter, a girls global empowerment radio show and website.  All Global Kids students did a fantastic job! 

Click here to check out photos from the event.  To listen to "Ears Wide Open," click here.  GK students from School for Human Rights and their project got a mention in The Hechinger Report
Impacting Climate Change Policy 
GK Leaders testify before the NYC Council Education Committee in support of Resolution 0375
On April 19th, 11 Global Kids high school students and one GK alumna from our Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) testified before the New York City Education Committee in support of Resolution 0375 calling upon the New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 schools' curriculum.
Council Member and Chair of the Education Committee Daniel Dromm scheduled and led the hearing.
After listening to the students' powerful testimonies, the Education Committee unanimously voted to pass Resolution 0375.  The next day, the resolution went before the full New York City Council for a vote, and it was adopted.   
Getting the resolution passed in the City Council was an incredible accomplishment and a major step in getting climate education mandated.  Next year, GK Leaders in HRAP will bring their climate education campaign to Albany to convince New York State lawmakers to make climate education a reality.  
"It's time we began educating one another on what's really going on with climate change and what we can do," testified Global Kids Leader and High School for Medical Professions Senior Brianna Johnson. "In order to have a massive effect on climate change, people must first be well educated! Once educated, we can then and only then fight to save what's been destroyed by climate change."

Click here to read an opinion piece in AM New York about the students' efforts and click here to see photos of GK students rallying and testifying for the resolution. 
Building Bridges at the Annual Youth Conference 

GK Leader Samson emcees the conference
Seeing the Syrian refugee crisis and hearing the anti-immigrant rhetoric from political candidates like Donald Trump, they were compelled to explore issues of migration and immigration at this year's conference called "Bridges Not Borders."   Many Global Kids students are immigrants or children of immigrants (some from Muslim countries) and have been directly affected by the negative discourse on immigration.  Unfortunately, the national anti-immigrant rhetoric is trickling down to their schools where they're witnessing anti-immigrant sentiments first-hand. 
Both on the main stage and in small breakout workshops, students examined issues related to migration and immigration including  climate refugees, xenophobia/Islamophobia, gentrification migration, migrant workers, Haitian deportation from the Dominican Republic and children and migration.
"This conference is an incredible platform for Global Kids youth." says Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Executive Director, "They can voice their  concerns, educate their peers, and maybe, change the world."
Click here to see photos of the event!

Middle Schoolers Get Out of Town 
Global Kids middle schoolers and educators play a team-building game on their retreat 

This past spring break week, Global Kids held its 2nd annual middle school overnight retreat. Almost 50 students from New Directions Secondary School, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, Urban Assembly Institute for New Technologies, Q300, School for Human Rights, PS/IS 109, Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, and Global Neighborhood Secondary School school sites participated in this amazing team-building, back to nature trip hosted by the  
Princeton-Blairstown Center.

"The  Middle   School  Leadership  Retreat  is an opportunity for our students to come together as a community. Global Kids students participate in activities that develop their leadership and communication and skills and challenge them to think critically and problem solve as a team," says Sophie Khan, Global Kids' Middle School Program Director. "The young people that attend this trip get to know other GK leaders and realize that they are promoting empathy, social justice and collaboration in solidarity with other middle school students." 
College Trips and Career Days  
GK Leaders from High School for Global Citizenship with Nielsen employees on "Nielsen Cares Day."
Global Kids has been working with our students all year to help them with college decisions through college trips, application parties, financial aid application assistance and one on one guidance. 

This past spring break, Global Kids took over 200 students to more than 15 colleges, including Georgetown University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Hofstra University, Baruch College and SUNY New Paltz. 
Global Kids also held career advice events where students met with professionals, listened to their job stories and asked them questions about their career paths.  Our students have been exposed to career options from a variety of fields including education, finance, media, international relations and non-profits and companies such as Nielsen, Deloitte, Time Warner Cable and Cultural Vistas have held events with our youth.  
Check out photos here from the Nielsen career and impact day with GK students at High School for Global Citizenship. 
Community Schools Engage Parents and Students

GK Trainer Simone speaks with parents at the GNSS/PS96 Community School Forum
Engaging parents, educators, local community leaders and students at our partner community schools has been a priority for Global Kids.  This spring, GK held community school forums at John Adams High School, Global Neighborhood Secondary School (GNSS)/PS96 and Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA). 

Everyone had their voices heard on how to strengthen their schools.  In the coming school year, Global Kids will help to implement some of the ideas discussed at the forums at our school sites.
An Inspiring Celebration of GK's Work in DC  
Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II addresses the GK-DC's benefit attendees at The Wonder Bread Factory
Global Kids-DC held its annual fundraiser this spring at the beautiful Wonder Bread Factory/WeWork space.  We were thrilled to honor Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.  Everyone celebrated the incredible work that GK is doing in Washington, DC, including our partnership with the Department of Employment Services and the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute, GK-DC's first annual youth conference and its newly established citywide program.  To paraphrase Ambassador Brigety, " Global Kids is worth investing in because it won't just benefit you and me, it will benefit the world."  We couldn't agree more.

Click here to see the photos from the event.   
In This Issue:

Congratulations to Global Kids' Foundation 17 and Global Kids' Scholarship winners! 
This year we awarded $26,000 in college scholarship funds to Global Kids students.

Foundation 17 Recipient 
Brianna Johnson 
SUNY Binghamton

Foundation 17 Finalists 
Kazi Attea
City College

Rubdul Bah
Georgia Institute of Technology

Christina Phillipeaux
Morgan State University

Global Kids Scholarship Recipients
Oluwafunmilayo Adewuni 
Samson Balogun
Naomi Bisnauth
Shavonne Campbell
Jeremy Edwards   
Yassmine Hussein
Brianna Logan
Eliezer Martinez
Kareem Semple 

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


Student Profile

Gladys Eliana Santana
School for Human Rights

Although she is only a sixth grader, Gladys Santana has proved to be truly "GK, All Day."  She has participated in regular daily Global Kids programs such as Leadership, Green Team, Online Leadership Program, In the News, and more.

Additionally, Gladys consistently pushes herself to try new things by participating in many Global Kids trips and events. In April, Gladys wowed and inspired attendees of the Global Kids Annual Conference as one of the first middle school workshop facilitators examining the rights of immigrant and refugee children. She also attended the Black Girls Movement Conference.  This past weekend, she along with her other GK Leaders from SHR participated in Emoti-con, an event where  where youth can present their social justice digital media projects to experts in the field.  Gladys and her teammates won the Social Impact Award for their Radio Rookies piece, "Ears Wide Open."

Gladys' favorite part of Global Kids is having the opportunity to do things she might otherwise never get the chance to do.


The 3rd Annual Run/Walk GK 5K will at Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday, October 15, 201 6.  Click here to register for the fun family-friendly event that will support Global Kids' College and Career Readiness Program!

Global Kids are going places this summer!  Check out their travel reflections from Japan, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador and South Africa in

Student Interview

Kela Stancil
Benjamin Banneker High School
When I was first introduced to Global Kids, I was very skeptical about joining because I had never really been interested in learning about global issues. I thought it would be boring and I wouldn't like it, but I was wrong! Joining the program opened my eyes to the many problems and issues that our world faces today, and it makes me feel like I have the power to do something about it.  I've met with many prestigious individuals such a representatives from the US Mission to the UN, the US State Department, forensic investigators at KPMG, famous artists and local politicians, and many others. I worked with other youth activists on our Sustainaware partnership dealing with climate change. I've also emceed the first Annual Global Kids Youth Conference in DC as well as facilitated a workshop that I designed on Youth Activism. I even had the privilege to travel to South Africa last summer! Now because of Global Kids, after graduating next year, I plan on furthering my education by majoring in International Business with a minor in Education when I go to college. Global Kids will FOREVER be an important factor in shaping who I am today.  
Global Kids has been empowering students through youth leadership and global education programs for over 25 years. Help us continue our important work.  
Make your donation to Global Kids today! 

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