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Summer Wrap Up ⎯ Fall 2016
Connecting with Japanese Peers Through Digital Learning

Global Kids Leaders in Asakusa Market in Tokyo 
For the second summer in a row, 10 Global Kids students traveled to Japan for a cultural exchange and service-learning trip. 

The GK Leaders along with Japanese youth from Katariba created a digital game to complement  the extensive prevention, education, and relief work following the 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan. They adapted GK's existing neighborhood-based game design program, NYC Haunts, to serve as a helpful tool for residents of the tsunami-effected region.

Through a process of collaborative workshops, tours (including a hike up Mount Fuji), and feedback sessions, the youth produced a game that helps younger generations of Onagawa, Japan learn about the events of the tsunami. In the game, the player walks to various locations throughout the town of Onagawa, meets locals, hears their stories, answers riddles, lights ritual lanterns for the deceased, and identifies altitudes that are safe from any future tsunamis.    
The GK students also visited Ishinomaki, touring local memorials, schools, and important community sites such as the Ookawa Primary School, a fishery, the Moriumiasu Learning Center and Ishinomaki News Station, staying with home-stay families to learn more about Japanese culture.

Click here to see photos of the trip and go to our Tumblr page to read GK Leaders' Japan trip reflections.

A public "talk-back" presentation is scheduled for December 1st from 5:30PM-8:00PM at GK headquarters where the youth will present their game and share what they learned.   Please RSVP here if you liked to join us!

Thanks to the US-Japan Foundation, ELS, and the Japan Foundation for sponsoring this incredible trip.

Global Kids Alums and GK Middle Schoolers Enjoy a New Interactive Feature at AMNH

GK middle schoolers from Q300 having fun at AMNH in the Northwest Coast Indians exhibit 
Global Kids middle schoolers from our summer camp at Q300 had an incredible time at the American Museum of Natural History's (AMNH) launch of their new "Digital Totem" in the Hall of the Northwest Coast Indians. The middle schoolers tried  out the new fun, hands-on and digital interactive feature at the museum.

Former Global Kids staffer Barry Joseph is one of the creators of this amazing new way to experience the museum. Two summers ago, Barry worked with Global Kids student interns at the museum to conceptualize the Dreams of the Haida Child story for the Digital Totem. Those GK alums were also on hand at the launch to see their hard work come to life.

Click here to see photos of the event and click here to read more about the exhibit.  
John Adams High School Students Travel to Central America 

GK staff and students crossing the Panama Canal on Peace Boat
This past J uly, 10 Global Kids (GK) students at John Adams High School traveled with Peace Boat through Panama and Guatemala where they exchanged ideas, discussed collaborative initiatives for sustainable development, gained exposure to diverse cultural heritages, met with local communities and learned about efforts in the Latin America region to maintain peace.

GK Leaders presented on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to the Peace Boat participants on the boat. While in Panama, Global Kids students stayed with Kuna indigenous families and learned first hand about their community and culture.

Arriving in Guatemala, the students joined exchange programs with civil society organizations, students, and teachers to learn about the Peace Agreement of 1996. 

The students traveled by bus to El Salvador for an exchange program with the University of Don Bosco, where they learned about the peace process that ended the civil war in 1992.

"When I found out that I got accepted to the Peace Boat trip with Global Kids, I was so excited to travel to these three different countries: Panama, Guatemala, and El Salvador," says 18 year-old John Adams High School student and Global Kids Leader, Chamallie Singh. "I always wanted to know what it felt like to travel to a different country, so being selected as one of the Global Kids students to go on Peace Boat finally gave me the chance."

Check out photos from the trip here and read their reflections on our Tumblr blog.  Also, to get a complete overview of the trip, go our website to download Peace Boat's report on the trip. 
Another Incredible Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations   
Global Kids students at the Summer Institute at the CFR discussing foreign policy 
Thirty Global Kids stud ents participated in the Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), now in its 12th year.  The Institute participants learned about and discussed foreign policy issues and built on their interest in pursuing international affairs as a major in college and/or as a career.

The students examined topics including the the crisis in Syria, climate change, global migration, the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the future of the European Union, the rise of extremism, women's rights and global trade agreements.

They heard from experts in the field including Robert Rubin, Former Secretary of the Treasury; Carla Anne Robbins, Journalist and CFR Fellow; William S. Hayes of Kosmos Energy; and Kambale Musavali from the Friends of the Congo.

To get first hand knowledge of careers in international affairs or related fields, they visited such places as Barclays, The New York Times, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Adelphi University.
Summer Time Enrichment

Global Kids middle schoolers interviewing local residents about the Black Lives Matter movement for their Radio Rookies program
Over 120 students participated in Global Kids' Middle School Summer Camp, a four-week leadership enrichment summer program.  Camps were held at five Global Kids school sites, Manhattan East, Q300, Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), PS/IS 109, and School for Human Rights.  GK Trainers kept the campers busy through enriching leadership, STEM, global education, arts and recreation programs.  They took trips to places including Governor's Island, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, WNYC, the American Museum of Natural History, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hudson River Park and explored such issues as climate change, human rights and peace-building.  Students at Manhattan East and Q300 even created their own radio shows through our "Radio Rookies" program. 
Global Kids in South Africa

GK-DC Students from MBYLI in Cape Town, South Africa
Fifteen Global Kids students from our Summer Institute in Washington, DC traveled to South Africa for a incredible, three-week leadership and career exploration trip for the second year in a row.

The students engaged with local politicians, activists, community leaders, South African youth and US government officials, including, GK's board member and US State Department Diplomat, Kim McClure.  She met with the students in South Africa and shared her experiences from being in the foreign service.

To better understand the effects that apartheid has had on the country, they visited sites including Robben Island, Guga S'thebe Cultural Center in Langa Township, the Apartheid and District Six Museum and they lived with homestay families for two days in the township of Gugulethu.

The GK students connected with peers at Claremont High School and Westerford High School through discussions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and other post-apartheid policies.

Through the trip, the students learned about the complex legacies of historical injustices in South Africa, some of which persist today, and how South Africans continue to overcome them.

This trip is sponsored by the DC Department of Employment Services and is conducted with the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute. 
Global Kids Get to Work at a Local Greenmarket    
Global Kids Leaders working at Youthmarket this summer
This summer through the fall, Global Kids is partnering with GrowNYC to bring the Youthmarket initiative to Astoria, Queens.  Youthmarket is part of a network of urban farm stands that employs neighborhood youth to sell produce grown in area farms as well as providing nutritional education and cooking demonstrations. 

Three Global Kids youth are currently working at the market.

"Youthmarket brings together many issues Global Kids students are passionate about-- food justice, environmental sustainability and youth empowerment," says Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Executive Director.

New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides allocated $10,000 in city funding to make Youthmarket a reality in Astoria at Ditmars Park. 

"Eating seasonal and local produce is important for our nutrition and to help support our local farming economy," says Constantinides.  "This Youthmarket will make local produce available for more Astorians, while exposing children to valuable lessons about the environment, business and nutrition."  
Check out the NY1 coverage of the market on GK's YouTube page. 
GK College Bound Seniors Getting a Summer Boost 
GK Students from John Adams High School on a tour of Stonybrook University
Global Kids students at John Adams High School and Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA)  got a jump start on their college application process at GK's College and Career Institute at their respective schools. They worked on their college applications and learned about college options through information sessions and college trips.  GK Trainer Juhi Kansra led a tour of her alma mater Stonybrook University for 19 John Adams seniors. 

Students in the BSSWA program got a chance to tour Goldman Sachs and meet with some of their staff.  Thanks to Margaret Anadu, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs' Urban Investment Group, for organizing the event! 
In This Issue:
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The 3rd Annual Run/Walk GK 5K will at Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday,
Click here to register for the fun family-friendly event that will support Global Kids' College and Career Readiness Program!  Tomorrow is the last day for our Early Bird Registration discount.  Register tomorrow, 10/1, before midnight and your fee is only $25!
Alumni Update 

Nsilo Mavour and Kazi Ateea

Recent GK alums Nsilo Mavour and Kazi Ateea participated in the United Nations 
 High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace and were the only youth representatives to speak before the audience. Both spoke on a panel about the role of youth in advancing the culture of peace. Nsilo voiced that a "cultural shift needs to happen" in order to achieve peace. Kazi told the audience that "the culture of peace is successful when a woman like myself or a man like Nsilo can walk down the street without being afraid for our lives." Thank you to Ambassador Chowdhury for inviting Global Kids Leaders to take part in this very important forum.
This fall, Nsilo returns to American University for his sophomore year and Kazi will start her first year at City College Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. 
Global Kids is proud of all of our 2016 graduating seniors' accomplishments. 

Here's a list of the colleges they're attending this year.

Adelphi University
Berkeley College
Bowie State University
Brandeis University
Catholic University of America
Centre College 
College of Saint Rose
CUNY Baruch College
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)
CUNY Bronx Community College
CUNY Brooklyn College
CUNY City College Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership
CUNY College of Staten Island
CUNY Guttman Community College
CUNY Hostos Community College
CUNY Hunter College
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
CUNY Kingsborough Community College
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
CUNY Lehman College
CUNY Medgar Evers College
CUNY New York City College of Technology
CUNY Queens College
CUNY Queensborough Community College
CUNY York College
Daemen College
Delaware College of Art and Design
DePauw University
Fashion Institute of Technology
George Washington University
George Washington University/ Early Medical School Program
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Gordon College
Hampton University
Iona College
Iowa State University
Institute of Culinary Education 
Johnson & Wales University
Keuka College
La Roche University
Life University
Lincoln College of New England
Long Island University
Mercy College
Mississippi Valley State University
Monroe College 
Montgomery County Community College
Morgan State University
Nassau Community College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina State University
Pennsylvania State University 
Siena College
Skidmore College
Spelman College
Stanford University
St. John's University
St. Lawrence University
SUNY Binghamton University
SUNY Buffalo State College
SUNY Canton
SUNY Cobleskill
SUNY Cortland
SUNY Delhi
SUNY Finger Lakes Community College
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Genesee Community College
SUNY Ithaca College
SUNY Morrisville State College
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Purchase College
SUNY Schenectady County Community College
SUNY University of Albany
SUNY University at Buffalo 
Union College
University of Bridgeport
University of Hartford
University of Iowa
University of Pennsylvania
Valencia Community College 
Waldorf University   

Staff Profile
Ariam Mogos 
Director of Global Kids' Online Leadership Program
GK's Ariam Mogos participated in the Scratch@MIT2016
 Conference, a forum  for individuals and organizations to discuss their Scratch projects and ideas, in Cambridge, MA this summer.  During the conference, Ariam presented on creating culturally relevant games for social justice using Scratch and shared how Global Kids works with Scratch to create digital media that has a positive social justice impact.  Ariam states "I've seen the potential of game design to promote youth self-expression, help kids learn more deeply about issues and stories that interest them, and develop important design thinking and computational thinking skills along the way."
Read our students' reflections about their summer trips to Japan and Central America on Peace Boat on our blog

Over 70 young professionals attended GK's YPC Summer Celebration to benefit Global Kids' student travel programs.  The hugely successful and fun event raised almost $4,000 for GK international student travel!  Check out the photos from the event here.


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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