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Spring 2015
Global Kids Educator Receives Recognition for Excellence
Ranti Ogunleye accepting his PASEsetter award at the Partnership for After School Education Benefit  

This February, Ranti Ogunleye, Global Kids Youth Development Specialist and GK alumnus, received the Partnership for After School Education PASEsetter award.  He was one of five recipients. The benefit and awards ceremony took place at Cipriani's on 42nd Street and was called the "Academy Awards for after school education." 
During his acceptance speech, Ranti said, to great applause, "My life is better than your favorite movie because I get to work with beautiful people who care about our most precious resource, our youth."
Ranti has made lasting connections with Global Kids youth, whether it's been through his workshops on the importance of education, sharing his experiences from his travels across the world, or engaging in an impromptu rap battle with a student.  
According to GK Leader, Kazi Ateea, "Ranti is someone I always look forward to seeing.  He is someone I can talk to about anything."
Besides Global Kids, the four other organizations honored that night were the Henry Street Settlement, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, New York City Urban Debate League, and the Rockaway Artists Alliance. 
Click here to see photos of the event!
GK Leaders at StoryCorps Share Their Climate Activism Stories
Kazi Ateea and Annie Willis in the StoryCorps booth recording their climate change stories
Human Impacts Institute invited two Global Kids Leaders, Kazi Ateea and Annie Willis, to record their climate change activism stories at the StoryCorps booth in downtown Manhattan. The Human Impacts Institute is documenting women in NYC doing climate justice work. Annie and Kazi represented the youth voice in the project.  Their StoryCorps interview will be archived at the Library of Congress and will be a part of an outdoor exhibition curated by the Human Impacts Institute at the East River Park in Williamsburg.
Middle Schoolers Learn to Code While Exploring Their Neighborhood
GK middle schoolers interviewing the owner of La Marqueta as prep work for their geo-locative game
Since the start of the school year, 20 GK middle schoolers from Global Neighborhood Secondary School have been working on a geo-locative game project focusing on immigration in their East Harlem neighborhood. 
Through the creation of their games, the students are not only gaining proficiency in computer coding, they are also building their storytelling and interviewing skills.

Half the students are examining the historical aspects of their area, visiting places like Rao's and learning about their neighborhood's past immigrants from Italy and Puerto Rico.

The other half of the students are looking at their neighborhood through a contemporary lens and they're finding out that immigrants today more likely come from the Dominican Republic.

At the end of the year, the two groups will come together to test out their geo-locative games and to find connections between the past and present.
Celebrating Global Kids-DC
GK's Executive Director, Evie Hantzopoulos and guests at The German Marshall Fund of the United States

On February 24, Global Kids-DC held a successful  benefit at The German Marshall Fund of the United States to support its educational programs for underserved high school and middle school students
in Washington, DC. Elizabeth Kucinich, international social and environmental justice advocate and Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs were our special guests at the celebration.  Former U.S. Congressman and two-time U.S. presidential candidate, Dennis K ucinich was in attendance.

"Global Kids has been providing its innovative educational programs to Washington, DC s tudents for the past four years," says Wida Amir, Global Kids-DC Program Director, "and we were thrilled to celebrate our students and our programs at this  special event."  
Click here to see all the photos of the event!
GK Students Attend United Nations Black History Month Event
HSGC Students at the UN event on Voting Rights with Wade Henderson and Sherrilyn Iffil
In honor of Black History Month, Global Kids Leaders from the High School for Global Citizenship (HSGC) attended a special event at the United Nations. United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave opening remarks followed by a discussion of the Voting Rights Act with Wa
de Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference 
on Civil and Human Rights and Sherrilyn Iffil, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Global Kids students were the only youth represented at the event.
Global Kids' Board is Recognized at the VCG Awards
David S. Birdsell, Board Chair of VCG Governance Matters; Evie Hantzopoulos, GK's Executive Director; Pamela Parizek, GK's Board Vice Chair; Claudia Suan, GK Board Member; Richard Roberts, GK's Board Chair; and David LeGreca, Executive Director of VCG Governance Matters

Global Kids was named one of five finalists for the VCG Governance Matters Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership. The New York Bar Foundation, Queens Community House, Reach the World, and Transportation Alternatives were the four other finalists.

VCG Governance Matters established the award in 2010 to honor Brooke W. Mahoney's memory.  The award recognizes the dedicated work of an entire board of directors on behalf of their organization as well good governance.

"Global Kids is honored to be a finalist for this award and to be among such a dynamic, important group of organizations," says Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Executive Director.  "We have always appreciated the hard work and dedication of our fantastic board and we are thrilled that VCG Governance Matters acknowledges their positive impact on Global Kids."
Climate Education in NYC Gains Support

Global Kids Leaders in partnership with Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) have launched a new petition related to their climate change education work.  This petition urges the New York City Council to pass Resolution 0375-2014, encouraging the New York State Department of Education to include lessons on climate change in K-12 curriculum.  

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) took notice of Global Kids' and ACE's work on climate education and is now officially supporting the petition.  Click here to read their blog post about why they endorse our students' push for climate education.  Support our students by signing their petition here!

Global Kids Leaders participating in a "Moral Mondays" climate justice rally in NYC.



In This Issue:
The Global Kids Benefit 
 is on April 1st at 
The Council on Foreign Relations honoring Edward Skyler,
Executive Vice President, Citi.

Purchase your tickets here to celebrate with Global Kids!
GK Alumna
Cassandra Jagroop


Cassandra started Global Kids through our Citywide program in her sophomore year at John Adams High School.  She was an active member of Global Kids, participating in the Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations and traveling to Poland.

Cassandra is currently in her third year at St. John's University, majoring in Government and Politics and she has continued to pursue her love of international relations.  She's staffed several Model United Nation (MUN) conferences throughout the country, the most prominent being the Global Classrooms International MUN Conference held in New York City every year. When she completes her undergraduate degree, she hopes to earn a Masters/PhD in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics.

Global Kids-DC Student Profile
Sadatu Pajibo 

McKinley Technology High School's  Sadatu  Pajibo is  only 15-years-old, but  is already making strides as a  global citizen. Joining  Global Kids in 2013,  Sadatu  realized her passion for helping others on  a global scale while still maintaining pride for her community . Last year,  Sadatu  had traveled with Global Kids to  Costa Rica as part of the DC Summer Institute, a program dedicated to  exposing youth to foreign affairs. During her time in Costa Rica,  she noticed, "[Some] people aren't as fortunate as I am. It was hard for them  to get an education and to work. They just had fewer opportunities."  Since her return, Sadatu has continued to be an active leader in her school's Global Kids program where she advocates for her peers. 


April 17, 2015


Global Kids has been introducing students to human rights and global issues for over 25 years. Help us continue our vital work.   Support Global Kids today!

The Global Kids Benefit 
 is on April 1st at 
The Council on Foreign Relations honoring Edward Skyler,
Executive Vice President, Citi.

Purchase your tickets here to celebrate with Global Kids!
Global Kids has been introducing students to human rights and global issues for over 25 years. Help us continue our vital work.   Support Global Kids today!

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