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GK alumna Kazi Ateea's writes about youth involvement in UN climate change negotiations. Read her article (on page 10) in the United Nations publication, "Strengthening civil society engagement with the United Nations."
WNYC's Janet Babin reports on the Our Children's Trust lawsuit claming that the federal government is responsible for damages due to climate change. GK Leader Victoria Barrett is interviewed for her role as one of the 20 youth plaintiffs in the case. Listen to the story here.
Ed Surge interviews Sarah Giffin, GK's Digital Learning and Leadership Senior Associate, about how WNYC's and Global Kids' partner Radio Rookies program promotes digital literacy with our middle schoolers. Click here to read the article.
The UFT newsletter covers the Japanese educators visit to Curtis High School to learn about community schools. The Japanese educators and students' visit was part of a week long trip organized by Global Kids. Click here to read the article.
GK Leaders Kate Scherer and Mai Nguyen reflect on their roles as youth climate activists in Morocco at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22). Read their blog post on The Huffington Post.
To enhance the mental health and wellness curriculum at John Adams High School, Global Kids help open a new state of the art meditation room at the school. Click here to read more about the room and the new classes in CSA News.
Read Evie Hantzopoulos's piece in The Huffington Post on the importance of comprehensive climate change education. Click here to read the article.
AM New York's Mark Chiusano writes about what Global Kids Leaders and NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides have done to further comprehensive climate education in New York schools. Click here to read the article.
Global Kids Leaders Go to Paris for COP21
Global Kids took GK Leaders Digna Rosales and Brianna Johnson to Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). They wrote about their climate activism and what their hopes were for the conference in an article for the Huffington Post. Click here to read the article.
Global Kids Goes to the White House!
The Queens Courier interviews GK Leader Anthony Neciosup, recent Long Island City High School graduate and future New York University college student, about his visit to the White House for the First Lady's Reach Higher "Beating the Odds" Summit. Click here to read the article.
Staten Island Advance Features Ambassador Samantha Power Visit with GK Leaders
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power participated in a question and answer session with Global Kids students at Curtis High School in Staten Island. Students quizzed the ambassador about foreign policy issues ranging from the conflict in the Ukraine to Ebola in West Africa. Click here to read the article in the Staten Island Advance.
Global Kids' Online Leadership Program in Forbes
Forbes profiled Global Kids' Online Leadership Program in its article about how tech programs in New York City are preparing the next generation for new careers in the tech field in NYC. Click here to read the full article.
2015 Annual Benefit in Bloomberg
Global Kids' 2015 Annual Benefit was featured in the "Scene Last Night" column on Bloomberg News. Click here to read the article.
GK 5K on NY1: Runner Raise Money for Global Kids with 5K
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Global Kids held a 5K Run/Walk on November 1 at Flushing Meadows Park. NY1 was there to cover the event. Click here to watch the video.
GK Leader Anthony's Blog Post for StudentNation
GK Leader Anthony wrote a blog post on Global Kids work on climate change issues for StudentNation, the student activist blog for The Nation. Click here to read the blog post (it's the 4th post down the list).
The Weather Channel Talks to Global Kids about Climate Change
Raegan Medgie from The Weather Channel interviews Global Kids students on their climate change education in the lead up to the People's Climate March. Click here to view the video.
WNYC's Schoolbook covers the First Lady's visit to Global Kids's headquarters in July 2014. Mrs. Obama got a chance to talk to GK Leaders and learn about Global Kids programs. Click here to read the article.
NY1 Covers Global Kids Climate Change Education Activism
Global Kids HRAP students held a rally at NYC City Hall to call for climate change education in all NYC public schools. Click here to view the video.
First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Global Kids and NY1 Covers the Event
First Lady Michelle Obama visited Global Kids headquarters on July 10, 2014. She met with GK Leaders and learned about their programs. Lindsay Christ from NY1 covered the event. Click here to watch the video.
Global Kids Leaders Speak about their Anti-Smoking Mural on News 12
Global Kids Leaders, Danasia Howard and Jadaida Glover, from the High School for Medical Professions are featured on segment about their anti-smoking mural on News 12 Brooklyn. They reveal how losses in their families influenced their work on this campaign. Click here to view the video.
The Guardian Profiles GK Teens in International Cities Debate
The Guardian newspaper interviews ten young people from around the world about how they rate their home cities. GK Leaders Amosh Neupane, Makayla Comas, and Kafila Muhammad offer their perspectives on growing up in New York. When asked about his community, Amosh remarks that, “There are thousands of immigrants coming to New York every day; I myself moved here a year and a half ago. It does a great job of providing opportunities, but they are not as widespread as they should be.” Read more from Amosh, Makayla and Kafila here.
Kevin Murungi, Global Kids' Human Rights and Foreign Policy Specialist, joins The Reid Report on MSNBC to discuss the plight of the kidnapped schoolgirls, the responsibility of the Nigerian government, and the wider security implications of these attacks. Click here to view the video.
SchoolBook Investigates De Blasio’s After-school Plan for Middle Schools
SchoolBook takes an in-depth look at Global Kids' youth leadership program at P.S. 109 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, demostrating the critical role that after-school programming plays in developing the academic and social skills of young people. Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed making after-school programs like Global Kids available to every middle schooler in the city. If successful, the initiative would be the largest after-school expansion in New York City’s history. Read the full article here.
Memories of Mandela and Today's Youth
As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, Global Kids Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos reflects on the way in which his life touched some of the very first GK Leaders in 1989. "For our youth, it was the first time they were learning about these issues. It was the first time they were challenged to think beyond their immediate neighborhoods, which were plagued by violence, poverty and oppression. It was the first time they came into contact with activists from South Africa, a place they knew little about or didn't know was a country. And, it was the first time when they started to realize how powerful it can be to connect what is happening globally to their own communities, and that they can be agents of change." Read the full Huffington Post article here.
Hantzopoulos Pens Op-Eds for Huffington Post
Global Kids Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos authored a series of op-ed articles for the Huffington Post during the months of February and March. Ms. Hantzopoulos' posts have tacked a variety of topics, including The Future of Learning, Violence Against Women, and the Digital Learning Frontier. She hopes to continue contributing to the paper in the months to come.
LIC Student Testifies during U.N. Climate Conference
The TimesLedger highlights GK Leader Maya Faison, who was invited to speak via skype at the COP18 United Nations Climate Change Conference about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on her family, following her powerful op-ed article in the Huffington Post. Click to read the full article.
This Is The Future I Want
The Huffington Post features an op-ed article by GK Leader Maya Faison, a 16-year-old climate activist from Queens who is calling for stronger environmental policies in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Click here to read Maya's full article.
Students debate crisis in Syria in summer program
Art McFarland of ABC Channel 7 News reports on Global Kids' award-winning U.S. in the World Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations. Click here to watch the news clip.
Climate change: What will it take to wake up the world?
Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos teams up with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to author an op-ed piece for the Washingon D.C. newpaper The Hill on the repercussions for today's youth if our elected officials do not take action on climate change. Read the full article here.
D.C. Youth Immerse Themselves in Haitian Life
The Washington Informer features GK's Global Gateways Summer Institute as fifteen youth from D.C. travel to Haiti for two weeks to work with fifteen Haitian students on a film project with the Cine Institute. Click to view the full article!
NYC Students Stand Up for Environment at UN Summit
MetroFocus Magazine highlights Global Kids' youth campaign against climate change in this feature article on five high school students attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22. Read the full article here.
Kashema's Great Big World
A Global Kids teen learns her opportunities are as big as her world. Read the full article, published in the Bed-Stuy Patch, here!
GK's Undesirable Elements Receives Federal Art Works Grant
Global Kids is thrilled to receive $10,000 for its Undesirable Elements program, conducted in collaboration Ping Chong & Company, from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The program helps students understand how creativity and artistic expression can inform others about serious issues and create positive change in their communities and the world. To view the full article on the New York Nonprofit Press, click here.
MarketWatch reports on the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference, taking place at Baruch College on April 20th. This year’s Conference, designed and led entirely by Global Kids Youth Leaders, is all about climate change. Click here to read more.
Global Kids Named One of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work for in 2012
Global Kids placed 15th among small nonprofits and 38th overall in the annual NonProfit Times survey which ranks organizations according to employee responses on leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationships with supervisors, training and development, pay and benefits, and overall employee engagement. Read the official report here!
Founder Carole Artigiani Publishes Dissent to CFR Report on Education Reform
In March, an Independent Task Force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) produced a report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security which concluded that the United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy. A summary of the report's findings can be found on the CFR website or in this New York Times article. Global Kids founder Carole Artigiani participated on the task force and published a dissent to the report's recommendations. Click here to view Artigiani's dissent.
GK Students “Kick Butts” in Music Video
For the second year in a row, Global Kids has partnered with the Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership in implementing an anti-smoking unit for 30 ninth graders at the High School for Medical Professions (HSMP). Brooklyn Smoke-Free is an organization that, in part, fights for the health of communities throughout the borough by combating the way in which Big Tobacco Industries market their products to youth.
On March 21st, 2012, GK Leaders from HSMP spoke out against Big Tobacco and held their own National Kick Butts Day event at their school. They performed skits, facilitated interactive and informational games, brought in a guest speaker, and premiered a music video created by Staten Island artists who were inspired by the students’ work. Check out their video, “Smoke Free (Way to Be),” by clicking here!
Global Kids Welcomes New Partnership With Hilton Worldwide
In honor of Corporate Philanthropy Day 2012, Global Kids is grateful to enter into a new partnership with Hilton Worldwide. The partnership is expected to benefit Global Kids' Washington, D.C. branch, which is approaching its second anniversary and already serves 60 youth in weekly programs at Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School and hundreds more through special trainings and peer education. By summer, the program will expand to include The Academies at Anacostia and Maya Angelou Public Charter School. Hilton Worldwide team members will volunteer through career mentoring and service learning projects with the students throughout the community. Read more on MarketWatch!
GK's Barry Joseph Promotes Games-Based Learning Among Jewish Educators
Global Kids leads training aimed at getting more Jewish educators interested in “games-based learning” techniques that add high-tech and low-tech play in their classrooms. Read the full article here!
Global Gateways Program Featured in Washington Post
Fifteen D.C. high school students spent ten days in Brazil learning about foreign policy and development issues as part of Global Kids' five-week summer foreign policy institute, Global Gateways. Amber Walton, a senior at Bell Multicultural High School from Anacostia, speaks here about her experiences in the program and observations of Brazil. Click to view the full article.
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"In the daily high school routine of drudging through textbooks, annotating passages, and dissecting calculus problems, it's easy to forget that learning is an interactive process," writes high school senior Sharon Mizrahi in this Huffington Post article about her experience organizing Emoti-Con, GK's youth-led media and technology festival. Click here to read the full article.
Global Kids Featured in Education Week Blog
Education Week reports on Global Kids' selection as a 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award recipient by the National Summer Learning Association, a Baltimore-based nonprofit focused on promoting summer programs and summer learning. The award is based on overall programming quality as it relates to in-depth academic content and strengthening youth-development outcomes. Click here to learn more.
PRESS RELEASE: GK Receives 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award
The National Summer Learning Association has chosen Global Kids' U.S. in the World Summer Institute as one of the best summer learning programs in the country. This annual award recognizes summer programs demonstrating excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people, as measured by the Association’s Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs. Click here to view the complete press release.
A group of 25 New York City high school students are spending a part of their summer learning first-hand about international issues from the movers and shakers who shape opinions. They are participating in the Global Kids program, “U.S. In the World: International Law and Foreign Policy,” being held in conjunction with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Three runners will travel across the continental U.S. to raise funds and awareness for Global Kids. Their “Transcontinental Project,” will occur as the nation marks ten years since the horrific 9-11 attacks.
Students Screen Film for New Perspectives on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Award-winning Documentary Budrus was screened at Global Kids’ CFR Summer Institute on July 21st, followed by a special Q&A with Director Julia Bacha. Click here to learn more about this moving film and other unique opportunities available to youth in Global Kids’ Summer Institute.
Bronx Teens Develop Spooky Scavenger Hunt
NYC Haunts, the location-based game developed by middle school students in GK’s Online Leadership Program, is featured in The Huffington Post. Click here to read more about how the game harnesses mobile location-based gaming techniques to teach players about their neighborhood’s haunted history.
When giving back, corporate America takes a different path
Companies such as IBM and Chase are finding new ways to involve employees and customers in charitable giving. Click here to read more about how this new trend is benefiting organizations like Global Kids.
The Chase Community Giving Advisory Board has selected Global Kids as its Spring 2011 grand prize winner. According to Kimberly Davis, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, "Global Kids really impressed us. They've really thought through how they can make the biggest difference." Click here to read the official press release.
The typical video game might have players rescuing the planet from destructive alien forces, but at the Games for Change conference, games created by groups like Global Kids are allowing gamers to save the Earth from pollution, fossil fuels and other realistic problems. Click here to watch the NY1 interview from the conference with GK Online Program Director, Barry Joseph.
How High Is Your Empathy Score?
Canada's National Post explores the impact of pro-social video games such as "Ayiti: The Cost of Life," developed by Brooklyn teens enrolled in Global Kids' Online Leadership Program in 2007. Click here to read the full article.
Over 75 students came out on May 20, 2011 to support Global Kids' campaign to win $500,000 in the Chase Community Giving contest! Click here to view pictures.
This year's Youth Conference, held on May 13 at Baruch College, celebrated the power of global media and technology in effecting change. Participants were asked to "update their status" as they discussed issues such as Cyberbullying, the Environmental Impact of Media and Technology, Media Literacy, and Gender Stereotypes in the Media. Click here for pictures.
Evie Hantzopoulos Interviewed on Getting Your Money's Worth
Executive Director Evie Hantzopoulos appears as a guest on Judith West's program "Getting Your Money's Worth" to discuss Global Kids' mission and the recent New York Times article, "What Works in the Classroom, Ask the Students." Click here to watch the full interview.
Global Kids' benefit on April 26, 2011 at the Council on Foreign Relations was showcased in the New York Times Styles' Party/benefit section.
Global Kids is showcased in a special web piece on Starbuck's Youth Action. As the program expands to the United Kingdom, Global Kids is highligted as an example of what Starbucks Youth Action looks like in the United States.
Bed-Stuy Globetrotters: GK high school students from Bed-Stuy meet Ambassador Susan Ric
Bed-Stuy students Alysha Huggins, Gabriel Johnson and Irene Hupstead are three lucky high-schoolers who got a chance to meet Ambassador Susan Rice this past February at an event held at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.
The special session was organized by Rice and Global Kids, Inc., a nonprofit group based in New York City dedicated to educating underprivileged kids on the subjects of international affairs, media and public policy. Click here to read more!
Newly-appointed Executive Director Evie Hantzopolous speaks with Robin Zarlow on her program, "Night Vision," about the history of Global Kids and her vision for the organization's future. Click here to watch the video.
Global Kids Leaders with Ambassador Susan Rice
Ambassador Susan Rice hosts Global Kids youth at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and discusses her career in public service and international affairs. Click here for pictures.
In a News 9 Special, "Cool Schools: Inquisitive Students Ask Tough Questions," youth from Global Kids' program at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC take a trip to visit Chilean Ambassador Arturo Feramdios. GK Director Eddie Mandhry says the program’s goals include giving the students a chance "to influence policy, to change and address some of the things that are happening in their community and in different parts of the nation, or in Africa, or in South America, in Europe, in Asia."
Global Kids Founder Carole Artigiani is profiled in a piece by NYCitywomen on entrepreneurs who pursue "encore" careers after retirement. “Global Kids was built on all of my experiences, interests, and values as someone committed to civil and women's rights, peace, and other social issues,” says Artigiani. “We can learn from the experiences of others and need to work together to address issues that affect us all.” To learn more about Artigiani's experience launching Global Kids, click here.
Evie Hantzopoulos as Global Kids new Executive Director showcased in New York Nonprofit Press
Evie Hantzopoulos, who recently transitioned to the role of Global Kids' Executive Director, is interviewed alongside 20 other new Executive Directors and CEO's in the cover story for the New York Nonprofit Press. Click here to view the article.
CNN's Richard Roth reports on an interactive special session of the United Nations Security Council titled, 'Voices of a New Generation" seeking to give young people an opportunity to address the world's most influential body on matters of international peace and security. Over 100 Global Kids youth attended the event. GK student Kerri is featured asking the most challenging question of the day regarding relations between North and South Korea.
Global Kids Featured in International Educator
Global Kids is highlighted in the September/October edition of the International Educator. The feature story, entitled "Opening Young Eyes," provides a fascinating look at K-12 programs focused on international education in the United States. Click here to read the full article.
NY Times profiles Global Kids' Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations, where New York City youth spend three weeks listening to lectures and taking part in workshops on issues such as global warming, Darfur, child prostitution, international law, and world trade. Click here to read the full article.