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Undocumented & Unafraid: How I Embraced My Status to Empower Today’s DREAMers

Alejandra Ruiz, Global Kids’ alumna, describes how Global Kids changed the course of her life by introducing her to activist work around immigration laws. Today, years after Global Kids, she continues to work on helping undocumented immigrants. Click here to read her story

I Learned Things I Wanted to Teach Others

Tung Cheng, one of the first Global Kids youth, recalls how Global Kids changed his worldview and how Global Kids was about education, but also about voicing your opinions.  Click here to read his story

Seeing The World Through New Lens and Becoming a Leader

Read GK alum AM’s account on her life-changing trip to Northern Ireland in 1997 with Global Kids and how GK helped her become a leader.  Click here to read her story

Global Kids:  You Guys Do Matter

GK Alum, Melissa Williams, talks about how Global Kids showed her that students like her mattered and had a voice, how GK helped her work on human rights issues, and how that background informs her important public health work today.  Click here to read her story

How I Stayed in College and Followed My Dreams

Sabienne Brutus, a Global Kids alumnus, talks about how Global Kids helped her feel confident enough to stay in college and succeed.  Click here to read her story

Empowering Youth and Creating Change

Dave Lyons, an early Global Kids alumnus, talks about how Global Kids gave NYC high school students a space to have their voices heard.  Click here to read his story

My Global Kids StoryGK alum Zana Murdock talks about how Global Kids helped her find her voice, introduced her to global issues and how it even assisted her in getting a full scholarship to college.  Click here to read her story

Building Something Great

GK Alumna, Keri Arokium, speaks about how Global Kids helped her find a community in her new home and how empowered she felt to help build Global Kids.  Click here to read her story

A Transformational Trip and a New Global ViewGK Alum Raiyan Syed speaks about his trip to London with Global Kids to participate in the Model UN and how it completely changed his world view.  Click here to read his story

At Global Kids, Everyone is Welcome and Everyone Participates

Global Kids alumnus and former GK Trainer, Fahim Farazi, talks about how Global Kids helped him feel more comfortable in school and how he “turned into someone who was part of every group.”  Click here to read his story

Overcoming a Hurricane Sandy Loss to Educate Others on Climate Change

A recent GK alum, Maya Faison, speaks about a personal loss during Superstorm Sandy and how Global Kids helped her channel her frustration and sadness into helping others learn about climate change.  Click here to read her story

Being Part of the Global Discussion

Mustafa Riffat, GK alumnus and current member of GK’s Young Professional Committee, talks about how Global Kids informs students about global policy issues and prepares them to be part of the changing world.  Click here to read his story

It’s About Making an Impact

Yassi Tamdji, GK alumna, discusses how Global Kids introduced her to foreign policy and the importance of making a positive impact on her community and the world.  Click here to read her story

Knowing There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Smart and Engaged

Through programs such as GK’s Summer Institute at the Council on Foreign Relations, Global Kids fostered a safe space for GK Alum and current GK Young Professional Committee member, Omar Khedr and other GK Leaders to be “smart and engaged.”  Click here to read his story

Finding My Voice and Creating Poetry From Tragedy

GK alum Usman Hameedi shares his story of loss from 9/11 and he reveals how Global Kids helped him channel his emotions into something creative and positive– poetry.  Click here to read his story

Helping Youth Be Bold

Read GK alum and current educator Ranti Ogunleye’s story on “The Huffington Post.” He talks about his transformational trips to Croatia in the late 1990s.  Click here to read his story

Never Giving Up and Graduating High SchoolGK alum, John Connors, tells how Global Kids inspired him to complete high school and how it impacted his worldview.  Click here to read his story

A Young Woman Creating Video Games for Social JusticeGK alum, Jessy Jo Gomez, talks about how Global Kids introduced her to social conscious video game design and how she continues to create games for a change.  Click here to read her story

Advocate for Women’s Rights Inspired by High School ActivismGK alum Joliz Cedeno talks about how her early activism as a Global Kids student influenced her work on women’s rights today.  Click here to read her story

An Engineering Student Working to Improve His CommunityRead GK alum Nahtahniel Reel’s account of how he learned that youth don’t have to wait to become adults to solve problems and how he chose his career path because he wanted to make communities more environmentally friendly.  Click here to read his story

Global Kids Changed My LifeLeinz Vales, a GK alum, tells how Global Kids introduced him to foreign policy and activist work and how ‘Global Kids open(ed) a door you never thought you would go through.”  Click here to read his story

A Place Where Every Young Person Has a Chance To Be a LeaderCelena Green, a GK alum, describes how at Global Kids “everyone has an equal chance to make a contribution.” Celena also talks about how her work with Global Kids in and after high school impacted her human rights work today.  Click here to read her story

Finding a Safe Haven and an Opportunity to SucceedEdwin Zambrano, a GK alum, describes how Global Kids helped him get to college despite being undocumented and how the organization influences how his work today.  Click here to read his story

Pioneering Human Rights Activism Through Digital TechnologyGK alum, Nafiza Akter, talks about how Global Kids introduced her to socially conscious game design. Despite society sometimes hindering women from embracing technology, “Global Kids helped [her] realize that [she] could do something in technology without being afraid.”  Click here to read her story

Global Kids:  Social Justice, Community, and the WorldDwayne Nash, one of Global Kids early students, describes how Global Kids allowed him (and all the other youth) to have a forum to voice their opinions– it was placed where their thoughts mattered. Global Kids also introduced him to foreign policy and global issues which have influenced him far beyond high school.  Click here to read his story

Becoming a Global Kid:  Stories of ChangeGlobal Kids’ Executive Director, Evie Hantzopoulos, introduces the Global Kids/Huffington Post special series featuring stories from Global Kids alums and highlighting the important impact that the organization has had on their lives.  Click here to read her article

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