travel & summer programs
TRAVEL & SUMMER PROGRAMS
Global Kids' summer programs build global competancy by informing students about critical foreign policy issues, providing opportunities for travel, and connecting them with international affairs experts and peers worldwide. Please read below for descriptions of our 2012 and 2013 summer learning programs.
U.S. IN THE WORLD: INTERNATIONAL LAW AND FOREIGN POLICY PROGRAM
Global Kids’ U.S. in the World Initiative is an innovative yearlong program that brings thirty New York City high school students to the Council on Foreign Relations for three intensive weeks during the summer, with follow-up peer education during the school year. Students engage in leadership development activities, interact with CFR Fellows and other leading experts on global issues through roundtable discussions, and travel to top international institutions such as the United Nations, the New York Times, and Human Rights Watch. Past guest speakers at the program include Leslie Gelb, Richard Haass, Kambale Musavuli, Isobel Coleman, George Stephanopoulos, and Gideon Rose. The program culminates with a final project designed by the youth to engage hundreds of their peers in dialogue about U.S. foreign policy and international law. Click here to download a brochure! Applications for the 2013 U.S. in the World program are due May 1st. Click here to download the application.
AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Global Kids is a grantee of the U.S. Department of State’s 2013 American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through AYLP-Bosnia, youth and adult educators from the United States will participate in a 10-month program aimed at investigating the role of the media in shaping community, national, and global issues. GK and its partners will connect 20 diverse youth and adults from New York City with their peers in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a way that demonstrates the power of peer-to-peer citizen diplomacy, the importance of intercultural understanding, and the influence of the media in conflict, peace building, and social justice. For each participant, the program involves pre-departure training, a three-week experience in Bosnia, and a follow-on project. For more information about this program, please contact Associate Director of Programs Tene Howard and Assistant Director of Programs Angela Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to download an information packet!
GLOBAL GATEWAYS SUMMER INSTITUTE
Washington, D.C. & Haiti
The Global Gateways Summer Institute is a six-week program that exposes twenty-five Washington D.C. high school students to foreign policy issues, introduces them to a range of international careers, and takes them abroad on an educational and service learning trip to Haiti. The program begins with a four-week summer institute at Howard University’s Bunche International Affairs Center, where students explore key foreign and domestic policy issues. Following the institute, ten students will work as interns in D.C. based organizations and corporations, and fifteen participants will travel to Haiti to conduct service-learning and multimedia projects in collaboration with Ciné Institute and FILSECCAM. Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Stack will lead a documentary film workshop, and the Global Kids youth, along with their Haitian peers, will produce a film that explores youth and community perceptions of the post-2010 earthquake international relief effort. Students will also learn about Haiti’s rich and vibrant culture, political history, and the various dimension of the Haitian economy. Upon returning to the U.S., students will use media tools to conduct peer education workshops and organize service projects to teach about issues affecting the lives of youth in Haiti.
Global Gateways was launched in the summer of 2011 through a partnership between Global Kids and Kimberly McClure, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
BARDOLI GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
New York & Kenya
The Bardoli Global Scholars Program is an 18-month global leadership program. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is a collaboration among Global Kids, One World Now, and The National Center for Global Engagement (NC4GE). Through the NC4GE’s Bardoli Global Scholars Program, students learn leadership skills, receive digital media training, conduct public education campaigns, and participate in career readiness activities. Most excitingly, the program offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Kenya for four weeks during the summer as GK Bardoli Global Scholars.
While on the trip, the youth will learn about Kenyan culture and work with twenty Kenyan high school students to identify and research social justice issues affecting young people in Kenya. The two groups will work together to design and implement social media campaigns to build awareness around the issues they identify as important. Upon their return from Kenya, the students will be charged with conducting service-oriented projects utilizing social media to take action on social issues that exist in their own communities.
Over one hundred high school students enrolled in Global Kids’ in-school programs at Transit Tech High School and Wingate Campus High Schools are eligible to participate in this six-week career readiness program, funded by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Students attend weekly career development trainings, receive counseling and support from trained Global Kids staff, and are matched with partner sites around the city for paid employment consisting of up to 25 hours per week. In 2012, GK partner sites include the Brooklyn Supreme Court, the Innocence Project, Village Care and Medgar Evers College. Approximately twenty students within the program are matched with Global Kids for their career readiness experience. These students design and implement hands on service learning projects in their communities, meet with guest speakers, and participate in experiential learning field trips. Last year, students conducted projects to address Climate Change, Human Trafficking and Food Justice.
VIRTUAL VIDEO PROJECT
With support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Global Kids’ Virtual Video Project (VVP) teaches teens to address global issues through virtual worlds and filmmaking. The program trains youth in film production and helps them develop the skills they need to become youth leaders, critical thinkers, media producers, and global citizens. Skills such as storyboarding, script writing, and acting techniques are used by teens to create socially conscious, original stories about global issues. These stories are then used by the teens to produce machinima films within the virtual world of Second Life. Past VVP films have been made about child soldiers in Uganda, access to education, and sex trafficking. This year, Global Kids’ VVP will focus on creating a film about climate change as part of GK’s participation in the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development in Brazil.
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST PROJECT – GREENING WESTERN QUEENS
Global Kids’ Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) provides youth with the skills, support and opportunities they need to advocate for the human rights and social justice issues they care about. The 2012 Greening Western Queens HRAP Initiative, supported by the Greening Western Queens Fund and North Star Foundation, will train high school students from William Cullen Bryant High School and Long Island City High School to educate and organize over 4,000 Western Queens residents to advocate for environmental and energy public policies that improve residents’ lives and the sustainability of Western Queens. Students will spearhead a green economy initiative by conducting community surveys and interviews, meetings with local politicians, peer education trainings, and town hall forums in order to improve air quality, reduce negative health impacts and ensure long-term sustainability in Western Queens.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game in which participants navigate to a specific set of coordinates using a GPS-enabled device and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location and, occasionally, hide their own. This summer’s program will explore the many educational opportunities within geocaching, which naturally facilitates blended learning, geolocative gaming, user-generated content, and mobile learning. The program is funded by the Hive NYC Learning Network, and will bring together youth from Global Kids and the Brooklyn Public Library to learn about geocaching and local electoral politics. Participants will then create geocaching activities within a particular community that educate players about local electoral issues and the upcoming election.