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Our Programs


Global Kids brings over 28 years of youth development experience to its Washington program. Since expanding to the DC area in 2010, Global Kids has inspired hundreds of underserved youth to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democratic process, engage actively in their communities, and achieve academic and professional success in an interdependent, technologically sophisticated global society.

GK-DC school-based programs engage youth in interactive global affairs workshops, leadership training, field trips, service projects, peer education, dialogue with experts, and college and career exploration. The programs are facilitated by Global Kids staff and teachers at participating school sites.

In the 2016-2017 school year, GK-DC operates at Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Bell Multicultural High School, H.D. Woodson High School and McKinley Technolgy High School.

GK-DC's Global Education Program for the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute

With funding support from DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), GK-DC designed and launched The Global Education Program for the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute. This is a year-round program and six-week summer institute that trains youth in global affairs and exposes them to careers in international relations.

Global Kids-DC Summer Institute

The Global Kids-DC Summer Institute engages high school students in intensive study of international affairs, career exploration and travel abroad. The institute includes a five-week foreign policy program most recently held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies (SAIS) with visits to institutions and companies like the World Bank, KPMG, USAID and the US State Department for career days and dialogue with experts. The institute is followed by a one-week service-learning trip abroad. In past summers, GK-DC Summer Institute participants have traveled to Brazil, Haiti and Costa Rica where they examined environ- mental policy, global economics, sustainable agriculture, migration, global health and developmental issues.

Upon returning to school, students conduct peer education workshops that feature their youth produced digital media as well as issue-specific content on issues affecting the country they visited.

2015-2016 GK-DC Outcomes:

  • 95% of GK-DC seniors graduated from high school
  • 95% of those seniors are enrolled in college.
  • To learn more about GK-DC, please call the GK-DC office at 202-470-0384 or email at

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