Global Kids 2013 Youth Conference on Violence & Peacebuiling will be held on April 12th from 9am to 4pm at Baruch College in Manhattan. Contact email@example.com to register today!
Each spring, the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference brings together over 500 young people and 100 educators for a youth-led event that addresses an international issue of importance. In light of the recent mass shootings in this country, the increasing incidents of rape in India, and the debate over the use of drones, GK Leaders chose Violence and Peace Building as the theme of the 2013 Youth Conference. Student-led workshops will explore topics such as gun violence, the link between poverty and violence, violence against women, hate crimes, bullying, refugees, and child soldiers.
The event is organized and carried out by students in GK's Conference Planning Committee, who participate in a rigorous training process, select the conference theme, choose the event's guest speakers and, working with experts and GK staff members, develop and conduct interactive workshops for their peers. The group created the slogan Build A Global Alliance Against Violence for the 2013 Youth Conference.
As the culminating event for the youth involved in the Power of Citizenry Leadership Program, the Annual Youth Conference provides GK students with a space to demonstrate their growth in our programs. The youth involved commit countless hours to the program and many of them identify organizing the Conference as one of the most important events of their high school careers.
The Annual Youth Conference is also a life-changing event for the youth who attend. Many of them comment that the event is one of the few forums in which youth are trusted with challenging international content and given an opportunity to voice their opinions about critical world issues. As a result, many young people join our programs following the event and many educators request Global Kids services in their schools or refer students to GK's leadership programs.
In recent years, themes have included Climate Change, Global Media and Technology, Children’s Rights, Global Health, Politics, and the Environment, and guest speakers have come from such groups as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. The conference also features performances by a range of musicians and artists, as well as the young people who participate in Global Kids' Undesirable Elements theater project.