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School Programs

Global Kids thoughtfully partners with schools to offer an array of services and programs that advance school goals and fulfill our mission to develop active global citizens who are prepared to engage and succeed in our ever-changing world. We work predominantly in middle and high schools in underserved communities, but do provide special services and training in elementary schools as well. During the school day, Global Kids is able to provide academic enrichment/classroom residencies in collaboration with classroom teachers; one to one and group counseling for students; advisory workshops; college exploration and support services; attendance outreach; parent engagement activities, service-learning programs, and more. During the out of school time/extended day, Global Kids provides its award-winning programs, which combine youth development, leadership development, global awareness, and civic engagement. These program range from our flagship Power of Citizenry Leadership Program to our College and Career Readiness Program to our game design and other Digital Learning and Leadership Programs. Funding for school-based programs includes support from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, United Way of New York City and National Capital Area, individual school budgets, and other sources. Global Kids is also the lead partner in six NYC Department of Education Community Schools. For more information on partnering with Global Kids, please contact Director of Programs Yvonne Brathwaite at yvonne@globalkids.org

Power of Citizenry

Global Kids’ flagship afterschool program, the Power of Citizenry, was launched in 1995, and has grown to involve over 800 youth each year, engaging them in international affairs, civic participation and opportunities for social action. Weekly workshops are grounded in our participants’ interests and concerns about their own communities and global issues facing our society. They learn about current events, foreign policy, and human rights issues, and create projects to address issues they care about. Youth shape the content, structure, and goals of the program, and our expert staff give them the confidence, skills, and tools they need to make an impact.

Annual Youth Conference

Each year, a team of Global Kids youth design an Annual Youth Conference around a topic of local and global importance. At conferences in both Washington, DC and New York City, youth work together to identify and secure plenary and guest speakers, organize performances, and design and facilitate peer-education workshops for hundreds of attendees. Get a glimpse of a past Youth Conference here. Our 2019 Annual Youth Conference will be held on May 23rd at Hunter College! Registration is now open. 

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