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 programs 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

Power of Citizenry

Global Kids’ flagship after school 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.

Summer Institute

Funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers and OSSE in DC, the Global Kids Summer Institute brings together youth from our school year programs at Anacostia HS, Ballou HS, McKinley Tech, and Dunbar HS for an intensive summer learning program which focuses on leadership, social justice, global citizenship, and civic engagement. Participants develop service-learning projects, explore arts and activism, engage in international affairs content, and develop critical skills which bolster their critical thinking, literacy, and other 21st Century skills.


Funded by the Department of Employment Services, and run through a special partnership between Global Kids-DC and the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI), the Global Education Program is a year-round program that trains youth in global affairs and exposes them to careers in international affairs. Aligned with Global Kids’ mission, the Global Education Program aims to develop youth leaders for the global stage. Program participants are trained through weekly workshops during the School Year Program and a Summer Intensive Training institute that engages youth in meaningful international affairs content and career paths. After successful completion of the school year and summer programs, youth are also given the opportunity to apply and participate in a two-week international trip. In the summer of 2015, 2016, and 2017, students visited South Africa in culminating activities, designed to synthesize their leadership skills and career futures.

International Travel

Global Kids participants have traveled to conferences and events around the United States and trained peers in over 30 countries. Each year, our youth have the opportunity to travel to places as diverse as Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Haiti, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa, and more.

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.

College & Career Readiness

Global Kids programming significantly increases a young person’s chances of graduating from high school and attending college. Participants get an early start on college applications, explore academic and career options, get inspired about their futures and succeed in today’s increasingly globalized workplace. Global Kids provides youth with ongoing support and mentoring with activities like one-on-one college counseling sessions, college exploration workshops, goal setting, career days at corporate and government offices, panels with professionals from multiple sectors, resume building workshops, interviewing skill sessions, and college tours.