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Global Kids-DC

Global Kids brought its award-winning programming to Washington, DC in 2010. Global Kids-DC (GK-DC) 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 high schools and middle schools in underserved communities. Global Kids is the only organization in the District to offer globally focused youth development after-school program for high-needs students that incorporate youth leadership, community engagement, and global education.
 
Current DC school partners include Anacostia High School, Ballou High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, McKinley Tech, Bell Multicultural High School, and MacFarland Middle School.

School Programs

During the school day, Global Kids is able to provide academic enrichment/classroom residencies in collaboration with classroom teachers; 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, Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, DC Department of Employment Services, United Way of the National Capital Area, Humanities DC, and other sources.
 
For more information on partnering with Global Kids, please contact Director, Washington DC, Program Wida Amir at wida@globalkids.org.  

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 by the DC 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 MBYLI 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 an intensive Summer Institute training that engages youth in meaningful international affairs content and career exploration. After successful completion of the school year and the summer institute, Global Kids leads a 10-day travel abroad experience for selected program youth that incorporate service-learning, peer education, and youth leadership to build global competency. Previous travel abroad programs have included South Africa, Costa Rica, Haiti, Brazil, and most recently, Colombia. 

MBYLI

Funded by the DC 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 MBYLI 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 an intensive Summer Institute training that engages youth in meaningful international affairs content and career exploration. After successful completion of the school year and the summer institute, Global Kids leads a 10-day travel abroad experience for selected program youth that incorporate service-learning, peer education, and youth leadership to build global competency. Previous travel abroad programs have included South Africa, Costa Rica, Haiti, Brazil, and most recently, Colombia.

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.

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