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25 Global Kids CE L E BR AT I N G T WEN T Y-F I V E Y EARS A NNUA L R E P OR T When Carole Artigiani founded Global Kids in 1989, she saw a need to introduce students from underserved communities
25 Global Kids CE L E BR AT I N G T WEN T Y-F I V E Y EARS A NNUA L R E P OR T When Carole Artigiani founded Global Kids in 1989, she saw a need to introduce students from underserved communities to civics, foreign policy and international relations and she thought Global Kids would fill that gap. She was inspired by the diverse communities in New York City. The students were from different countries, spoke multiple languages and she felt they would be attracted to international issues. If youth became engaged and inspired, they would be motivated to succeed in school. Global Kids and its programming were built on these beliefs. This past year, Global Kids embarked on a history project documenting the impact of Global Kids through the stories of 25 alumni. This group is representative of the thousands of incredible students who have gone through Global Kids. These former GK Leaders are now pursuing careers in human rights law, public health policy, immigrant rights, engineering, technology, international women s rights, finance, and biomedicine, among many others. More importantly, we found that no matter what field our students enter, they bring their Global Kids values with them. They give back to their communities, they are interested in global issues, and they listen to and engage with others on meaningful and significant levels. Their stories are published in The Huffington Post and can be found here: We are grateful for the generous support from The Andreas Foundation for this project. Global Kids makes you bold. You feel like no is not an option. You have hope. It makes you feel that you can change things. Ranti Ogunleye, Global Kids alumnus and current GK Youth Development Specialist Table of Contents Global Kids Mission and Program Years of Global Kids: A Letter from the Executive Director and the Board Chair...3 Global Kids Reach... 4 A Lasting Impact...5 Power of Citizenry... 6 Annual Youth Conference...7 Human Rights Action: At Home and In the World... 8 International Travel: Opening New Vistas Years of Global Kids Timeline College and Career Readiness...12 STEM Skills for the 21st Century...13 Global Kids-DC...14 Enduring Partnerships...15 The Future of Global Kids...16 Contributors...17 Financial Report...19 GK Staff/Professional Development Visionary Leadership...21 Celebrating Twenty-Five Years 1 Our Mission Since its inception, Global Kids mission has remained steadfast: to inspire and empower youth in underserved communities to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and to become active community leaders and global citizens. Global Kids works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Our Program Model Global Kids offers a range of year-round programs in schools (both during the school day and after school), online, and at our headquarters. Global Kids works with both middle school and high school students. Global Kids provides professional development and capacity building services for educators and institutions, and special trainings for youth. Global Kids programs are led by a team of highly trained professionals with backgrounds in education, international relations, creative arts, social work and digital media. Students are engaged in a myriad of activities, from workshops and field trips to digital media projects and meetings with foreign policy experts and grassroots organizations. Global Kids wants you to become a thinker, to become more enlightened on your own terms. Melissa Williams, Global Kids alumna and current health policy specialist Annual Report 25 Years of Global Kids Letter from the Executive Director and Chair Dear Friends, Twenty-five years and still going strong! This annual report for Global Kids fiscal year 2014 also marks our 25th anniversary year. Launched in 1989 as a project at the Foreign Policy Association, Global Kids soon after gained its own identity and purpose. At a time when the voices of young people, particularly young people of color, were marginalized, Global Kids became many things to the diverse youth who participated in those early programs. Global Kids became a place for inquisitive minds to learn about the world. Global Kids became a safe space where young people had the support of caring adults to help them overcome challenges. Global Kids became a second family for so many. Most of all, Global Kids became a place where youth were seen as assets, and as having important perspectives, skills, and ideas that the world needed to tackle critical issues at home and across the globe. Today, we continue to pioneer the integration of global awareness, social action, civic engagement and college and career readiness for thousands of youth each week in New York City and Washington, DC public schools and at our headquarters. Despite working in many schools that struggle with graduation rates or high rates of poverty, Global Kids is tremendously effective. In , 99% of our seniors graduated from high school and of these youth, 92% went on to higher education, while New York City s average graduation rate is just 68.4%. Moreover, our youth led workshops, organized campaigns, conducted public outreach, created digital media and games, and met with experts and elected officials on a range of critical world issues. Global Kids Leaders do not simply learn about issues: they take action and they carry these skills and experiences with them as they move into adulthood. In this report you will find information on our award-winning programs both over the years and for our school year. As we celebrate this anniversary milestone, we are forever grateful to all of our supporters, partners, and collaborators who have helped us accomplish so much. Thank you. Sincerely, Evie Hantzopoulos Executive Director Richard Roberts Chair, Board of Directors Celebrating Twenty-Five Years 3 Global Kids Reach Our Students From the beginning, Global Kids saw the unique advantages of a diverse student population youth who speak multiple languages and who are from different countries have much to add to foreign policy discussions. Both in 1989 and today, Global Kids students reflect the diverse demographics of New York City and Washington, DC. In , Global Kids participants identified themselves as: 46% African-American, 34% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 17% from mixed, bi-racial, and other ethnicities. The majority of Global Kids students attend schools that struggle with poor attendance and low graduation rates, in underserved areas in all five New York City boroughs and four wards in Washington, DC. Most of the youth are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch. The students reside in communities where they face serious impediments to success, including poverty, crime, lack of professional role models, low-performing and overcrowded schools, unemployment, homelessness, and teen pregnancy. Despite these challenges, 99% of GK seniors graduated from high school and 92% of these graduates are attending college. Each week, we reach over 1,300 middle school and high school students in our after school and expanded learning time programs and over 1,200 in our in school leadership development and service learning programs across New York City and Washington, DC. OUR SCHOOLS New York City Academy of Health Careers Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts Curtis High School Edward Reynolds West Side High School Global Neighborhood Secondary School High School for Global Citizenship High School for Medical Professions High School for Public Service International Arts and Business School John Adams High School Long Island City High School Paul Robeson High School PS/IS 109 Secondary School for Law School for Democracy & Leadership School for Human Rights Transit Tech High School William Cullen Bryant High School Washington, DC Bell Multicultural High School, Columbia Heights Educational Campus Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter School, Capitol Hill Cesar Chavez Public Policy Charter School, Parkside Friendship Collegiate Academy Hospitality High School Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Evans High School McKinley Technology Educational Campus Annual Report Our Impact Global Kids Leaders embody Global Kids mission. We measure their progress and ours along many dimensions. 1,368 students in its weekly after school and expanded learning time programs and 1,222 students our in school leadin , Global Kids enrolled ership development and service learning programs. For the school year, we found that: 99% of Global Kids seniors graduated from high school. 92% of those graduates are enrolled in college. 91% of GK Leaders agreed that Global Kids helped them improve their leadership skills. 90% of GK Leaders stated that Global Kids increased their interest and understanding of domestic and international affairs. 90% of Global Kids youth stated that Global Kids increased their ability in taking action on issues affecting their communities and the world. Global Kids opens a door that you never thought you would go through. It changed my life because they challenged me, gave me more than I expected I should receive. Leinz Vales, GK alumnus and current digital news producer Celebrating Twenty-Five Years 5 Power of Citizenry In 1995, Global Kids launched its flagship leadership program, Power of Citizenry, which promotes civic participation, youth empowerment, and social activism. Through this program, thousands of students have developed the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in school and to go on to become leaders who influence international relations and public policy. During the school year, the Power of Citizenry program was offered at 22 high schools and three middle schools in New York City and Washington, DC, serving over 1,300 youth after school on a weekly basis. Youth who participated in Power of Citizenry explored issues like global health, poverty, children s rights, sustainability, discrimination, and human rights through workshops, field trips, guest speakers, mentoring, and hands-on service projects. They also honed their public speaking, teamwork, communications, and project planning abilities.» Ambassador Power with GK Leaders at the High School for Global Citizenship In-school special highlights for included: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power visited our students at the High School for Global Citizenship in May 2014 for a question and answer session. Ambassador Power was deeply impressed by our students questions that ranged from the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Russia s incursion into the Ukraine. Students from the High School for Medical Professions partnered with Brooklyn Smoke-Free to create a mural in their cafeteria illustrating the negative effects of smoking. Ninth graders from Long Island City High School produced public service announcement (PSA) videos on the topic of sexual health. The videos were screened to over 300 of their peers and were shown to a panel of filmmakers who reviewed their work. Students leave Global Kids with a sense of social responsibility. We carry that with us. We are global citizens. Zana Murdock, Global Kids alumna and current international human rights lawyer Annual Report Annual Youth Conference Global Kids held its first youth conference with just 80 educators and students at Riverside Church in Today, over 600 students and educators participate in the most important student-led Global Kids event of the year. Our student conference planners educate their peers and inspire them to take action through a combination of interactive workshops, performing arts, and guest speakers. Our 2014 conference s theme was youth activism with the motto of (You)th are the Change: We Got This! Generously hosted by Baruch College on April 4, 2014, the students gathered to discuss the ways youth activists are reshaping the social justice landscape through innovative approaches to advocacy and consensus building. Youth facilitators in small workshops focused on social justice issues such as women s rights, juvenile justice, education and discrimination. Almost 600 students and educators attended the conference. The featured plenary keynote speakers in 2014 included GK Leader and Climate Activist Makayla Comas; former America s Next Top Model contestant and LGBTQ advocate, Isis King; and Chernor Bah, the youth representative to the United Nation s High-Level Steering Committee for the Global Education First Initiative and a former refugee from Sierra Leone. Undesirable Elements, in collaboration with Ping Chong & Company, a dynamic, yearlong theater project with GK youth, has been an integral part of GK s Annual Youth Conference since Over the course of the year, GK Leaders develop and write their educational performances pieces which incorporates world history, their cultural heritage and personal stories, and critical current affairs such as globalization, immigration, justice and poverty. This year at the conference, GK students acted, sang, played instruments and danced in a series of pieces representing historical and contemporary examples of youth activism.» GK Leaders at the 2014 Annual Youth Conference Celebrating Twenty-Five Years 7 Human Rights Action: At Home and In the World Human Rights Activist Project Launched in 2000, the Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) gives youth the tools to influence public policy, providing a platform for organizing and action using a human rights framework. Youth are often locked out or left out of policy decisions and HRAP is a vehicle for amplifying youth power, as well as creative solutions through campaigns created and led by GK youth. Since its inception, students have worked on over 20 campaigns, from the DREAM Act to fracking to climate change issues. From July to September 2013, HRAP s held its second Greening Western Queens Summer Institute. The students examined environmental justice, public policy, horticulture, the benefits of green roofs, and key environmental issues affecting Western Queens. In partnership with the Horticultural Society of New York, Global Kids youth from the Institute designed and planted a green roof on William Cullen Bryant High School in the fall of In the school year, HRAP students continued to build on their climate change work by focusing on the issue of climate change education. HRAP students wrote a petition mandating climate education for all New York City public school students and held a rally at City Hall in June 2014, which was attended by partners Alliance for Climate Education and New York City Council Members Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards, among many other supporters. Through a collaborative process with GK Leaders, Council Member Constantinides introduced into New York City Council chambers a resolution calling for climate change education in all New York City schools.» GK Leaders rallying for climate change education at NYC City Hall It s that action portion not only being able to learn, but also putting into effect what we learned that helps youth feel empowered. Nafiza Akter, Global Kids alumna and current instructional digital designer Annual Report International Travel: Opening New Vistas Bosnia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Costa Rica From the start of Global Kids, international travel has been an integral part to its education model. Global Kids students have made trips to 29 countries from Kenya to Haiti to Bosnia. Today, GK Leaders continue to gain experiential knowledge of the world outside their communities. While they are abroad, Global Kids Leaders serve as peer educators who conduct workshops on such topics as peacebuilding, human rights, and violence prevention. In the summer of 2013, 18 Global Kids students traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina for three weeks with the Department of State s American Youth Leadership Program. The trip demonstrated the power of citizen diplomacy, the importance of intercultural understanding, and the role of media in conflict, peacebuilding and social change. In the fall of 2013, GK students from the program presented their final projects at a talk-back event at Baruch College. Through a partnership with Sustainaware, a multi-year project that connects youth organizations from eight different countries to promote the inclusion of young people in the sustainable development process, two Global Kids students and an educator traveled to Slovenia, Croatia, and Italy in March There they met with climate change leaders and saw first hand how students were making their world more sustainable such as by installing solar panels and building green roofs on their schools. The project will ultimately create a blueprint for an international campaign to promote sustainable development. Eight GK-DC Summer Institute students went to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica where they explored culture, environmental identity, and wellness. After they returned, the GK Leaders produced digital media presentations and short videos that they presented to their peers. Countries Visited Since 1989 Argentina Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Denmark Dominican Republic Egypt England Eritrea France Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Ireland Italy Jamaica Japan Kenya Mexico Netherlands Panama Peru Slovenia South Africa Sweden Turkey Celebrating Twenty-Five Years 9 25th Anniversary Timeline 1989: Launch of Global Kids at the Foreign Policy Association. 1989: GK Founder Carole Artigiani secures $50,000 from NYNEX and $215,000 from the NYC Board of Education to pilot Global Kids at eight schools. 1990: First Global Kids Annual Youth Conference with 80 students and educators in Riverside Church. 1990: Global Kids Leaders meet with South African anti-apartheid activists. 1995: Power of Citizenry Leadership Program is launched. 1996: Global Kids Council on Foreign Relations roundtables begin. GK staff and youth participate in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Turkey. 1997: GK Leaders and educators take their first of many trips to Croatia. 1997: Global Kids begins Youth Pulse, a youth produced radio program on health issues airing on WBAI. 2000: Human Rights Activist Project (HRAP) is launched. 2001: Receives the Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence at the United Nations. 2001: GK staff and students attend the World Conference on Racism in South Africa. 2001: GK is selected by The After-School Corporation (TASC) to be a professional development training provider. 2006: GK Leaders travel on the Peace Boat visiting Kenya, Eritrea, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, and Italy. 2007: Six GK Leaders in HRAP travel to Mexico to join local NGO s working to address poverty and discrimination in Mexico. 2008: GK Leaders participate in Red Hand Moon Day and meet with Secretary Ban-Ki Moon at the United Nations, the culmination of a worldwide youth campaign against the use of children in 2009: Eight GK Leaders travel to Dominican Republic to work on environmental sustainability issues with local community groups. armed conflict. 2011: Wins the Chase Community Giving Advisory Board Grand Prize. 2012: Named one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times. 2012: HRAP students travel to United Nation s Rio+20 Conference in Brazil. 2013: Eighteen GK Leaders spend three weeks exploring media & society in Bosnia as part of the Department of State s American Youth Leadership Program Annual Report 1991: GK, UNA/NYC, and UNICEF co-sponsor a conference on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 1992: Global Kids Leaders conduct violence prevention projects in East New York and Washington Heights. 1993: Global Kids becomes and independent organization and their FY93 budget is $300, : GK Leaders produce an award-winning film, Tales from the Heights about healthy eating in Washington Heights, NYC. 1998: Five students receive full
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