|HSGC Hosts Annual Youth Conference on Poverty|
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On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Global Kids' High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn hosted its sixth Annual Youth Conference. This year, the theme of the event - planned and led entirely by 10th graders at the school - was Poverty.
Student-led workshops explored a number of topics related to the theme of poverty, along with strategies to promote awareness and action. Students facilitated workshops addressing food and poverty, homelessness, youth facing poverty, poverty and conflict, access to water, race and poverty, health and poverty, human trafficking, and more.
Featured plenary speakers Torrey Maldonado, author and teacher, and Kambale Musavuli, Director of Friends of the Congo, impressed upon students the need for activism against poverty, in the U.S. and globally. Plenaries also showcased a number of student performances including: Noni Fernandez and Crystal Biggs who sang "Revolution" by Tracy Chapman; the Envy Us ninth grade step team; Jenica Richards, Shemeka Williams and Sidnia Ramsey who sang "That's How Strong Our Love Is"; and Asha Somerszaule, who recited poetry by Maya Angelou.
10th graders Zaire James and Batala Aristide emceed
The conference was entirely student planned and led
Torrey Maldonado and Kambale Musavuli spoke about the importance of local and global activism to combat poverty
Student facilitators led 24 workshops for over 400 conference attendees
The ninth grade step team, Envy Us, performed
Jenica Richards, Shemeka Williams and Sidnia Ramsey sang