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At Global Kids, we were exposed to the world, to global issues. It exposed me to the realm of human suffering and trying to do something about it. And that's what I want to do with my life. As I grow older, advance in my career and accomplish all the things I aspire to accomplish, I always attribute it to my years as a Global Kid.

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Global Kids' programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues to succeed in the 21 st century workplace and participate in the democratic process.

Global Kids' success is clear. By educating students about international affairs and their role in the policymaking process, GK has been able to motivate and inspire urban public school students, many of whom have been labeled at risk of school drop out, to succeed in school and become campus leaders. Annually, more than 90% of the seniors in GK's leadership programs graduate from high school and the majority attend college with scholarships.

Global Kids' programs are led by a team of highly trained professionals with backgrounds in education, a range of international fields, creative arts, and digital media, among others. At more than 20 New York City public middle and high schools and many citywide sites, they engage students in intensive workshops, field trips, guest speakers, and other activities. All programs:

  • Expose students to rigorous, up-to-date international affairs content.
  • Involve students in program development and organizational decision-making.
  • Develop leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills.
  • Encourage participation in school and community affairs.
  • Involve students in intensive research and utilize interactive and experiential activities, role-plays, games, small and large group dialogues, debates, roundtables, and forums with guest speakers.
  • Provide opportunities for students to educate and train their peers through workshops, campaigns, and other projects.

Global Kids' work is augmented by strong partnerships with New York City Department of Education, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Adelphi University, Council on Foreign Relations, Ping Chong & Company, New School University, Games for Change, UNICEF, PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Peace Boat U.S. , Farleigh Dickinson University, The After School Corporation, The Hague Appeal for Peace, and the United Way of New York City , among others.