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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Global Kids' programs address the urgent need for young people to possess leadership skills and an understanding of complex global issues in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace and participate in the democratic process. Using interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and foreign policy issues, Global Kids provides students with opportunities for civic and global engagement. Through its professional development program, Global Kids provides teachers and educators with strategies for integrating a youth development approach and international issues into their classrooms.

Programs: Global kids' school based programs offer a comprehensive curriculum combining international affairs education, civic engagement, and academic skill building. Global kids uses multiple strategies including content-rich workshops, guest speakers, field trips, and education theatre and other creative arts, that build on young people's interests and talents and motivate them to learn, develop academic skills, and educate others. The program provides students with an understanding of complex global issues that are shaping the world. With training and support, students create social action projects focusing on issues of concern.

leadership and peer education - global kids leadership programs integrate sophisticated content youth development strategies, experiential learning, and opportunities to work with prominent experts in the fields of international affairs, public policy and human rights and social activism. The primary components consist of the power of citizenry, human rights, activist project, the council on foreign relations partnership, and the washington dc program. Several hundred students are served annually.

high school for global citizenship - the organization is the lead agency and primary partner in a brooklyn-based public school, the high school for global citizenship, which opened its doors to 100 students in september 2004. In 2008, the organization authored teen action, a widely hailed service learning curriculum now being used at scores of after-school program sites across nyc. The organization's online leadership program, now in its twelfth year, equips youth with the skills necessary to use the internet as a tool for research and social change and develops online resources for educators and young people to promote civic engagement and global literacy. The organization's online program participants include people from around the world; the media they produce reach hundreds of thousands of others through the organization and scores of other online websites. In addition to the programs described above, the organization provides special trainings for educators, librarians, and youth workers. These focus on youth development, interactive experiential teaching methods, service learning, games and learning, the use of virtual worlds for educational purposes, and techniques for infusing international issues and world cultures into programming for young people. Special training for students emphasizes leadership and communication skills, bias and violence prevention, and critical issues in international and domestic affairs.

other programs - develops and sustains a team of several hundred youth from new york city who gain leadership skills, an understanding of global issues, and exposure to higher education and career opportunities. Each year, through workshops, conferences, campaigns, performances and the internet, the global youth leaders educate several thousand peers.

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