Too often, students in our nation's capital do not receive the education they need to be engaged citizens. Focused on under-resourced schools and neighborhoods, Global Kids provides local youth with the tools to become successful students – and ultimately leaders – in a global society. In after-school programs at four high school sites, a citywide program at the Global Kids DC headquarters, and a global education program run in partnership with the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute, young people learn about global issues and how they relate to experiences in their own lives. Students design and lead service-learning and civic engagement activities, exploring how to catalyze change in their communities. College and career prep activities are central to the program; guest speakers include diplomats, policymakers, and international business leaders. Today's workplace demands critical thinking, problem solving, and broad-based knowledge of our world. Let’s give our young people these essential skills.
GK-DC trainers engage with students four days a week via video conferencing and Ning, a Global Kids social learning platform. GK updated an entire module of its curriculum, created new systems for teamwork and team meetings, and new procedures for being responsive to the immediate needs of youth and their families. It also hosted virtual townhalls during the summer to help students process the protests against police brutality. One student had this to say: "I have become more sociable with teammates and capable of public speaking. Global Kids changes your outlook on the news and the world."