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Evie Hantzopoulos
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Evie joined Global Kids in 1996 as Director of Training and served as Deputy Director/Director of Programs for 12 years before her appointment as Executive Director in September 2010. Over the years, Evie has helped oversee the development, supervision, and expansion of GK's programs in New York City schools and has designed numerous special projects for youth and educators. She spearheaded the writing of Teen Action, a service learning curriculum grounded in GK methodology, for New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development, which is being used at over 50 sites by other community based organizations. Evie has also provided professional development training for youth workers and educators throughout the city and in other parts of the world, including Croatia and England. For over 12 years, Evie has worked with team of GK Leaders to develop and produce the annual Global Kids Youth Conference, which brings together over 600 youth and adults for a day of peer led workshops and social action. Evie has a BS in Journalism from Boston University and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University. Evie was a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and is a member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to working at GK, she worked as Service Leader for ASPIRA of New York and a Master Actor/Teacher for the Creative Arts Team. In addition to her work at Global Kids, Evie is actively involved in community affairs and received the New York City Council's Pacesetter award for outstanding women. She speaks fluent Greek and is proficient in French.

Entries by Evie Hantzopoulos

The Importance of Being Bold

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:35 AM

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First Lady Michelle Obama with students at the Global Kids headquarters on July 10, 2014, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids

The question on everyone's lips was "How did you get Michelle Obama to visit your program?" The...

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Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Those of us who work with young people do our work hoping that we are somehow making a difference. On occasion, we are able to see growth in our youth, and witness the development of a broadened worldview and a thirst to become active, life-long learners and good citizens. But,...

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Memories of Mandela and Today's Youth

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 10:42 AM

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I was reminded of some of the very first meetings the founder of Global Kids, Carole Artigiani, had with young people who came from some of New York City's most challenged neighborhoods in 1989. Carole brought in activists from South Africa to speak to...

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Youth Climate Activist Manifesto

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 9:49 AM

As Earth Day has arrived, increased attention is given to the environment. We celebrate our planet's beauty and lament its destruction in hopes that our society gains a deeper appreciation for our dependence on Mother Earth as well as develop a sense of urgency that serious work needs to be...

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The Future of Learning: Lessons From a TED Prize Winner

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

We often hear "our schools are broken." But are they in fact, obsolete?

That is the bold question TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra will address as...

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Why We Rise: Turning Valentine's Day Upside Down

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 7:56 PM

In 2002, a childhood acquaintance of mine from Massachusetts, Dorothy Guinta Cotter, was shot to death by her husband after suffering 20 years of threats, abuse and attempts on her life. I was stunned to learn of her murder and that not long before it her husband had been arrested...

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Digital Learning Day: A Global Perspective

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:28 PM

It's ironic that on this second annual Digital Learning Day, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it wants to end mail service on Saturdays. We truly are at tipping point where digital is taking over the print and analog world and today's students will be experiencing even more...

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