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Youth Development

Finding My Voice and Creating Poetry From Tragedy

Global Kids | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Before Global Kids, I had a fear about what would happen if I opened my mouth. Would I get myself in trouble? Would I get my family in trouble? Global Kids taught us that what we have to say is important and that it can contribute to the discussions at hand.

A Transformational Trip and a New Global View

Global Kids | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Raiyan Syed, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids Most of the students at my high school would come to school and i...

Seeing the World Through a New Lens and Becoming a Leader

Global Kids | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

A lot of young people don't know how to get what they need in terms of questioning power and authority, asking for change to happen and being at the table. Global Kids always invited us, and now I don't think about not being there. I'll be there.

The Importance of Being Bold

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Evie Hantzopoulos

The question on everyone's lips was "How did you get Michelle Obama to visit your program?" The answer is simple: one of our students asked.

Helping Youth Be Bold

Global Kids | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Ranti Ogunleye, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids In 1996 I was a freshman in high school on the North Shore of ...

Putting the Community Into Community Engagement

Karen Pittman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community?

Never Giving Up and Graduating From High School

Global Kids | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

John Connors, photo courtesy of Julie Hassett-Sutton/Frantic Studio via Global Kids I went to a large, overcrowded high school in Queens. My freshma...

An Engineering Student Working to Improve His Community

Global Kids | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids stresses the importance of participation and coming up with action plans, that is, not only just talking about an issue, but actually getting active in the community.

Global Kids Changed My Life

Global Kids | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

They would take what we were learning and make it interactive. I was sold. I was sold on the fact that even though we were talking about complex issues, it was fun, it was interesting.

Overcoming a Hurricane Sandy Loss to Educate Others on Climate Change

Global Kids | Posted 06.21.2014 | Teen
Global Kids

Eventually you're going to find a topic that you feel passionate about, and Global Kids is going to give you the tools that you need to bring awareness about this topic.

A Place Where Every Young Person Has a Chance to Be a Leader

Global Kids | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

In a Global Kids workshop you learn, but you don't know that you're learning. You'd start off with something that feels like a game, and then that game evolves into a discussion.

Finding a Safe Haven and an Opportunity to Succeed

Global Kids | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

Global Kids had an after-school program there. Then I started going to the Global Kids offices. It was always a blessing. Being someone who spoke with a heavy accent was not an issue. Being someone who had different ideas was not an issue.

Global Kids: Social Justice, Community, and the World

Global Kids | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

I had always known I wanted to be lawyer but I'm certain that some of the international human rights issues that we took up in Global Kids made me interested in international law.

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.

Moving the Needle on Youth Development

Bill Reese | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

I've been heartened by what I see as some real progress on one of our toughest problems: global youth employment.

Why America Isn't The Best Place To Be A Teen

Hung Vo | Posted 03.29.2014 | Teen
Hung Vo

So what does this mean for youth, especially young Americans? First, the obvious is that America is not the best country for youth development.

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

Discover Your Passions in Life

Dina Khayal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Dina Khayal

Remember that time when you were told that you aren't good enough? Talented enough? Smart enough? Passionate enough? I do. I remember it like it was yesterday. Throughout my childhood I thought of myself as those things.

Love: The Core of Leadership, Innovation, and Adaptation

YouthBuild USA | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

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Through YouthBuild, South Africa is cultivating its next generation of leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

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Thanking a Champion of YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe town hall meeting was filled with important people from New York who were talking, shaking hands and taking pictures.

A Stronger, More Diverse YouthBuild Movement

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgEach young person who crosses the threshold of a YouthBuild program pursues a dual mission: create a meaningful and productive life while giving their best energies to improve the world around them.

What YouthBuild Has Learned Over 35 Years

YouthBuild USA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe believe young people born into difficult circumstances are an enormous, untapped resource for humanity.

"How Can I Help?" The Sam Beard Question

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jose Antonio Tijerino

After researching this humble servant leader, I better understood his poignant question to me at the end of our meeting: "How can I help you?" Sam Beard has made a career out of asking that question.

The Path to a Brighter Future? Expand Opportunities for Today's Young

Bill Reese | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I'm an optimist by nature. But I'm also a realist. That's why we are helping to build a global community of action that believes young people are the drivers of our future peace and prosperity -- and thus are embracing the tough work of making that vision a reality around the world.