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GK middle schoolers from PS/IS 109 participated in the 33rd Annual Family Festival celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy at Medgar Evers College. Congrats to 109 middle schoolers, Shakira and Alyssa, for winning honorable mention for their artwork!

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In an effort to keep our students civically engaged, Global Kids arranged for PS96’s student council president to attend the East Harlem Participatory Budget meeting with newly elected District 8 Councilwoman Diana Ayala. Never too young to be involved in your community! •

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GK staff at International High School at Union Square invited a youth organizer from Make the Road to speak with our students about their rights as recent immigrants. Thank you to Make the Road NY for the information session!#knowyourrights

Number one on our 2017 Top 10 List is receiving the prestigious First National Bank of Omaha Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education at The NEA Foundation Salute to Education Gala on February 10th. The award pays tribute to those who have significantly increased understanding of public education or have otherwise dedicated themselves to serving educators and students. Past recipients of this award include former President Bill Clinton, Title IX advocate Billie Jean King, Sesame Street Workshop, the NAACP, Nickelodeon, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. We are so grateful for the award! Support Global Kids so we can continue our work in 2018! Donate.globalkids.org

GK students participating in the People's Climate March in DC is number two on our Top 10! Despite a broken down bus and extreme heat, over 50 GK Leaders made their voices heard at the People's Climate March in Washington, DC this past spring. The march was the culmination of the climate change work that students in our Human Rights Activist Project had been doing each week for the entire school year. For many, this was their first rally.

Number three on our Top 10 is our first ever Middle School Day of Activism. More than 50 GK middle schoolers participated in the event during February break. They created posters on topics ranging from immigration to climate change to education to clean water. The students marched to Madison Square Park with their posters and convictions. At the end of the day, the middle schoolers felt empowered, and they declared, "Kids can make a difference!"

The achievements of our GK Seniors are #4 on our list. We are incredibly proud of our GK Seniors for their many accomplishments.They graduated at a rate of 99% and 92% of those seniors went on to college. Several students received full or partial scholarships from colleges such as, NYU and Northeastern. Two GK Leaders won the prestigious Posse Scholarship. Global Kids awarded its Foundation 17 scholarship ($5,000/year for four years) to one student and gave smaller scholarships to nine students.

Number five on our Top 10 List is our international travel with GK Leaders. Twenty GK Leaders went on service-learning, cultural exchange trips to Japan and South Africa. For many of the students on the trips, this was their first time leaving the United States. Huge thanks to the United States-Japan Foundation and the Japan Foundation New York and the Center for Global Partnership for making the trip to Japan possible and to the DC Department of Employment Services for their support of the trip to South Africa!

Our recently re-named Digital Learning and Leadership program and its participation in Emoti-con! is #6 on our list. Twenty-five Global Kids middle school and high school students presented digital media projects at this year's Emoti-con!, NYC's biggest showcase for young designers, makers and tinkerers who believe in digital innovation as a tool for change. Congrats to the students from our DLL Girl Hack programs at John Adams High School and Curtis High School who won the Crowd Favorite for their Scratch games based on women's issues and to the GK youth who developed a geo-locative game while in Japan to help residents find safe passage during a tsunami on winning the award for Best Pitch.

Number seven on our list is GK-DC's Summer Institute. This year, along with the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute, GK-DC organized its largest foreign policy Summer Institute ever, serving 45 local DC students. The students participated in activities and workshops related to youth activism and foreign policy. Thanks to The Catholic University of America for generously hosting the Summer Institute!

Community School Forums are number eight on our Top 10. Last year, we reached nearly 500 families, students, teachers, administrators, and community partners at our community school forums at PS 96, John Adams High School and Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists. The forums are a way for the community to find ways to continue to improve their schools. In 2018, we look forward to gathering even more school community members at our new community school sites, Bronxdale HS, William Cullen Bryant HS and New Explorers HS.

Number 9 on our Top 10 list is GK's Annual Youth Conference, "End Discrimination With Our Generation." Almost 300 youth participated in our 29th annual youth conference on the student-chosen theme of discrimination. GK Leaders emceed the main stage part of the day and led small workshops on the topics related to discrimination such as, sexism, classism, homophobia and Islamophobia.

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