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About Global Kids

Mission and History

Global Kids develops youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. Global Kids inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.

Our vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society and enter fields of international affairs and public policy.

Award-winning educator Carole Artigiani founded Global Kids in 1989 and incorporated it in 1991. She served as its Executive Director until August 2010 and continues her involvement in the new capacity of Founder and Senior Advisor. Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids' Deputy Director and Director of Programs for 14 years, was appointed the organization's Executive Director in September 2010.

Global Kids has reached more than 200,000 students and educators in New York City and beyond, receiving national recognition for exemplary practices in international education, digital media programming, experiential learning, and youth development. Our work is enhanced by our strong partnerships. To view a list of our partners and supporters, click here.

Global Kids’ flagship afterschool program, the Power of Citizenry, was launched in 1995, and has grown to involve over 500 students each year who gain leadership skills, understanding of global issues, and exposure to higher education and career readiness opportunities. Through workshops, conferences, campaigns, creative arts, and digital media, student youth leaders educate more than 5,000 of their peers.

Participants in the program have traveled to conferences and events around the United States and trained peers in Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Eritrea, Haiti, Japan, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Peru, South Africa, and other countries.

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