The Global Kids experience does not end with high school graduation. Our alumni continue to grow as leaders through global engagement and community activism in higher education, the workplace, and beyond. Equipped with the tools and passion to make change, our alumni are active in all sectors of society and remain committed to Global Kids' mission.
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Kojo Acheampong, GK Alum 2010
Graduated from Penn State University
"GK meant everything to me because it transformed the way I think. GK has definitely had an impact on my social interactions, development, and engagement with the world and community through numerous experiences, including our trip to Kenya in 2009."
O'Tillia Roberts, GK Alum 2010
Currently attending University of Virginia
"Everyday I think with an open mind, awareness, and respect for the world. GK has helped me realize the leader inside myself. I feel I am still a part of GK because it brought me into contact with so many experiences and people that I will never forget. I am grateful for everything GK has given me."
Devante Barret, GK Alum 2009
Graduated from Bard College
"I would have never thought of applying to Bard because I felt that I wasn’t smart enough and thought it was out of my league; however, due to the support and guidance that Global Kids gave me, I dared to apply and I got in. At Bard College I feel the same challenge and thought-provoking engagement GK offered me. I look back on the years and realize that GK has played huge role in my life."
Nafiza Akter, GK Alum 2008
Graduated from Adelphi University, currently an instructional digital designer
"I think it's hard to say how being a Global Kids leader "manifests" in our lives after 'leaving' the programs and graduating. It kind of feels like its so engrained within you that you don't ever really separate from the things you encounter through the programs and the wonderful people you meet through these programs. Global Kids gives you the ability to see things through a global perspective, while never losing sight of the local issues that exist in your communities. The opportunities that Global Kids provides to teens--whether it is to explore the world, their minds, knowledge, empathy, ambition, or hidden talents--leave such a mark on our lives that it's hard to express in words. I have definitely spent more time checking up on what new programs GK has throughout the year from either different trainers or online sources than I would ever consider doing to see what my High School is up to. It's so great to see the new programs that Global Kids is providing to teens because it just means that those who will graduate will have an even more enriched experience with the programs that they are in and leave with stronger connections.
Global Kids isn't the kind of organization I want to keep in my heart or memories as something that had a impact on me when I was in High School; it's more than just that. It is a organization that I want to remain involved with and continue to grow with. One day, hopefully, I can help the GK leaders that are a part of the wonderful programs that Global Kids provides and learn from them."
Click here to read Nafiza's Global Kids story in "The Huffington Post."
Omar Khedr, GK Alum 2008
Graduated from NYU, currently working as a research analyst
"I was born in New York City’s vibrant and competitive culture highlighted by its many world-renowned museums as well as being a major financial center. While the city’s culture played an important part in my development, organizations such as Global Kids helped fuel my professional and academic growth through a variety of enriching programs. Global Kids’ partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations had an enormous impact on me. At the Council on Foreign Relations my peers and I got the opportunity to hear lectures from several distinguished professional leaders such as Richard Haass and Stephen Roach. The opportunities that Global Kids provided me were incredible. Moreover, the academic coaching that many of my Global Kids mentors provided me during the college application process such as exploring college choices, researching scholarship opportunities, and talking about careers were truly helpful.
The Global Kids experience helped shape my current interest in global affairs as well as my interest in pursuing a career in the financial services industry."
Click here to read Omar's Global Kids story in "The Huffington Post."
Anum Khan, GK Alum 2007
Middle Eastern specialist
"GK opened the world to me. I became more enthusiastic about exploring global issues and becoming an activist, both at school and in my community. I now attend a college that encourages students to "engage the world" and it means a lot to me that I inspire and become inspired by those around me. During my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to study abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. While studying in Cairo, I also traveled to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories."
Omega Augustus-Barro, GK Alum 2007
Licensed Practical Nurse
"GK meant so much to me as a teenager. The first day I attended GK, I changed as a person. I have become more outgoing and able to speak in front of crowds, and I am open-minded. I give GK credit for where I am and who I am today because I don't know if I would think the way I do if I hadn't been a part of Global Kids. As an adult, I understand what happens more clearly and I keep myself informed. I know and practice the power of people coming together to make a change, and this has helped me help others in my community. Global Kids was truly a life-changing experience for me."
Dear Aunaetitrakul, GK Alum 2006
Graduated from Queens College, May 2010 and currently working as a paralegal
"For me, GK meant a door of opportunity. Throughout my experience with GK, I was exposed to a variety of issues ranging from human rights to war crimes. GK also provided me with platforms to take action on issues that I care about. With their help, I co-founded the Global Kids Scholarship Fund and organized two Global Kids Annual Conferences. GK trainers taught me how to be an effective leader and why it is vital to be involved in my community. Because of GK, I decided to major in Political Science and Media Studies and received numerous leadership accolades in college. Currently, I am developing an advocacy campaign with local community leaders to address the issues of bullying and teen suicide. Without GK, I probably would have had a harder time figuring out my future.
Rita Delfonce, Global Kids Alum 2005
Currently a Registered Representative with Neuberger Bermer Management LLC
"Through Global Kids, I became much more aware of issues affecting my community and the world around me. Even at 16 years old, I felt like I had a voice and could help make the world a better place to live in--a belief I have carried with me ever since."
Deshawn Cook , Global Kids Alum 2003
Currently a candidate for an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Leadership Development
"Education is extremely important to me and it is one of my personal goals to encourage disadvantaged youth to embrace education. Global Kids has made a career that incorporates diversity and global thinking an imperative for me."
Leinz Vales, GK Alum 2000
Columbia School of Journalism ‘07, M.A. in Journalism. Currently a Producer at CNN
"As Global Kids, we did not discuss any issue without doing proper research. My current profession thrives on these skills, and on being a critical thinker."
Click here to read Leinz's Global Kids story on "The Huffington Post."
Eugene Martin, GK Alum 1998
Currently works for the United States Federal Court of Appeals as a Case Manager
"Without Global Kids' help, I wouldn't have had the tools and know-how to get into college, eventually graduate, and be where I am today. I don't think I'll ever be able to repay GK for the impact it has had on my life."
Celena Green, GK Alum 1991
Currently is the Director of the Africa Program at the Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington
"I appreciate that Global Kids helped me gain exposure to international issues and also the hard skills needed to create change. Global Kids introduced me to new ideas and people. It challenged my assumptions and provided a space to ask questions and discuss issues that were not asked or discussed elsewhere. My decision to live and work in Zimbabwe for two years was because GK taught me to think globally, and I decided that to truly think globally, I needed to understand and experience life in other countries.”
Click here to read Celena's Global Kids story on "The Huffington Post."