Come to the Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger December 29 

The 3/14/07 teen panel talking about GK programs in SL in the past year

Global Kids invites all Teen Second Life residents to a Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger this Wednesday, December 29 from 3-4pm PST. It will take place on Global Kids island on the Teen Grid of Second Life at this teleport link.

Global Kids will be providing a safe and moderated space for teens to make their views known about the Teen Grid merger with the Main Grid, which is taking place in early January 2011.  If your teens can not come at that time, we will have drop boxes on site so they can leave notecards whenever they want. Or they can leave their comments in this post. 

Global Kids Launches A New Montly Newsletter 


Keep up with the latest action at Global Kids by subscribing here Our current issue highlights our GK Youth Leaders visit to the UN security council, the launching of GK's new program in Washington D.C. and much more.

CNN: Global Kids Teen Leader Addresses the Security Council (video) 

Here's a neat video from CNN of a group of young people from around the world who got to attend the UN Security Council during a special session.  More than 100 Global Kids teen leaders were among the youth who were at the session, called for US Ambassador Susan Rice.

Global Kids' OLP is Hiring a Program Associate 

Global Kids, Inc., a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming urban youth into successful students and global and community leaders, is seeking to fill a full-time staff position as Online Leadership Program Associate.

The associate will join GK's Online Leadership Program (OLP) in New York City, where the position will be based. GK is on the cutting-edge developing best practices in the use of digital media for supporting global youth leadership. Recent projects have focused on digital media like serious gaming, virtual worlds, social media, and mobile technology, with subjects like child sex trafficking, global human rights abuses, and genocide. In addition to our youth-facing work, OLP works to build capacity of other youth-serving educators and institutions, and contributing to the field of digital media and learning. We are regularly invited to offer workshops, keynote conferences, and write reports and articles.

(Read more after the jump on qualifications & how to apply.)

Specifically, the new associate will collaborate with staff across OLP, and Global Kids in general, to develop and run our new and on-going youth-serving and capacity building programs. For example:

New Internship Program for High School Students  

Global Kids and the Museum for African Art are calling New York City high school students to apply for an exciting new internship program called

Passport to Africa: Nigeria

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(right) El Anatsui, Sacred Moon, 2007. Photo courtesy: Jack Shainman Gallery

Students will:
o Explore the cultures, arts, music, and history of Nigeria
o Learn new digital media skills
o Produce their own videos
o Develop leadership skills
o Be part of an internship program and build their resumes
o Add to their portfolios and get letters of reference
o Meet other teens from around the city

This six-week internship will run on Tuesdays, 4-6pm from January 25th-March 8th, 2011 at Global Kids Offices. Ideal students will have some interest in arts and culture, global studies, museums, and/or digital media.

Last month we mentioned that Global Kids and the New York Public Library published an excerpt from our upcoming Worked Example on the Edge Project completed last spring, Digital Expression, with The Journal of Media Literacy Education, an online interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education.

What we neglected to mention was that Global Kids saw two pieces within that issue, the second written by folks from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Katie Davis, Shira Lee Katz, & Carrie James), along with GK's own Rafi Santo (now off in a graduate program of his own):

Fostering Cross-Generational Dialogues about the Ethics of Online Life:

Final Session of I Dig Brazil: Teens Present Their Scientific Findings! 

NY James' Theory from Global Kids on Vimeo.

Yesterday was the final session of "I Dig Brazil." Teens at the Field Museum in Chicago and at the High School for Global Citizenship in Brooklyn presented together over Skype to an audience of their parents, real life scientists, and the staff of Global Kids and the Field Museum. It was a critical "stand and deliver" moment for all of our teens, and they did great!

Global Kids Launches DC Programs with Gala Benefit 

Global Kids launched their DC programs with a world-class benefit hosted by the French Ambassador Pierre Vimont yesterday evening. The gala event featured a silent auction and delicious food prepared by award-winning chefs Daniel Boulud, Jose Andres and Michael Richard and others. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Comtesse Elisabeth de Kergorlay, Chef Daniel Boulud, and DC TV news anchor Kimberly Suiters.

For more about the evening and more photos, see the Washington Scene website.

Getting Mom & Pop to Understand My Job 

So I realize that it’s often hard to explain my job to my friends, unless they work in similar industries, but that it’s impossible to explain it to my parents. My parents are first generation Chinese immigrants and totally old school, but they've also adapted to many American values. However, for many reasons, they have no idea what I do for a living and I can’t explain it to them. There are several reasons for this.

To begin with, I don’t have an advanced enough Cantonese vocabulary for words like “digital media”, “youth development”, and “global citizenship.” Second of all, even if I did have that vocabulary, they have limited exposure to jobs that are outside of professions they’re familiar with (i.e. doctor, lawyer, businessperson, pharmacist, teacher, architect). And even within these familiar job titles, they only have one concept of what each can look like. For example, it took my parents a long time to understand that while my brother studied architecture, he’s actually more of a designer who uses his architecture background for other types of work (they’re still confused).

Ayiti: The Cost of Life Sent Appreciations on Thanksgiving 

The Jay Is Games web gaming review site named Global Kids Ayiti: The Cost of Life as one of "the greatest games of yesteryear."

This life sim game is just as relevant now as it was in 2006. However, since this game is about grinding poverty in Haiti, that's not necessarily a good thing. Reading news articles about the cholera outbreak, I couldn't help but think of playing game after game of Ayiti. One game, I'd manage to eke out a pretty nice existence for the family; the next game, I'd watch helplessly as family members succumbed one by one to cholera, tuberculosis, and overwork, then died either from the illness itself or because with no one working, there was no one to buy food. And yet, the game never succumbs to cynicism, clinging indomitably to hope. The message I came away with is to open your eyes and really take a look around you at all the opportunities you've taken for granted, and to think about how to help people who haven't had the same opportunities. I can't think of a better message for the Thanksgiving holiday.