WHAT: Launch of foreign policy institute for low-income high school students
WHO:? Global Kids, hip-hop artist Epiphany, and KYE-YAC International
WHEN:? July and August 2014
WHERE: University of Arkansas at Little Rock and The Clinton School of Public Service
Little Rock, AR – This summer, New York-based educational nonprofit Global Kids (GK) plans to launch a foreign policy institute for high school students from underserved communities in the greater Little Rock area. In 2011, the organization was awarded the National Summer Learning Association’s “Excellence in Summer Learning Award” for a similar program it operates in New York City.
The driving force behind the Arkansas project is Stanford grad-turned-emcee and hip-hop artist Chane Morrow, better known as Epiphany. Morrow committed to bringing Global Kids’ program to Arkansas after seeing the impact of his own visit to West Africa in 2012 through as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. “I became convinced I wanted to take greater action towards global impact starting with the homefront.”
In 2013, Morrow formed the GK-AR Program Collective and teamed up with Kye Masino, President of KYE-YAC International, a philanthropic organization created “by kids, for kids” to work to bring Global Kids’ program to Arkansas. Kye Masino, the fifteen year-old founder of KYE-YAC, says that giving to organizations like Global Kids, “creates an extraordinary opportunity for kids in Arkansas to broaden their ability to understand and act upon local and global issues.”
The Arkansas Summer Institute will consist of a four-week international affairs and leadership development program. During the first two weeks, participants will explore key concepts in public policy and foreign affairs as well as international career opportunities. In the second half of the program, students will travel abroad for a service-learning trip to Costa Rica. Upon returning to the U.S., each student will design and implement a peer education workshop and service project that educates and inspires their classmates to become active on issues affecting their community and communities abroad.
The program has already received support from key members of the Little Rock community, including The Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and former board member and interim CEO of Heifer International, Mr. Charles Stewart.
Contributions to the Global Kids Arkansas Institute may be made online at: www.globalkidsar.org.
About Global Kids
Global Kids, Inc. – the premier educational?nonprofit?organization for global learning and youth development – works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. ?Reaching over 10,000 youth and educators each year, Global Kids transforms lives while charting new life journeys. Global Kids operates in-school and out-of-school time programs in New York City and Washington, DC public schools and at their headquarters in Manhattan. Representing the rich diversity of our world, many Global Kids participants, better known as the GK Leaders, attend low performing schools and live in neighborhoods whose ethnic groups are largely underrepresented academically, politically and professionally. www.globalkids.org