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I'm Leaving GK and What You Can Do About It 

After a dozen years at Global Kids, the majority directing our Online Leadership Program, I would like to announce that it is time for me to move on. I am sad to be leaving this incredible organization, the youth we serve, and the staff with whom I have had the privilege of doing such ground-breaking work.


I will be embarking on a new adventure, as the Associate Director for Digital Learning in the Education Department of the American Museum of Natural History.


Because Global Kids has meant so much to me, I would like to ask your help as I plan to transition, in three specific ways:

  • Comment on the 12 key lessons I have learned while working at GK.
  • Help me see that work continue to flourish.
  • Promote the search for my replacement.


Help 1: 12 Lessons After 12 Years

After considerable thought, I think I can summarize 12 key lessons I learned over my time at Global Kids, lessons about digital media in a youth development and global education context. To read explanations of each of the lessons (and respond through the comment section) please visit here.


12 Lessons After 12 Years 

A few weeks ago I completed my 12th year at Global Kids, the majority as the Director of our Online Leadership Program. I recently announced that at the end of the month I will be leaving, to take on a new position at the American Museum of Natural History. My time at GK has been a continuing education program beyond my wildest dreams. As I prepare for the upcoming transition, I wondered if I could take this opportunity to see if I could summarize my key take-aways. What I came up with are lessons I am sure to carry with me but, more importantly, speaks to the importance for this work to continue at Global Kids.

1. Youth Care. Youth care about their lives, the worlds around them, and what they can do to better both. Some youth I met knew it. Others had forgotten. But in my 12 years at GK I have never met a youth who lacked the capacity for passionate engagement, given the proper context and support. I learned none should underestimate youth from low performing or at risk communities.


Hive Chicago Badges for Learning 

Christian Greer, Program Director for HIVE Chicago recently wrote a great summary of the work that has been done with the Chicago badging system. Check it out below! 



Wow! It's been a very busy summer for our Hive Chicago member organizations. We have facilitated jams, game design workshops, citizen science projects, teen-led community events, youth council programs, and many other engaging activities with our teens. With the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching and our summer programs completed, I thought that I would check in this week with few member organizations to see how things went over the summer.


Out-of-School Settings Create Climate for New Skills 


Education Week featured a story which highlighted our Race to the White House and NYC Haunts programs. Read the full story below. 



Osarieman Igbinevbo, 17, right, and her teammate, Miguel Zeng, 18, discover a geocache inside a disused Fire Department call box in New York City. The Global Kids program uses the treasure hunt and technology to teach students about public-policy issues.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week



Educators see them as learning labs


Youth Virtual Video On Rio+20  

In just two weeks' time, Global Kids Youth Leaders created a machinima film about the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.  Youth were part of our Virtual Video Project (VVP) and learned skills in researching, script writing, storyboarding, voice acting, filming, and virtual world effects. 


In partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), youth were able to premiere the film to a group of teens from BPL in a fantastic end-of-program presentation.  Their hope is that through the film, more youth will learn about the global effects of climate change and be encouraged to take action.  Check our the final video below! 



Read more posts about VVP here.