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Jack Martin Joins Global Kids! 

GK is pleased to introduce a new member of the GK Family! Jack Martin joins us as Associate Director of the Online Leadership Program after many years of directing programs at the New York Public Library. At the Library, he partnered with GK to create NYC Haunts, our geolocative mobile gaming program. Jack also has an extensive background in theatre, the arts, technology, science, and dance. Welcome Jack!

 

Developing a Hive NYC Badge 

Global Kids and the Hive Learning Network NYC have been busy designing a network-wide badge that can be used by all Hive NYC member organizations. We want to create a badge that motivates cross-network participation, demonstrates the key values and behaviors within the network, builds digital media skills, and increases meaningful participation at Hive NYC events. 

 

For the past few months we've tackled some big design questions, developed user stories, and identified a list of challenge activities that youth can complete to earn the Hive NYC Badge (which has yet to have a fun name). You can view our badge design trajectory here:

 

 

One Billion Rising Youth Task Force 

 

Nearly 60 youth from all over New York City gathered on November 30th at the Global Kids offices to learn about One Billion Rising, the global campaign to bring an end to violence against women led by V-Day. Over 170 countries are planning events on February 14th, 2013 to dance, strike, and rise as a call to action. Believing in our mission to empower young people to be leaders in their communities, Global Kids made a call for any young people who were interested in leading the New York City youth effort for the campaign. 

 

 

The session covered what the campaign is and why is it important. Students reflected on some of the facts that were shared on the One Billion Rising site and came up with three areas of focus: schools, public spaces, and social media. They broke into groups and brainstormed some actions they could take within each area. As a final task they were interested in doing some early social media work by creating gifs that explained why they are rising and supporting the campaign. 

 

View photos from the session on our flickr album and check out some examples of the gifs the students created by clicking read more! 

 

P4K Citywide Prepares as Youth Facilitators  

 

GK's Playing for Keeps Citywide program is now in its seventh week and a lot has been accomplished so far. Our five returning youth from last year have had the chance to become peer leaders by co-facilitating parts of workshops, helping new students, and brainstorming new activities.

 

In these seven weeks, youth have learned game design terms and concepts, become familiar with Gamestar Mechanic, and have started using Stencyl to design games for the first time. In December, in addition to playing and making games, the group will also transition to learning about how to write and a facilitate workshops. This is because from January to March, they will be leading introductory game design and game critique workshops at various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to prepare youth around the city to submit their games to the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

 

There will be a lot to prepare for as these GK Youth Leaders take on the role of facilitators and educators in a new capacity, but they are more than up to the task!

 

Global Kids at Machinima Expo 2012 

 

This past weekend saw the 5th annual Machinima Expo which celebrates the best in machinima online. The event screened a plethora of films and fascinating panels to explore all aspects of the film community. Global Kids was invited to serve as a panelist during a session titled The Machinima Is The Message: Politically Direct. During the session we focused on our work with youth this past summer to create our climate change film The Future We Want and discussed how machinima is an asset to our students.

 

The panel was held in Second Life and broadcasted via Livestream to dozens of attendees. Watch the full panel below.