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Posted July 11, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama met yesterday with over 20 Global Kids students at our headquarters to learn about their work on critical domestic and foreign policy issues and to discuss her Reach Higher college access initiative.
The youth showcased their Global Kids work in teams. One group demonstrated their socially conscious geo-locative game on the life of Jackie Robinson and had the First Lady play test a game they created for her featuring the White House vegetable garden. Other students explained their summer travel program to Bosnia with Global Kids sponsored by the US Department's American Youth Leadership Program. Mrs. Obama also spoke to a group of students about their experiences participating in the Global Kids programs held at the Council on Foreign Relations. The final activity for the First Lady focused on students' climate change activism work and their recent campaigns to promote green roofs on New York City schools and mandate climate education.
Posted June 10, 2014
Samantha Power is taking a 40-minute break. Her legs are outstretched, and her shoulders are relaxed. She smiles and doesn’t parse her words for political correctness. She is recharging.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who has called herself a “humanitarian hawk” and “the genocide chick,” is not at a spa. She’s at a high school auditorium in Brooklyn.
“I don’t get out much,” Power told students at the High School for Global Citizenship last month. “I spend most of my days at the Security Council negotiating with the Russians, or trying to bring peacekeepers to different parts of Africa and so forth.”
“I’m really excited to be here,” she said.
Earnest as always, she meant what she said. At a time when fewer and fewer Americans support U.S. engagement in overseas conflicts, it’s a treat for the former war correspondent and Harvard University human-rights professor to promote her enthusiasm for a larger world view to young New Yorkers whose horizons may not lie far beyond their own boroughs.
Posted June 20, 2014
Five of HSGC's high school students were invited to a once in a lifetime event. They came back with brand new laptops and tablets and a deeper love for code.
Google is closing the coding gap, one girl at a time.
The tech giant launched its newest initiative — Made With Code — on Thursday night, with Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling kicking off the night.
"Right now, our voices aren't being heard," Clinton told a group of more than 150 tween and teenage girls at the packed event, held at the Skylight Modern in West Chelsea.
"I'm not thrilled we've lost ground to boys and men," Clinton, who is pregnant with her first child, continued, citing that only 12% of computer-science degrees go to women.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than one percent of high school girls think that they have a future in computers and code. Even Google has reported its own lack of diversity, but hopes to change all of that - and has granted $50 million to the cause over the next three years.
The company has also partnered with the Girl Scouts as well as Girls Who Code to encourage young girls to give computing, programing, and coding a try.
"We need a lot more kids to come to computer science," Google X vice president Megan Smith told the group of girls — many of whom were from local tech and girls' groups from around the city. "These are incredibly fun jobs!"
Posted July 1, 2014
Recently, a young man by the name of Shavonne Campbell got the chance to do what some kids only dream of— meet the First Lady of the United States. Shavonne, a Jamaican-born teen who has been living in the United States for the past 14 months, and he took the time out to share a few details of his memorable experience. It was berth from something as simple as a game.
"The First Lady heard about the game and was really excited to see what it was about. She requested that I come to Washington DC with others, and the experience was absolutely amazing," he expressed. The event they were invited to was the National Summer Learning Day Fair held on June 20th.
The game, entitled Life as a first in the field, is about Jackie Robinson ,the first African-American to play on a major league baseball team. The game is location-based -- in order to complete the game, one must be at the location given on the map, and as you go, there will be different trivias and other interactive challenges to keep you engaged.
Campbell, who now lives in Brooklyn, said the game he showed the First Lady was a collaborative effort. "We all made it. Seven other kids, we made the game together", Campbell said. "One person came up with the idea of Jackie Robinson because she actually lived in the building near Ebbets Field, where he used to play."
Global Kids is a programme that targets middle- and high-school students in New York and Washington, DC and gives them the opportunity to travel abroad and learn digital skills.