I Support New Global Citizens: Noemi Gonzalez

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I Support New Global Citizens because since my introduction to the organization during my senior year of high school, my life goals, mindset and appreciation for culture and education took a turn for the better. Simply put, New Global Citizens changed my life by further putting me on a path where a love for the Afghan culture developed, a strong belief in education’s power to resolve pressing global issues formed, and the knowledge that my potential as a human being is far greater than I ever imagined.

I support New Global Citizens because as a student I took the steps in leading other students to help women in Afghanistan achieve their inherent rights. Today, I see, hear and read on a daily basis how students across the nation are taking strides towards becoming global citizens. New Global Citizens’ platforms instill in these young people the ability to imagine solutions for global issues in a far better world than the one we live in today, and most importantly, to take action and develop said imagined solutions to support people and children thousands of miles away from them.

I Support New Global Citizens because each day that I come into the office, I learn from our partners the greater impact the students in the states are having to local people in other countries, and because I truly believe that we, New Global Citizens, are changing the world for the better one student at a time.
– Noemi Gonzalez, NGC Communications Coordinator

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I Support New Global Citizens: Holly Boyer

Holly Boyer (NGC Board Member)

“I support New Global Citizens because it has a bold vision to inspire youth to become engaged global leaders. The organization’s cutting edge classroom curriculum gives students the opportunity to connect directly with people around the world, build their global competency, and lead their local communities. Because of programs like this, I believe in the next generation’s potential to build and lead a peaceful, positive, and stable world. New global citizens is changing the world one student at a time.”
-Holly Boyer, NGC Board Member

“I Support New Global Citizens” Student Contest

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As a thank you to our hardworking, passionate NGC students. New Global Citizens is hosting the “I Support New Global Citizens” Student Contest from November 22 2013 – December 31, 2013.

The Contest Details:
Here is a handout that shares some of our major highlights for the past year. Students can compete in the contest by sharing a photo of them holding this sign on Twitter or Facebook

The contest rules of engagement are as follows:

+ Students choose one platform to compete (Twitter or Facebook, not both).
+ Entries tag @NGCitizens and #ISupportNGC on Twitter OR #ISupportNGC and New Global Citizens (tagging our page) on Facebook.
+ The contest is begins on November 22, 2013. No entries or social media interactions with entries will be considered after 12:01 AM PST on January 1, 2014.
+ The NGC staff will announce the winners shortly after the New Year.

The top 3 NGC students who garner the most likes (Facebook) or retweets (Twitter) will win the following NGC swag:

1st Place: Choice of poster + Set of wristbands + Buttons + Choice of NGC shirt
2nd Place: Choice of poster + Wristbands + Choice of NGC shirt
3rd Place: Choice of poster + Choice of NGC shirt

We hope that  even if you do not want to compete in the contest you will still feel inspired to support New Global Citizens by engaging in the “I Support New Global Citizens” Campaign by displaying to the world that you support New Global Citizens by hanging this sign in public.

If you have any questions about the contest, please email Maggie@newglobalcitizens.org.

House of Hope: A Special Thanks

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During the 2012-2013 school year, four group of students across Arizona and North Carolina supported our grassroots partner House of Hope in Uganda raising over $3,000 and educating over 400 peers and community members.

House of Hope provides a safe and healthy environment for children who have been orphaned by AIDS/HIV, providing access to an education and clean and safe facilities. To learn more, visit Uganda Grassroots, House of Hope’s fiscal partner.

House of Hope, in an expression of gratitude, provided the four New Global Citizens teams with personalized ‘thank you’ photos from the students themselves!

To read about what the four NGC teams did to support House of Hope the previous school year, please continue to read below:

Weddington Middle School, North Carolina |  Funds Raised: $684.83 | Community Education: 100 Community Members 

Comprised of students from 6th to 8th grade, Weddington Middle School’s NGC Team hosted two major events to not only raise funds for House of Hope and Mobile Toy Library, but also to educate the school community. The team hosted a Team Booth during International Day where the members asked students who stopped by trivia questions related to Universal Education and Global Projects. Following, the team used the school’s Jean Day to raise funds. During Jean Day, students and teachers are allowed to wear jeans if the students pay $1 and teachers pay $2 to $5. Afterwards, the team worked together to write and deliver thank-you notes to give to participants. Overall, the team was able to educate their entire school community.

Cuthbertson High School, North Carolina | Funds Raised: $1,486.51 | Community Education: 100 Community Members

As part of our new Co-Curricular Program, teacher Nate Hahn led a group of 30 high school students at Cuthbertson High School in support of House of Hope. His students put together a can drive that went “fantastically.” Nate says, “As a first year teacher, I was a little overwhelmed, but feel far more confident for next year.”

Horizon Honors High School, Arizona Funds Raised: $133.00 | Community Education: 100 Community Members

With a strict administration, the NGC Team at Horizon High School worked col-
lectively to put together an educational video to showcase to the community and out their annual gift-wrapping fundraiser at Barnes & Noble, a bookstore.

Raymond S. Kellis High School, Arizona | Funds Raised: $834.00 | Community Education: 100 Community Members

The Raymond S. Kellis’ NGC Team raised over $500 in support of House of Hope. The team is reputable for its focus on raising funds! The team developed events such as a water balloon fundraiser during the school’s carnival and through a Change for Change drive the team has been putting on since its inception. The team was also able to raise funds and educate the community through a “Send Your Love to Africa” where students purchased a paper heart and for an extra cost were able to decorate it and add it to a mural.

Combating Typhoon Haiyan Through Grassroots Organizations

Sambat Trust, Phillippines, NGC Grassroots Partner

Sambat Trust, Phillippines, NGC Global Project

7,107 islands make up the Phillippines. Among other issues as poverty and a vulnerable infrastructure surrounding the islands, the Phillippine’s geography is one that makes reaching remote areas a struggle, especially for its central government and for first responders in the wake of natural disasters.

Even so, as far as global issues go, natural disasters as an issue is a complicated one, because it is one that halts the path towards resolving other issues from universal education to poverty. It complicates the journey for children to go to school, while sometimes destroying the infrastructure providing the schooling, and also paving the way for further discrimination and gender inequality.

As Global Fund for Children‘s Amanda Hsiung writes, “…while the [Phillippine’s] government is regrettably experienced with responding to natural disasters, the country’s geography of 7,107 islands and the central government’s lack of reach into remote areas weaken national disaster preparation and response.”

While thousands are displaced and the immediate help and service is much needed in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, we tend to dismiss the future around the corner in order to provide such relief.  As our partners at Global Fund for Children write, such relief is without a doubt critical and needed, but we must also shed light on the grassroots on the frontline that will take over once first responders’ work is done.

Such grassroots in the frontline have the capacity to provide long-lasting and effective aid. GFC’s first respond approach provides rapid grants and aid to 89 grassroots organizations across the globe, among them the Cartwheel Foundation, which provides education to a student population belonging to one of the most remote indigenous groups in the Phillippines. (To donate to GFC, click hereClick here for an overview on Global Fund for Children’s first response in conjunction with grassroots method.)

Cartwheel Foundation, Phillippines, Photo courtesy of Global Fund for Children

Cartwheel Foundation, Phillippines, Photo courtesy of Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Women is an additional non-profit that will be supplying immediate aid to women relief programs in the Phillippines.

“The unfortunate reality is that natural disasters often exacerbate existing inequalities and discrimination against women,” states GFW. “Women and girls, who account for over half of the 200 million people affected annually by natural disasters, are typically at greater risk from natural hazards than men – particularly in low-income countries and among the poor, according to the Brookings Institution.”

To learn more about GFW and how to donate, click here. 

Combating Extreme Poverty: A Poor Inconvenience

Post contributed by Team Mentor Ashely Suarez 

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Why it’s an issue:

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NGC’s logo for Extreme Hunger & Poverty

As part of the United Nation’s first Millennium Development Goals, extreme poverty is one of the world’s greatest problems, generating a multiplicity of other issues that further complicate the daily lives of individuals and families. According to the United Nations, it robs them of their basic human needs such as food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education, and information. It is characterized by living on less than $2 a day and, for many people, this may sound farfetched and uncommon, but the sad truth is that half the planet lives with these conditions. Extreme poverty does not solely refer to income but to access to services as well. While it is extremely important to help ease some of the stemming issues of poverty such as hunger, we must come up with a way to combat the deep-rooted problem. It may seem almost impossible to eradicate extreme poverty, but with the help of optimistic NGC teams around the country and global organizations such as The Shelter of Friendship and A Ban Against Neglect, we can help make those basic human needs more accessible.

Fundraising:

NGC teams can come up with various creative ideas on how to fundraise for their global projects. By hosting events such as Poetry Nights where students pay a small fee for entrance and spend the evening listening to great poetry and music, teams can easily raise more than $200. Rather than simply asking for donations, although that can also work, it would be more effective to communicate where the funds are going by having an event and spending some time explaining the project or hosting activities such as Awareness Weeks where they dedicate the week to community education and fundraising. It can often be difficult to come up with different ways to fundraise, but with a little inspiration and a lot of motivation, teams can virtually do anything to help raise money for their projects. When in doubt, hold a bake sale: no one can deny a delicious cookie to help those in need of shelter.

Advocacy:

Our generation is one of the most passionate and reformist groups; we use our voices to bring light to issues that are important to each of us. Extreme poverty is one of those issues, and with their voices and actions, NGC teams can advocate for it by choosing a global project that helps to combat it. Advocacy can be done on a local and global scale, reaching out to community partners and businesses for support as well as senators and even the president. Partnering with local businesses or reaching out to state senators can make a huge difference on the impact that the team has on the community. This in turn will allow the team’s efforts to be seen by people across the country. Even if teams choose to keep things local, it still helps to reach out to others to help advocate for extreme poverty.

Community Education:

One of the biggest problems that is hindering progression in combating issues such as extreme poverty is a lack of knowledge. When people are unaware about what is going on around the globe, these issues are buried and continue to impede the lives of many people. NGC teams can use their voices and creative minds to help educate their schools and local communities about extreme poverty and its prevalence in society. By hosting documentary nights featuring films relevant to their global project or issue, teams can educate others on the importance of helping to end extreme poverty. Also, explaining the different problems that arise from poverty such as a lack of access to healthcare or education can further bring awareness to the topic. Once that is done, NGC teams can use their resources and ideas to work together with others to help end poverty through their global partner.

Impact:

Extreme poverty is a widespread issue that has received attention but has yet to be eradicated. Through the F.A.C.E. goals, NGC teams can make ending it that much easier. Although it may seem that a group of high school students can only do so much, their efforts will go a long way.

The global partnership that the team supports will work to help make their efforts worthwhile and noticed. We are helping real people with real lives; we are making a difference. And while extreme poverty will not disappear in a day, our teams will be the drop in the water that causes a wave of progression.

Growing As a Global Citizen

Post contributed by Team Mentor Kamrie Yeung 

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I have always connected NGC and Global Glimpse as partner organizations in educating the youth to understand global issues and to make sustainable changes.

My sister established the first Independence High School NGC team after returning from her trip to Leon, Nicaragua as a Glimpser. At the time, I was a Freshman, quite clueless to what was going on in the rest of the world. I joined my sister in the beginning of NGC

Besides what was in the Team Box sent to us, we did not have much of an idea what to do with the club. As the only one with the time and interest, I was appointed “Art Director” of the club, making posters, hand-painting the t-shirts. Eventually, I was able to convince a few of my close friends to join NGC. Although the club was in a constant struggle to take off due to the extreme shortage of members and support, we always knew NGC’s main ideas of sustainable change, awareness, and community. We were lost, but we were lost together.

After my sister and the original Global Glimpse group graduated, it became a sort of unspoken tradition that the NGC leaders would be Glimpsers. We believe that this is the best way to teach our members – by letting those with true hands-on experience in global service share their knowledge. For two more years, our team faced obstacle after obstacle, as we were still a new club and knew very little about the logistics, requirements, and restrictions for every project. We always had great ideas, but were never able to follow through with them the last moment because of some restriction from the school. As “Secretary” for the club, I had to negotiate many times with the school office to allow us to hold events. We tried many things, including reaching out to our community’s grassroots, contacting elementary and middle school principals to ask for permission to present in classes. Perhaps because of the budget cuts and the dropping in test scores of said schools, none of the principals seemed to have time for us.

Come Junior Year, I began to prepare for my own trip with Global Glimpse. Despite the obstacles we faced with NGC, I had learned much about global issues and sustainable changes and was able to include my experiences in my application. Thankfully, I was accepted in December of 2012 to be a Glimpser. Although I was gifted with a scholarship for the trip, I knew I still needed to fundraise a lot of money to help my parents afford it. Again, the knowledge and experience I gained with NGC was put to excellent use as I was the only one in our school’s Global Glimpse group who had the persistence to fundraise at all, and fundraised almost eight-hundred dollars towards my trip. From my experience with Global Glimpse and three-week’s stay in Jinotega, Nicaragua, I learned much not only about culture, politics, and service, but also about leadership, people, and myself.

Finally I had a chance to lead NGC! (Don’t get me wrong, we voted for positions in the previous year, careful to keep the democracy.) After returning from Global Glimpse, I had a renewed determination and courage; I knew I had the persistence to make a difference. With the friends who had stayed with NGC and me all these years, I went into turbo work mode. First line of business was to recruit; we depend very heavily on our members’ support and help to spread community education. Step by step, we saw NGC flutter its wings and take flight. Our team’s determination, knowledge, and innovation helped us make the events we couldn’t have before. We made bracelets representing the hand-in-hand relationship between cultures and information cards telling of the Interfaith Mediation Center’s mission to fundraise; we sold out after just two days. We held a showing of Half the Sky and had a heart-to-heart discussion afterwards that spurred our new members to work for a cause they believed in. Along the way, encouragement from our team mentor Catherine kept us on track and determined. Although we still stumbled, we truly established our presence as a team on campus with our devoted members. Simultaneously, I worked as Global Glimpse Ambassador, giving tips to the next groups of Glimpsers. By the end of the school year, we saw such a growth in NGC that we could’ve only dreamt of three years ago.

Because of the obstacles and success that we have met, I am thrilled to have a chance to help current NGC team leaders overcome and achieve their own just as our team mentor did for us!