I Support New Global Citizens: Niki Karandreas

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“I support New Global Citizens because Lisa Glenn (NGC Director of Programs) has been an invaluable resource. Her exuberance, knowledge, and understanding of the New Global Citizens program and what it offers high school students via any course curriculum is truly amazing. It is a joy working with someone who understands my students’ interests so well.”
– Niki Karandreas, NGC Educator

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I Support New Global Citizens: Linnea Bennett

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 “I support New Global Citizens because I believe in the power of the youth to effect positive change. NGC not only provides students with the resources and knowledge to help solve global issues, it gives them the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Younger generations are often criticized for being self-centered, entitled and lazy. But the participation and passion students bring to NGC prove just how engaged and connected our youth are — and how much they want to make a difference in the world. I support New Global Citizens because it helps students realize their full potential.”
– Linnea Bennett, NGC Communications Intern

Youth in the Valley Take Action for Global Cause

This post was created by Team Mentor Ahmad Abujbarah, a Phoenix-based NGC alum and student

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New Global Citizens continues to grow year-by-year as students and teachers in schools all over the country become motivated to make a difference in the lives of others all over the world. Certainly, being a Team Mentor, I enjoy seeing what these high school students create in order to raise awareness and funds for their project. Their creativity and passion always inspires me to think outside the box with every one of my endeavors. To highlight some of the team’s accomplishments, three Arizona high schools, Westwood High School, Tolleson Union High School, and Franklin Police and Fire High School, show that they are dedicated to educating and transforming their communities and the world.

Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona was invested in educating the student body for their project, The Foundation for People with Disabilities in Ecuador. The team focused on educating themselves and informing their peers on the importance of supporting this project, so children with disabilities can obtain professional care, such as therapies, medical care, and language therapy. While doing this, the team also began raising funds for the organization by asking for donations and even having a donut sale at their school, helping them raise over $300. The motivation found in this team has made it an excellent example for how hard work matched with enthusiasm can create a lasting change.

Tolleson Union High School in Tolleson, Arizona is ending its first semester for its fourth year, and the team continues to raise awareness on its own project as well as educating about issues in other parts of the world. The dedicated team members, team leaders, and team sponsor all work together to create one of the largest and most successful clubs on Tolleson’s campus. The team has hosted an Awareness Week to educate the students and teachers on the Nirvanavan Project as well as the issues of Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Universal Education, Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability, among the list of MDGs. They also managed to raise about $100 from donations alone in that week. In November, the team hosted Documentary Night, showing the documentary Born to Brothels to highlight the issues of gender inequality as well as lack of opportunities for children in certain parts of India. Inviting New Global Citizen’s Executive Director Jennifer Vollman, the team had a large turn-out and proved that teenagers are more interested in making a positive change than many would believe. To end the semester, Tolleson NGC hosted its most popular event, Poetry Night. While allowing students to recite poetry and perform, the team has found a way to make educating and raising funds for their projects much more interactive. This Poetry Night had the largest turn-out since the event’s creation four years ago. With multiple events geared to educating and raising money, Tolleson NGC proves that high school students have the ability to get involved in global development if they are given the opportunity to create such change.

The final team Franklin Police and Fire High School in Phoenix, Arizona focused most of it attention on educating the team on global development and civil engagement. In November, the team attended a discussion at the Phoenix City Hall to discuss the importance of civil engagement. With this, the team educated itself on the importance of being involved in creating a safe and positive environment, both locally and globally, thus bringing better opportunities to all the people in a community. The team has also utilized its meetings to discuss the MDGs in depth as well as informing themselves on the how to find solutions for the issues all over the world. Thus, the team acts as an example for how simple awareness is the first step to making a difference in the world.

However, these are only three NGC teams, they show the basic characteristics of a strong and dedicated group. The teams try to make the work they do fun, and they enjoy learning more about the world as well as sharing that knowledge with the people around them. They will take these experiences with them in their future, and will continue to think outside-the-box when it comes to creating solutions for obstacles. I can only imagine what the next semester holds for these three teams and all New Global Citizens teams.

I Support New Global Citizens: Jennifer Vollmann

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“I support New Global Citizens because I believe its programs are creating generations of knowledgeable, skilled, and passionate leaders and change agents that will help end to major global issues in our lifetime. The only way we can make the world better and solve major global issues like poverty, is by including the voices and minds of the marginalized, grassroots organizations, businesses, governments, and the entire global community. New Global Citizens is equipping young people with the mindset, skills, empathy, and passion to collaborate, think big, and create partnerships across borders to help solve these issues. Because of their experience with NGC, students will spend their lives helping solve these issues. To make this world better we need millions of global citizens that can focus their talents and energies into solving big problems and helping others.”
– Jennifer Vollmann, NGC Executive Director

I Support New Global Citizens: Maggie Broderick

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“I Support New Global Citizens  because I believe youth have the power to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges if they are empowered to do so.

I Support New Global Citizeens because I believe students can develop valuable skills in the classroom that will help them view the world through a global lens.

I Support New Global Citizens because I believe that educators should be supported and encouraged to integrate current issues into their daily lessons.”
– Maggie Broderick, NGC Program Coordinator

I Support New Global Citizens: Daniel Goman

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“I support NGC because, as a social studies teacher and club sponsor, I want young people to know that the world is so much bigger than what they know. NGC makes the rest of the globe more real and relevant for them in a time when popular culture and social media has caused many youth to become less connected to the realities of much of the rest of the world’s population. I want them to understand that their youth is one of their biggest assets, not a weakness, in helping to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, and I am inspired by their passion to do so.”
– Daniel Goman, NGC Educator