Kirstyn’s Experience on the Tolleson Union High Team 2014

NGC Tolleson Team: educating their community and raising funds for GWWI.

NGC Tolleson Team: educating their community and raising funds for GWWI.

This is the sixth year of the Tolleson NGC team. In the past they have advocated on behalf of organizations such as the Afghan Institute of Learning, A Ban Against Neglect, and the Nirvanavan Foundation. This year the team has chosen to sponsor The Global Women’s Water Initiative. This semester, the team has been hard at work raising funds and awareness on behalf of the organization.

The Global Women’s Water Initiative responds to the struggles and burdens that women in East Africa face related to their water collecting practices. GWWI provides training for these women in order to better their communities. They teach the women water, sanitation, and hygiene skills that greatly benefit their communities as a whole.

The Tolleson NGC team has already held multiple events to raise awareness about the organization and its goals. In the beginning of the semester, the team held an “Awareness Week” in which team members dedicated a week to teaching their peers facts about the pressing issues addressed by GWWI, delegating a different focus for each day. They also solicited donations during this event, raising about $160 total. Another event held by the team recently was a “Documentary Night,” in which the team screened the documentary, “It’s a Girl,” which explores the practice of female infanticide around the world. The team used the relevance of the film to advocate further for the GWWI.

NGC Tolleson Team at their Documentary Night.

NGC Tolleson Team at their Documentary Night.

For the remainder of the semester, the team plans to hold one more large event called “Poetry Night.” The team has hosted this event in the past, usually once per semester. This staple event attracts a large crowd and brings the community together. The purpose of the event is to not only raise funds, but also to educate the community and peers about literacy, education, and the GWWI.

This post was written by NGC Team Mentor Kirstyn Rowen.

#ISupportNGC Student Contest 2014

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We are in the middle of the “I Support New Global Citizens” Campaign and we hope that you will participate in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Display to the world that you support NGC by hanging this sign in public.
  2. Engage in the campaign by recording a video of you completing the following sentence: “I Support NGC because…”, then post the video on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
  3. Send picture of you holding the sign or a video explaining why you support NGC to Maggie@newglobalcitizens.org, and we will share it with our networks.

NGC students also have the opportunity take part in our “I Support NGC” Contest. Students can take part in the campaign by sharing their video on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (#2 above).

The contest rules of engagement are as follows:

+ Students choose one platform to compete (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram).

+ Students must like or follow us via the social media platform on which they choose to compete.

+ Entries tag @NGCitizens and use hashtag #ISupportNGC on Twitter, OR tag New Global Citizens and use hashtag #ISupportNGC on Facebook (you must like our page before you can tag/mention us in a post), OR tag @NGCitizens and use hashtag #ISupportNGC on Instagram. NOTE: Facebook privacy settings may prevent us from seeing your post! Please send the Facebook entry link to maggie@newglobalcitizens.org to make sure we see it.

+ The contest begins on November 17, 2013. No entries or social media interactions with entries will be considered after 12:01 AM PST on January 1, 2014.

The top 3 NGC students who garner the most likes (Facebook, Instagram) 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

If you have any questions about the “I Support NGC” Contest, please contact Maggie Broderick at Maggie@newglobalcitizens.org.

#ISupportNGC 2014: How To Get Involved

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Why do you support NGC? New Global Citizens recently launched our “I Support New Global Citizens” Campaign, and here are a few ways you can get involved:

1. Watch/share our #ISupportNGC Launch Video.

2. Share a picture of you holding the I Support NGC sign.

3. Post a video of you explaining why you support NGC to social media. Be sure to use #ISupportNGC. (Email Maggie@newglobalcitizens.org the link if your Facebook posts are private to the public!)

Our work wouldn’t be possible without every member of our NGC Community.

Chiao Reflects on Education: A Pressing Global Issue

NGC Global Project, Sunshine Charity

NGC Global Project, Sunshine Charity

Education is a right, like the right to have proper food or shelter. Education serves as a passport to human development and it expands opportunities and freedom for everyone. It contributes to democracy and economic growth as well as improving health and reducing poverty among the people.

Since 2000, more girls have been enrolled in school than before, measuring from primary education to tertiary education. The number of secondary students has also risen substantially, more than four times that increase in the number of primary students. A major reason for the rise in school enrollments in Africa and Asia is the abolition of school fees and the prospect of a midday meal. However, it is also clear that many challenges still remain in creating opportunities for children to receive an education. Poverty remains as the major marker of disadvantage. Other disadvantaged populations include indigenous populations, street children and migrants, the disabled and cultural minorities. There is also an issue with the inability to recruit female teachers and supporting poor families to making the schools more girl-friendly.

Literacy and the equality of education remains among the most neglected of all education goals with about 796 million adults lacking literacy skills. Two-thirds of this number are women. Millions of children are leaving school without acquiring the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their futures. There are currently many different measures in increasing the number of enrollment to schools, like the United Nation’s Education For All program. They are striving to increase enrollment and subsequently increase literacy rates globally. Every citizen deserves a right to education and to be able to gain the proper skills and knowledge to succeed in life.

This post was written by NGC Team Mentor Chiao May Lee.

Westwood High School + The Colorful Girls Foundation

Westwood High School Warriors in action at Homecoming!

Westwood High School Warriors in action at Homecoming! c/0 m.eastvalleytribune.com

New Global Citizens programs are designed to introduce students to a global perspective and use that knowledge to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. The students at Westwood High School, in Mesa, AZ, are very passionate about being involved in the NGC programs; they are doing what they can to help make a change in the world we live in now.

The NGC team at Westwood High chose to get involved with a great organization called the Colorful Girls Foundation, who serves as a support system for girls between the ages 11 and 17. This foundation was created to help young girls get the resources they need to succeed in the future. Westwood High has done a tremendous job at helping this foundation as they have participated in their high school’s homecoming parade and tailgating event. During this event, the students have created a parade float, flyers and brochures to create awareness among their peers.

Also, being very creative, they started an advocacy campaign in school by writing facts about NGC and the Colorful Girls Foundation on sticky notes and placing them all around their high school campus. The NGC team at Westwood High has shown great initiative to heighten awareness and they are currently very eager to plan their next fundraising event for the Colorful Girls Foundation.

This post was written by NGC Team Mentor Chiao May Lee.

Kamrie’s NGC Journey

When I first entered high school, my idea of community service involved volunteering at the library and collecting cans for a food drive. Although these are undeniably good deeds, they are restrained to a local scale; I had no idea what was going on globally. Why would I? It was not like a mere 9th-grader could have made a change big enough in the world anyway. Global issues were for the big characters in the world to deal with.

Each of the years I have been in NGC has taught me how very wrong I was. NGC has truly made me a global citizen, one who is not only aware of the global issues, but also that strong individuals all around the world are making improvements, and that I too, can be one of these individuals. I learned the power of awareness, and how it can spark more individuals to make a change. I learned the importance of sustainability, without which, change would be temporary. From the advocacy and community education projects for NGC, I have developed strong leadership and public speaking skills. Such skills have proven to be extremely helpful beyond high school.

New Global Citizens is not an ordinary school club. We are youth teams spread nationally, reaching internationally, promoting a positive outlook on global change.

Kamrie and her NGC Team!

Kamrie and her fellow NGC Team!

This post was written by NGC Team Mentor Kamrie Yeung.

The Things They Carried Review

The NGC staff started the Documentary/Book Club to review resources we utilize in our programs and to find new ways to learn more about global issues. Feel free to email the reviewer (contact info below) if you have any follow-up questions!

Author: Tim O’Brien

“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the terrible power of the things they carried.”

Who should read: High Schoolers

Why it’s important: Deals with Global Issue of Armed Conflict.

What Gabi thought : Tim O’Brien writes this book from his perspective from his experience being a soldier in the Vietnam War. It’s written in a really compelling way almost as if he was talking to someone and sharing his experiences and memories as they come. It works to convey the desperation of being a soldier, the constant struggle to not get sucked into the awfulness of war, the lifelong effects of having been a soldier. But most compelling of all towards the end of the book Tim O’Brien shares that while his book is based on his own experiences but part of it is also fictionalized to better convey certain feelings from his stores.

Gabi Jimenez, summer intern, reviewed The Things They Carried send her an email with any questions at gabriela@newglobalcitziens.org. 


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