New Global Citizens: Westwood HS & Tolleson HS

Post written by Team Mentor Ahmad Abujbarah


The second semester is in full swing for NGC teams all over the country, and, as usual, teams are trying to develop interesting ways to educate and raise funds for their global partner.

Hopefully, all teams are able to find strategies to raise awareness as well as simply have fun by knowing they are making a lasting change. Two teams, the Tolleson Union High School tram and Westwood High School team, have been able to fundraise while creatively teach their school on the Millennium Development Goals they and their global charity continue to tackle.

Tolleson Union High School’s NGC team ended their first semester with the wildly popular Poetry Night, where students perform musical pieces or recite poetry while the team raises money by selling merchandise, snacks, and charging a small admission fee. The Winter 2013 Poetry Night saw the highest turnout since the event’s creation in 2010 as over 80 students and teachers appeared to learn more about the Nirvanavan Foundation in India while also watching their peers on stage. Moving on from the success of their first semester, Tolleson NGC rang in the new semester with an Awareness Week to collect donations as well as further educate on the many issues the Nirvanavan Foundation combats while also telling students how their small donations and time spent listening helps create solutions for the children. Most recently, the team held a book sale to also raise funds, where students donated used books to be sold. By the looks of things, Tolleson NGC is having an excellent start so far, and the team is anticipating even more success, especially with their second Poetry Night and an Indian Culture Night.

Westwood High School’s NGC team is also doing well for itself. The team concluded the first semester educating and raising funds by hosting donut sales ever Wednesday and Thursday for about a month, which has been the team’s most successful strategy to fundraise as well as get students to walk up to their NGC table to learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and how they can be achieved. The team also sold Westwood High School themed Christmas ornaments, which was particularly creative because the team was able to tie in school spirit while also raising awareness for their cause! Plus, while doing these fundraisers, the team passes out flyers and posts posters all over the school to educate the students on the issues plaguing the world, as well encourage them to go to the NGC meeting to learn how change can be made. In the second semester, the team sold chocolate roses to raise even more funds and they aim to continue the donut sales throughout the rest of the semester. Even more astonishing, the team is planning a partnership with Westwood’s Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI), the world’s most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers, to help educate on the issues in today’s society as well as show students how their small contributions can make a huge difference.

Hopefully, all NGC teams are able to move forward this semester with new ideas that will call people’s attention to the concerns in the world. These teams show what hard work and dedication can create, and perhaps Tolleson NGC and Westwood NGC could inspire other NGC teams all over the country to find engaging new ways raise funds and educate their schools and communities!

As always, I hope for the best for all New Global Citizens teams!

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.

Tolleson NGC Uses Indiegogo to raise funds


For an entire month, from February to March, the Tolleson NGC team worked towards developing an awareness video which would educate students and staff and the community about A Ban Against Neglect.

Now, the team is working towards raising $500 via indiegogo to help the young mothers of A Ban Against Neglect in Uganda, Africa.

If you wish to donate and help the team meet its goals, please click here!



Teacher to Teacher: Global Competency


Taken by Team Mentor Noemi Gonzalez

Written by Lisa Glenn, NGC’s Education Coordinator, for ANEE 

Globalization. From turning off the alarm clock made in a distant land to
communicating effectively with the person in the next office, we all interact with
the rest of the world on a daily, if not hourly basis. Unfortunately, it seems that the
US education system has not yet caught up to the needs of students in this global
context. The even more unfortunate truth is that students who do not develop global
competency are destined to lag behind their foreign counterparts in the workforce
and in academia until we take the time to evaluate our education system and include
global competency training in our curriculum.

So, what does global competency look like? Students who are globally competent
can investigate the world around them, recognize and value diverse perspectives,
communicate ideas about global issues, and take action as it is needed. Basically,
global competency is simply an extension of the already great teaching that most
educators do on a daily basis.

Teaching global competency falls in line quite seamlessly with the Common Core
State Standards (CCSS). Here in Arizona, as we begin to implement the CCSS, we
would be well served to also consider how we are teaching students to become
Global Citizens. College and career readiness certainly includes the ability to write
and read, to investigate mathematical theorems, and to apply the Scientific Method.
But our students are living in a world where they must also be able to interact
with and understand people from diverse backgrounds and countries. At ASU,
NAU, Grand Canyon, UA, and other institutions, our students will collaborate with
researchers from around the world. As professionals, our students will create
partnerships with global organizations. And, if we are so fortunate, our students will
become leaders who will interact with others on a global scale. If we do not provide
our students with the tools and skills needed to succeed in these arenas, then we
have truly failed.

We must use this critical time in the education field to seize upon the strength at the
base of the Common Core standards—that is, the Habits of Mind. The great benefit
of these standards is that they do not, in many cases, prescribe to the teacher exact
content to be taught. As a result, we as teachers can choose to teach the Habits of
Mind through the lens of global issues. We can choose to implement projects on how
to use public health information to make responsible decisions instead of simply
researching disease transmission. We can examine a systems-based approach to
armed conflict in addition to teaching Civil War history.

By embracing global competency, we open our students up to a whole new world of
engaging content. According to CommLaw Conspectus, 43% of US students say that
they think their homework is never or only sometimes meaningful. As educators, we
can link the concepts that students must grasp to developed and engaging content
that students are excited about and in so doing, support them in becoming Global
Citizens to ensure their successful tomorrow.

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