Why NGC Board Member Sakena Yacoobi Supports NGC

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“I support New Global Citizens because they are working with young people. Young people are a good investment for the future because they are the light which shines in every nation which leads in good governance, good citizenship, good rule of law and is pro-democracy. The active young people that I have worked with are so honest, so trustworthy. They want to see positive change, and organizations like NGC can help them. When the youth are involved, people in society will enjoy a good life. If we were to follow the brightest of the young people, there would not be any war like what we see today.” – Sakena Yacoobi, NGC Board Member and Founder of Afghan Institute of Learning (an NGC Global Project)

Merry’s Holiday Reflection

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As I head home for the holidays this year, I’m eager for some amazing home cooking as part of my family’s holiday traditions.  I love food – it’s a part of my culture, and always the center of celebrations that bring my family together.  But as I continue through this season of celebration and abundance, it is important for me to remember and reflect on the fact that in the current state of our world, food is a privilege.

Food security happens when a household has access at all times to an adequate amount of nutritious food, or food that will allow them to live a full and healthy life.  For about one seventh of the world’s population, fear of hunger, starvation, or threat of malnutrition is an ongoing reality.  These people, an estimated 1 billion worldwide, are food-insecure.

Because children, especially young children, are at vital stages of growth and development, they are at higher risk of negative effects from hunger.  Children, who are malnourished, malnutrition meaning they do not get enough of the essential nutritional elements necessary for human health, are not able to develop and are more susceptible to diseases.  Each year, 2.6 million children die as a result of hunger-related causes.  Although overall the amount of people who are affected by hunger has gone down in the world, in certain regions including Africa, hunger has become more rampant.

There are many factors that allow hunger and malnutrition to persist in out world, but improved access to critical public services such as health clinics, and water and sanitation facilities, as well as increased support care for women and children would be a big step.  The United States also still has a huge population that is affected by hunger, about 14.5 percent of households, so remembering that this problem affects our local and international communities is also important.  There are many organizations, including some of NGC’s incredible partners, who fight hunger nation and worldwide as members of a global community working towards food security for all.

This post was written by NGC Team Mentor Merry Farrier.

Why Lucy (NGC Alumna & Former Board Member) Supports NGC

Lucy tabling to raise awareness about global issues in high school.

Lucy tabling to raise awareness about global issues in high school.

“I support New Global Citizens, because as a youth, NGC taught me that no matter what I go on to do, whatever I put my passion behind, I have a responsibility to use it for the greater good of society. I am pursuing a master’s in speech-language pathology, and my passions include caring for individuals who have been born with severe disabilities or who have gone through physical trauma that has rendered them unable to effectively communicate. I am working to turn this passion into a skill. I plan to work with and advocate for underserved populations in my own country, as well as in countries abroad.

My goals and dreams have been very much shaped by what NGC taught me so many years ago. They changed what I would have done anyways—found what we love—and ensured that I went on to use those skills and passions to solve the world’s greatest challenges. To me, this is the most incredible piece of NGC. New Global Citizens takes the new generation, and turns their minds and their eyes to the pressing issues of their world. They raise awareness, they instill passion, then they release mobilized, equipped, and influential young leaders into the world. How fantastic is that?” – Lucy Hardy

Why do you support NGC? Send your response to Maggie@newglobalcitizens.org.

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.

Happy Earth Day from the New Global Citizen Team

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For the past 44 years, the world has celebrated the Earth. Today, there are more than a billion people across taking some sort of positive and “green” stride for our planet.

But did you know it all started with 20 million people across the U.S. in the ’70s who began to rally, advocate and community educate for the protection of the environment? (Read more here on Nat Geo about Earth Day got started and its impact!)

This year’s theme for Earth Day revolves around the idea of building green cities. What does this mean? It means that this year more than half the world lives in an cities, and with an ever-growing of “urban population” – people living in cities – our impact on the land, the ozone layer, the air we breathe, the rain and sunlight that hydrates our vegetation becomes critical, as it has become over the last decade. (You can read more here about this year’s theme on Earth Day Org!).

As a New Global Citizen, there are many things you can to today to alleviate your and your peers’ impact on our planet. From educating to advocating, whether at the local or global scale.

At the local level, you may raise awareness about littering on campus. Bring it up to the administrators and discuss the importance of a clean area, or encourage your friends to do better. Or, perhaps your city doesn’t have a recycling system…or perhaps your household doesn’t have a recycling system.

On the global level, you may raise awareness about NGC’s partners from A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN) in Accra, Ghana, where majority of our electronic waste ends up littering the streets. Women in Accra with ABAN are reversing the effect of poverty and waste in their lives by taking the trash and in turn turning it into marketable goods! That’s a plus for the Earth, the economy and women empowerment! Learn more here!

Or, on a more local level for those in Arizona or specifically in the Tuscon-area, you can partner up with Douglaprieta where community members are taught how to cultivate their vegetation and garden in order to alleviate the families’ dependency on government-assistance! Learn more here. 

Click here to learn more about sustainability-based global projects you may take a part in!

Written by Team Mentor Kamrie Yeung irv Irvington High School’s NGC team has been thriving for many years now, and this school year has been no different. Their success is stemmed from their meticulous time management and organized events. The team leaders had designated the first semester to be focused on fundraising for their global project of the year, The Greenhouse Project. Out of the two to three they had planned, they had already held a joint-restaurant fundraiser in November of 2013. The team has plans to expand beyond service for the Greenhouse Project and on to soup-kitchen volunteering. In this way, team members would get a chance to encounter poverty in their own community and to help their neighbors with it. Yet another side project, the team will also do a Coins for Change Project, a coin fundraiser held at three to four local elementary and middle schools. The CCP would fulfill the community education part of NGC’s fundraising, advocating, and community education (FACE) mission statement. Because this project is held at elementary and middle schools, it helps with grassroots education, which would eventually accumulate as the youth group matures.

Expanding Worlds: Fostering Innovation in Youth

Currently circulating the NGC office is an amazing story about a Sierra Leone boy, Kelvin, who reversed engineered wires/tools to create an FM radio in his country. We definitely found ourselves with tears because Kelvin is one young student who epitomizes NGC’s vision: young people fostering their ability to be leaders. In this case, Kelvin fostered such an ability under conditions that many would have seen as impossible.

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Through NGC, students in the US can help global peers in achieving their dreams, from helping women in Afghanistan achieve their education or help children orphaned by epidemics to have equal access to education, nutrition, and more. LEARN MORE on how you and your peers can be involved.