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International youth program comes to Little Rock

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) – A premier non-profit education organization for global learning and youth development makes its way to the capital city.

Global Kids, Inc. works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences, and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities.

Launching in 2011, the Global Gateways Summer Institute is a four to six week international affairs and leadership development program with the goals of exposing underprivileged high school students to core concepts in foreign and domestic policy, introduces students to international career opportunities, and provides a life changing opportunity to study abroad.

Global Kids Arkansas Committee Chairperson Chane "Epiphany" Morrow said, "It's a great resume builder.  The exposure to culture and government overseas provides a behind the scenes perspective from issues around the world and how it relates to them and their own community. They have the opportunity to network with government officials and speakers, attend events and museums, and gain a hands-on experience to behind the scenes government and politics overseas."

Currently, the program is only offered to students in New York City and Washington, D.C., but the goal of Global Kids Arkansas is to replicate and implement the program in Little Rock by the summer of 2013.

The curriculum includes exposure to international issues along with college and career readiness, but also extends learning throughout the year through continued involvement.

"Global Gateways has traveled to Haiti, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. The students have forged solid connections with political leaders.  But the great thing about Global Kids is when they get back they have follow up projects that are designed for continued growth and awareness. We keep them involved, and we are always there to provide information and opportunities," said Epiphany.

Global Kids is now seeking support from local businesses, organizations, and community members through two weeks of fundraising events from April 15 until April 29. During this time Global Kids will host events including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, scavenger hunt, performances, art shows, cocktail parties and more.  Additional funds will be raised through corporate sponsorship.

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