Global Kids works to develop youth leaders for the global stage through dynamic global education and leadership development programs. The Global Kids organization inspires underserved youth to achieve academic excellence, self-actualization and global competency, and empowers them to take action on critical issues facing their communities and our world.
Each year, the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference brings together approximately 500 young people, primarily from New York City public high schools, and 100 educators for a youth-led event that addresses a youth-selected international issue. The theme of this year’s event was Global Media and Technology: Update Your Status!
Often, individuals in our fast-paced society use Facebook or Twitter for leisure, and do not realize its potential as an instrument of change. How media can be used as an instrument of change was a focus of the day. 10x10 team members Lauren Mitte and Justin Reeves excited the teens by explaining how the many media components of the 10x10 campaign and film act as powerful tools to help create real change and opportunity for girls in the developing world. They shared success stories of girls in 10x10 countries and urged the teens to arm themselves with 10x10 stories and media to take their first action on behalf of girls through their own social networks. By spreading the word on the importance of educating girls through Facebook and Twitter, the Global Kids understood that using their voice and disseminating their message over social networks is the first step to raising awareness about an issue – awareness that eventually leads to lasting change.
10x10 was happy to be a part of the Global Kids conference and excited to see teens start making change happen through social media!