This past Friday (May 13), more than 600 New York City youth convened to "update their status" at the 2011 Global Kids youth-led, youth-planned annual conference. Instead of the "TGIF" stream of updates that usually hit Facebook, these students were on a different mission that Friday morning--to use media as a tool for change.
Global Kids prepares youth from low income and minority communities to become effective global citizens through leadership and personal development. The conference is planned by the students each year--they pick the theme, the speakers and even lead sessions.
This year everything from cyberbullying to gender stereotypes to media literacy was a topic of discussion. Act got a chance to spend some time with a few of the conference participants (so inspiring!) who shared with us one action they would take to change the world. So, take out your smartphones--here's how you can join NYC's Global Kids in their efforts!
+ Join Jessica and save Darfur -- learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur by watching this video and then sharing it on Facebook or Twitter.
+ Join Gabriel and promote gender equality--support the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal No. 3, to promote gender equality and empower women, by getting involved with their GirlUp campaign.
+ Join Sheniece and conserve Earth's resources--play Ecotopia, Conservation International's Facebook game! Turn "dirty environments into lush landscapes" and even earn points for taking real-life action.
+ Join Jasmine and fight poverty-- call President Obama right now and help ONE.org urge our government to fund childhood vaccines for families in Africa who can't afford them.
+ Join Patrick and provide access to technology--search DonorsChoose.org's listings to find a local school in need of technology.