Guns, Violence and the Global Village: Can Youth Build an Alliance to End the Killing?

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NEW YORK, April 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy and the resulting push for stronger federal gun laws, Global Kids ( will bring together 600 students from across New York City for a youth conference titled "Build a Global Alliance Against Violence."

Students in Global Kids (called GK Leaders) specifically want this year's conference to address peaceful solutions to what they see in the news and experience in their neighborhoods. They will also conduct workshops focusing on child soldiers and violence against women.

At the conference, to be held Fri., April 12, GK Leaders will hear from Aravella Simotas, New York State Assemblywoman. The legislator from Queens is actively supporting a state bill that would lower the burden of proof for rape.

Global Kids, an award-winning in-school and after-school nonprofit, reaches underserved students and works to develop them as youth leaders for the global stage through a dynamic global education and leadership development program.

The conference will allow the middle and high school students to discuss pending gun legislation and sign petitions of support. They will also discuss anti-bullying efforts and learn about film and international peacebuilding from journalist and filmmaker Jon Alpert.

WHAT: Global Kids Annual Youth Conference
"Build a Global Alliance Against Violence"
WHERE: Baruch College
Mason Hall
17 Lexington Ave.
WHEN: Fri., April 12
Key speeches and times:
9:00 a.m. Jon Alpert, journalist, documentary filmmaker and DCTV founder
1:00 p.m. Aravella Simotas, New York State Assemblymember

Global Kids—the premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development--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 and on the global stage. Young people examine global issues, make local connections, and create change through peer education, social action, digital media, and service-learning, while receiving intensive support from GK staff.

Reaching over 14,000 youth and educators each year—while groundbreaking online programs reach millions more—Global Kids transforms lives while charting new life journeys. Global Kids operates in-school and out-of-school time programs in New York City and Washington, D.C. public schools and at our headquarters.

Representing the rich diversity of our world, many Global Kids participants, better known as the GK Leaders, attend low performing schools and live in neighborhoods whose ethnic groups are largely underrepresented academically, politically and professionally.

CONTACT: Adam Shapiro 202-427-3603

Source:Global Kids, Inc.