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U.N. Youth Champion and Actress Monique Coleman to Join Global Kids Supporters at Council on Foreign Relations

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The esteemed Council on Foreign Relations on the Upper East Side of Manhattan will soon reverberate with the excitement of youth connecting with international affairs and supporters who want to make it happen.

That's because Thurs., May 9 the Council will host Global Kids (www.globalkids.org) and its 24th Annual Celebration that supports GK's award-winning leadership and global learning programs for underserved youth in New York City and D.C. public schools.

The guest of honor will be Monique Coleman, who is known as Taylor McKessie in Disney's High School Musical franchise. However, her most significant role came when she was appointed the first United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. Coleman initiated a six month global tour that spanned 24 countries. Her aim was to raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing youth and encourage young people to foster progress in their communities.

"I am so proud to support Global Kids as it inspires and educates future leaders; I invite everyone who cares about these issues to join me at the event at the Council in May. It's essential that young people understand the world around them and how their voices matter. I'm very inspired that students in Global Kids reflect the rich diversity of our country," says Coleman.

Global Kids reaches more than 14,000 youth and educators each year while groundbreaking online programs reach millions more. Funds raised by the non-profit at the event will go directly to helping it operate its programs.

Tickets are available for purchase at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=globalkids&id=2.

WHAT: Global Kids 24th Annual Celebration
WHO: Guest of Honor UN Youth Champion Monique Coleman ("Taylor McKessie" from Disney's High School Musical)
Chef Daniel Boulud
Elizabeth de Kergorlay, GK board member
GK board members and supporters
WHEN: Thurs., May 9
6–9 p.m.
WHERE: Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY

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. www.globalkids.org

CONTACT: Adam Shapiro Adam.Shapiro@adampr.tv 202-427-3603

Source:Global Kids, Inc.