Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Back to Brookdale!

Returning to Brookdale hospital this past Saturday, the class sketched their new concepts onto their walls and some even began to paint them! More patients and parents stood in the hallway and watched as everyone worked on their walls. One particular parent stopped by each mural and said "You guys are gooood".

Brookdale changes

After reviewing the work/sketches done for the walls at Brookdale, some issues arose but the class was able to "go back to the drawing board" to create original and unique illustrations. We spent a day back at Parsons and turned out some new and even better resolutions for our concepts. Towards the end of class, we critiqued each others work.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Global Kids Annual Youth Conference on Children's Rights

On Friday, April 9, 2010 Parsons Scholar Jessy Jo Gomez (below, center) was one of three student leaders to emcee the Global Kids’ 21st Annual Youth Conference, entitled “Got To Have My Rights”.

The youth-organized event brought together over 500 diverse youth from over 50 high schools across NYC to learn about and take action on children’s rights.

The event included several exciting guest speakers including actress and activist Rosario Dawson and over 30 workshops developed and facilitated by participating students around topics such as Access to Education, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Labor, Child Soldiers, Human Trafficking, Impact of War on Children, Juvenile Justice, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Standard of Living, and more.

At the event, participating youth also presented a petition urging Congress to ratify the UN Convetion on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Congratulations to Jessy Jo for continuing to display such strong leadership skills. You demonstrate that there’s no need to wait until you’re older to start making important social changes!

For more information on Global Kids (a nonprofit organization in New York City dedicated to educating students in underserved communities about international affairs and civic engagement) and the day’s activities, visit their website here.