by Mary Sharmaine
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –- Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, visited Curtis High School to speak to students about international relations on Friday morning.
Those students who are part of Global Kids Inc., a non-profit educational organization for global learning, led the question-and-answer session with Ms. Power.
“The future depends on this generation, and we’ve got a lot of young people with a huge amount of energy who want to help their communities, who want to go forward and make a difference,” said Ms. Power. “I hope that our conversation today lights a flame so that they go forth and solve the problems in our world.”
Many Curtis High School families are from West Africa, so students maintain a close relationship with their families abroad, keep up-to-date with international issues and events, and follow how these events affect the West African region.
“For a lot of students at our school, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Patrick Newman, Global Kids leader and a senior at Curtis High School. “To be exposed to such an influential individual helps us realize that we can make a change in the world.”
Hundreds of students and faculty members attended the discussion.
“We are thrilled and honored that Ambassador Power spoke to our students at Curtis High School,” said Evie Hantzopoulos, executive director of Global Kids. “Global Kids introduces students from underserved areas all over New York City and Washington, D.C., to foreign policy and human rights issues, and her visit was an incredible opportunity for our youth to gain knowledge and perspective from one of the world’s leading voices in international relations.”