Hilton Worldwide Partners with Global Kids

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Hilton Worldwide Partners with Global Kids

Nonprofit provides global learning and development opportunities for underserved youth; participants achieve 90% high school graduation rate
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 4:55pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) McLean, VA – February 28, 2012In recognition of Corporate Philanthropy Day, Hilton Worldwide is expanding its commitment to education and creating opportunities for young people by announcing a new partnership with Global Kids, a nonprofit which provides global learning, intercultural understanding and development for underserved youth in urban communities.

Initial partnership activities will support the Washington, D.C. initiative, which is approaching its second anniversary and currently serves more than 60 youth from Columbia Heights Educational Campus and Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School in weekly programs and hundreds more through special trainings and peer education. By summer, the program will expand to include The Academies at Anacostia and Maya Angelou Public Charter School (MAPCS), Evans High School. Hilton Worldwide team members will volunteer through career mentoring and service learning projects with the students throughout the community.  

“As a global hospitality leader that is committed to creating opportunities for youth and supporting communities where we operate, we applaud Global Kids for their continued focus to educate youth and increase their awareness of global issues, policy and travel,” said Jennifer Silberman, vice president, corporate responsibility, Hilton Worldwide. “We’re excited to be a part of an organization that has been so successful in transforming young lives by bringing the power of diversity in the larger world into the classroom.”

For more than 20 years, Global Kids has reached underserved students in New York City; participants regularly experience a 90 percent high school graduation rate with close to 90 percent of participants attending college, many earning scholarships and financial support. And, the recently launched Washington, D.C. program is producing similar results to date.

Last summer, fifteen students in the D.C. program participated in the Global Gateways Institute, supported by Hilton Worldwide, spending three weeks studying foreign policy then journeying to Brazil for a first-hand experience. Upon their return, the students met and shared their experiences with members of Congress during International Education Week.

“Our vision is to create an ever-growing network of young people from diverse backgrounds who attain leadership on all levels of society and enter fields of international affairs and public policy,” said Evie Hantzopoulos, executive director, Global Kids.

Travel with Purpose is Hilton Worldwide’s global commitment to operate in a responsible manner focusing on four core areas – living sustainably, strengthening communities, creating opportunities and celebrating cultures.

For more information on Global Kids, visit www.globalkids.org. For more information on Hilton Worldwide, visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/.

About Global Kids

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.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.


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CONTENT: Press Release