I AM PR: Gio Participates In Global Annual Youth Conference! (@ItsGiovannie)
Recording artist Gio, known for her community involvement activities via her “Feed Your Mind Campaign”, participated in the Global Annual Youth Conference on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at Baruch College in New York City. Each year, the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference brings together over 500 young people and 100 educators for a youth-led event that addresses an international issue of importance. The event is organized and carried out by students in GK’s Power of Citizenry Leadership Program (the GK Leaders), who participate in a rigorous training process, select the conference theme, choose the event’s guest speakers, and, working with experts and GK staff members, develop and conduct interactive workshops for their peers on issues related to the conference theme. (Source: Global Source.org)
Recording artist Gio shared: “I had a spectacular day with the students and teachers who participated this year at the Global Kids Annual youth conference ! I met many bright students who were enlightened by the “Feed Your Mind” Program and would like us to bring the program to their school. We donated bookmarks, pens, music CDs, posters and wristbands to students and all other participants of this gathering. We were also able to partner with organizations such as Global Syndicates who are continuously aiding countries like my homeland haiti, to help stop the spread of poverty and hunger. We plan on making the earth more green, help the poor and help our youths prepare their world for a better tomorrow.”
Gio is currently juggling her community involvement activities with her her recording career. She recently released new music to fans available over at http://itsgiovannie.com
Gio has been involved with music as long as she can remember. Her early musical aptitude is not surprising when one considers the musical backgrounds of her family: her father was a producer and sound engineer, and her uncle played the Guitar/Bass and Piano in the Kompa group ZORO. Gio’s musical development is influenced by the music of Haiti, which is a combination of European music derived primarily from the French and by the Spanish-infused influence of Cuba and the bordering Dominican Republic and African migration through slavery. In 2010, after the destructive earthquakes in her home country Haiti, Gio inherited the music studio that her family had been running for years. Gio continued her studies as an undergraduate at Stonybrook University with a degree in Premed and Respiratory Care while beginning to write and produce her own music. Gio wants her music to be heard around the world to promote Haiti. Gio’s music’s universal edge bridges many gaps. It ranges from Neo-Soul, to Jazz, to R&B and Hip-Hop – but there’s no limit to the sounds Gio is bringing forth as she draws inspiration from her life’s lessons and blessings.
About Global Annual Youth Conference
The Annual Youth Conference is also a life-changing event for the youth who attend. Many of them comment that the event is one of the few forums in which youth are trusted with challenging international content and given an opportunity to voice their opinions about critical world issues. As a result, many young people join our programs following the event and many educators request Global Kids services in their schools or refer students to GK’s leadership programs. In recent years, themes have included Global Media and Technology, Children’s Rights, Global Health, Politics, and the Environment, and guest speakers have come from such groups as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. The conference also includes performances by a range of musicians and artists, as well as the young people who participate in Global Kids’ Undesirable Elements theater project.
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