The following are highlights from The CityKids Foundation’s past 30 years.
“CityKids Speak on Liberty” One of The CityKids’ foundation’s first collaborations with iconic artist, and social activist, Keith Haring (Designer of CityKid’s logo) resulted in a 10ft high banner depicting The Statue of Liberty for her bicentennial celebration. “CityKids Speak on Liberty” involved 1,000 diverse young people in a three day creative event at the Jacob Javits Center. The banner was originally unveiled on the Fourth of July in Battery Park City, and has gone on to travel worldwide ( Milan, and Paris).
“CityKids Speak on Growth” with painter Kenny Scharf, an outdoor mural displayed in Union Square Park. This painting was also a collaboration with young people and the artist.
“A Positive Thought Cannot be Denied”. Twelve 8×4 ft panels created with contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. Each panel addresses issues in education, the environment, teen violence, and social injustice.
“What’ cha Gonna Do About Hate?” Former vice president of CityKids Malik Yoba, inspired by a bias crime against young kids in the Bronx, helped lead the creation of this music video challenging racism. Distributed by Simon & Schuster
“Master your Future”. A video created in association with Mastercard International, teaching young people the value of financial responsibility.
“Kayla’s Story”. A one-act play exploring teen pregnancy created with support from the MCJ Foundation. The play was toured throughout schools, accompanied with youth led workshops, and a film short was created based on the live performance.
CityKids worked with Nickelodeon on both an anti-bullying campaign “Release the Peace”, and PSAs encouraging kids with ways they can volunteer to help others through their “Big Help” campaign.
CityKids collaborated Jim Henson productions on a self-titled television series that was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for it’s pilot episode exploring race and identity. CityKids were not only cast as performers in the series, but worked as creative assistants, and as part of the production staff.
“Conquer All” an award winning film short presented at the Tribeca Film Festival, exploring topics of body image, gang violence, and homelessness.
“CityKids All Star Celebration” hosted by former national spokesperson Demi Moore, CityKids marked their tenth anniversary on ABC television, featuring celebrity supporters such as Paula Abdul, Brandy, Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Smits, and Michael Bolton as guests.
Michael Bolton was instrumental in spearheading a new chapter of CityKids in New Haven, CT. Along with CityKids New Haven, there have been CityKids chapters in Los Angeles, and Newark New Jersey.
“National Children’s Day: A Celebration of Programs That Work” CityKids members participated as youth ambassadors in events in D.C., hosted by honorary chairperson Cissy Houston and Whitney Houston
“The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future”. CityKids perform at this conference in Philadelphia. PresidentsFord, Carter, Bush, and Clinton, joined by First Lady Nancy Reagan representing her husband, and event chairman Colin Powell use this conference to ask the nation to make supporting youth a top priority. CityKids also participate in a reimagining of the constitution focusing on the concerns of young people.
CityKids volunteered to help residents of Staten Island effected by hurricane Sandy rebuild their community, joining Deloitte for their annual “Impact Day.”
President Bill Clinton’s 50th Birthday Celebration at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall
CityKid’s perform live for Nickelodeon’s The Big Help campaign
“CityKids Speak on Growth” with artist Kenny Scharf
“She’s Not A Planet, She is One of Us” with artist Shepard Fairey