KidSpirit, the only youth-led platform for building community through life’s big questions, celebrates the global youth voices that contribute to its online magazine and community. The organization will present awards to its teen contributors on November 4th in New York City, at a benefit dinner also honoring Craig Hatkoff, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Disruptor Foundation, and Rick Segal, Chairman and CEO of Seavest Investment Group.
KidSpirit is a nonprofit magazine and community by and for youth to engage each other about meaningful topics in an inclusive spirit. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding among teenagers of all traditions and backgrounds and support their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding. Through a unique collaborative editing process, an international network of editors work together to decide on quarterly themes and create thought-provoking articles, poetry, art, and video on spiritual, ethical, and philosophical topics. With Editorial Boards from Navajoland to New York, from Haiti to China, KidSpirit empowers teens to share their voices in conversations that rarely include a crucial youth perspective.
One youth editor reflects, “Because of KidSpirit, I’ve become far more interested in exploring difference and innovative ideas, and creating dialogues that bridge lines that divide us.”
Each year, the youth that make up the KidSpirit community vote for the works that they feel most represent the mission of KidSpirit. The event on November 4th will bring together friends of the organization, young participants, and alumni to celebrate those that have been selected by their peers. It will also honor two exemplary individuals whose leadership empowers the next generation.
In addition to co-founding the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 and the Disruptor Foundation in 2009, Mr. Hatkoff is the Chief Curator of the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications LLC. He has co-authored with his daughters a series of best-selling children’s books including the New York Times #1 best-seller Owen & Mzee. Mr. Hatkoff serves or has served on the boards of Tribeca Film Institute, the Child Mind Institute, the Wild Bird Fund, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation. At Seavest Investment Group, Mr. Segal is also CEO of ReThink.VC and Managing Partner of ReThink Education. He is deeply committed to creating better communities through his philanthropic engagements, which are primarily focused on health, education, and providing opportunities for low-income children and the arts. Mr. Segal is a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of Art, sits on the boards of the New York Academy of Art, New-YorkPresbyterian Hospital, and the Africa Center, and serves as President of the A. L. Mailman Family Foundation.
Youth editors from KidSpirit’s global network, along with Mr. Hatkoff and Mr. Segal, will make remarks at the dinner. The event will also feature the release of a print anthology, The Best of KidSpirit, Volume VI, which includes Award-winning, inspiring youth writing, poetry, and artwork.
For more information about the 2019 KidSpirit Awards, or to request interviews, please contact Justine Woods, Operations Associate, at [email protected].