NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lead2Feed welcomes teachers and students back to school as the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program kicks off its sixth year. The program offers students the opportunity to lead, create and implement team projects that support community needs. This year, thousands of middle and high school students from over 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states will participate. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak, and developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation.
A recent Lead2Feed survey found that Americans view leadership skills as a vital aspect of students’ education with 91 percent saying that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum. Lead2Feed’s free program helps fill a gap in middle and high school education by providing innovative leadership lessons to students. Skills that are taught as part of the Lead2Feed program help students think beyond the classroom to serve their communities. Since the program’s inception in 2012, more than one million students have demonstrated their leadership skills by creating projects and volunteering time and resources to address community and global needs.
“Lead2Feed inspires and teaches middle and high school students the process of leadership and how to support their community. Year after year, we see Lead2Feed students around the country create and execute projects that put their leadership learnings to use and serve their communities,” said David Novak. “Through the Lead2Feed program, we are creating compassionate leaders for tomorrow.”
The Lead2Feed lessons, which are compatible with 21st Century Skills and the Common Core, will now include new alignment documents to satisfy Literacy Standards and Project Based Learning Standards. This year, Lead2Feed will also offer new digital student lessons that teachers can import into their school’s e-portal for use in a digital environment.
Teachers and advisors can register their student teams for the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online at www.lead2feed.org. By working through the Lead2Feed lessons, students will select a community needs project, partner with a non-profit 501c3 and compete for a chance to win up to $10,000 in charity grants and technology for their school or club.
“There is a dual benefit to empowering young minds through leadership while simultaneously helping local communities,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “The Lead2Feed program aligns seamlessly with the current academic curriculum and helps shape our future leaders.”
As a result of active participation in the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program from schools and youth clubs across the United States, the following have earned the Lead2Feed Certified School honor in recognition for their inspiring community service work and impressive demonstrations of leadership:
- Atlanta High School (Atlanta, LA)
- Bagdad Unified School District (Bagdad, AZ)
- Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, La Quinta unit (La Quinta, CA)
- Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (Chicago, IL)
- Churchill County High School (Fallon, NV)
- Coral Gables Preparatory Academy (Coral Gables, FL)
- Design and Architecture Senior High (Miami, FL)
- East Central High School (St. Leon, IN)
- Eisenhower High School (Lawton, OK)
- Flagami Elementary School (Miami, FL)
- Fredonia High School (Fredonia, KS)
- George Washington High School (Chicago, IL)
- Glasgow High School (Newark, DE)
- Grand Rapids Christian Middle School (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Grassfield High School (Chesapeake, VA)
- Jay M. Robinson Middle School (Charlotte, NC)
- Hidden Valley High School (Grants Pass, OR)
- Kate Duncan Smith DAR High School (Grant, AL)
- Menchville High School (Newport News, VA)
- Mercy Academy (Louisville, KY)
- Moody Middle School (Henrico, VA)
- Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, AZ)
- Odessa High School (Odessa, WA)
- Port Chester Middle School (Port Chester, NY)
- Raytown High School (Raytown, MO)
- Seneca High School (Louisville, KY)
- Spring Lake Park High School (Spring Lake Park, MN)
- Stockbridge High School (Stockbridge, GA)
- The Harbour School, Baltimore (Owings Mills, MD)
- The Phoenix School of Discovery (Louisville, KY)
- The Walter Damrosch School (Bronx, NY)
- Winton Woods Middle School (Cincinnati, OH)
To qualify to be a Lead2Feed Certified School, schools and youth clubs must participate in Lead2Feed for two or more years with a minimum of two teachers registered. Schools and youth clubs must also actively participate by completing and submitting a leadership project, and acquire a signed confirmation from the principal or youth director.
To watch the action, get involved and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:
- Web: https://www.lead2feed.org
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- Teachers share their passion: https://www.lead2feed.org/testimonials/
Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge are available at: https://www.lead2feed.org/how-to-participate/project-submission-rules/
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service project around a community need involving a public nonprofit 501c3.
About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning
The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501c3 organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. FILL is a supporting foundation to the International Literacy Association. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that promotes literacy and learning.
About Lift a Life Foundation
The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,500 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories. A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition. David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.