Today, over 170,000 students in 1,600 cities and towns across 49 states launched their UNICEF Kid Power Team journey! This journey will take students (grades 3rd through 8th) in almost 3,400 schools on a path that will have them learning about global citizenship, getting active and saving lives. We call this a triple win for many reasons.

  • Students are inspired to help other children while doing something that is healthy for them and helps save the life of another child.
  • Children learn important lessons about what it means to be a global citizen that can help them become more empowered and active adults.
  • Children who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition receive lifesaving food packets that give them the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Even though it is only the first day of our 3-month Spring program, we are already seeing and hearing from teachers about the powerful impact UNICEF Kid Power is having on their students.

“My students are so excited and they’re telling everyone about how they are saving lives! Thank you for helping get the Global Awareness piece of the teacher evaluation checked off in a meaningful way!” – posted on Facebook

In the above photo, Ms. Clark in North Carolina shared how her “Owlstars” started a running club at recess in order to earn more points so they could save the lives of more children.

We also heard from a local teacher in New York that she has never seen such enthusiasm and motivation from her young students—they simply don’t want to sit still, and want to move around as much as possible. They are realizing their steps have both meaning and purpose.

We have done quite a few happy dances as we’ve geared up for this launch. We are thrilled to have so many eager and dedicated Kid Power team members. If you want to hear or see more of these real-life stories about students involved in our program, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.