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What is the UNICEF Kid Power School Program?

UNICEF Kid Power is a teacher-led classroom experience that leverages easy-to-use technology and standards-aligned curriculum. The technology includes UNICEF Kid Power Bands for students and a classroom tablet to sync Bands and track progress. The Kid Power curriculum is designed as "missions" to get students active and inspired while they learn about different cultures and UNICEF's work to help children everywhere survive and thrive.

By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save.

UNICEF Kid Power is a program of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Star Wars: Force for Change and Target, as well as local supporters, parents and fans.

What impact has the UNICEF Kid Power School Program had to date?

To date, more than 80,000 kids have joined the UNICEF Kid Power Team through the school program.

In October 2014, after several classroom pilots, UNICEF Kid Power was introduced to schools across the city of Sacramento, and over 800 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were able to experience the power of getting active and saving lives.

In March 2015, more than 11,300 kids in Boston, Dallas and New York joined the UNICEF Kid Power Team. Their collective physical activity was equivalent to walking around the world more than 23 times. These kids earned enough Kid Power Points to unlock 188,850 therapeutic food packets, enough for 1,259 full courses of lifesaving treatments.

During spring 2016, the UNICEF Kid Power Team expanded to include more than 68,000 students in over 2,600 classrooms across 13 Kid Power Cities. Over 5 million Kid Power Points were earned, unlocking approximately 385,000 therapeutic food packets, enough for 34,000 full courses of lifesaving treatments.

During the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 170,000 additional students in more than 3,300 schools and across 49 states (and Washington, D.C.) will participate in the UNICEF Kid Power school program.

Every 150 therapeutic food packets unlocked through the points earned by UNICEF Kid Power Team member’s results in a full course of lifesaving treatment for a severely malnourished child.

With UNICEF Kid Power, the more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save. Engaged Kid Power students have been shown to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) 44% more days than their peers. An independent evaluation of UNICEF Kid Power in Sacramento schools found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers not participating.

How can classrooms participate in UNICEF Kid Power? What does it cost?

Teachers can apply to participate in UNICEF Kid Power. The philanthropically funded program is fully-funded and open to classrooms in grades 3 to 5, with some availability for classrooms in grades 6 to 8.

The online application for the philanthropically-funded program closed on December 7, 2016. To be the first to hear updates for next school year and to learn about ways to get involved during Kid Power Month in May 2017, please sign up for updates by filling out the form on the bottom of this page.

Teachers interested in participating with UNICEF Kid Power who did not meet our eligibility criteria or missed the application deadlines can still participate with UNICEF Kid Power by purchasing their own Kid Power classroom kit while supplies last or until February 20, 2017 at the Scholastic Teacher Store.

What are the UNICEF Kid Power school program offerings for the 2016-2017 school year?

During the 2016-2017 school year, UNICEF Kid Power's school program offerings include:

  • a full-year program with 80 participating teams
  • a half-year program with 50 participating teams
  • a philanthropically-funded program with more than 3,400 participating teams

Teachers interested in participating with UNICEF Kid Power who did not meet our eligibility criteria or missed the application deadlines for the above programs can still participate with UNICEF Kid Power by purchasing their own Kid Power classroom kit at the Scholastic Teacher Store. Teachers who purchase kits before February 20, 2017 will be able to participate with the Spring program beginning in March through May 2017.

Additionally, all teachers, students and schools across the nation will be able to join UNICEF Kid Power during Kid Power Month in May 2017.

What are the benefits of participating in UNICEF Kid Power?

Active students are better learners. An independent evaluation of UNICEF Kid Power in Sacramento schools found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers not participating. Students who engage with Kid Power have also been shown to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) 44% more days than their peers.

UNICEF Kid Power brings innovative, easy-to-use technology into the classroom, inspiring students to learn about malnutrition, get more active and help their peers around the world. 95% of teachers who have participated in UNICEF Kid Power would recommend the program to their peers!

What is Kid Power Month?

People everywhere are joining the Kid Power Team, working together to help end global malnutrition. In May 2017, students, educators, families and supporters will come together to celebrate Kid Power Month, a grassroots movment designed to celebrate impact while creating awareness of Kid Power and our collective effort to fight against global malnutrition. For schools and educators, this is the perfect opportunties to turn annual field days and end of year activities into Kid Power Days to generate excitement and drive mass engagement!

Can students continue to participate in Kid Power after the school year is over?

Yes! On June 1, 2017, student participants in the 2016-2017 programs will 'graduate' to the family app experience. More details will be shared with program participants during their activation.

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What are the 2016-2017 program activation dates?

The Let's Move! Active Schools full year program began on October 3, 2016 and will continue until May 31, 2017. The Let's Move! Active Schools half year program dates are from January 23, 2016 until May 31, 2017.

Classrooms participating in the Spring program, including both philanthropically-funded classrooms and classrooms that purchased their own kit, will begin on March 1, 2017 until May 31, 2017.

All participants will continue through Kid Power Month in May 2017. On June 1, 2017, all Kid Power school participants will 'graduate' to use their Kid Power Bands with our Kid Power family app. For more information about the Kid Power family app and experience, please visit unicefkidpower.org.

What are the eligibility requirements of the philanthropically funded program?

Selection of classrooms is in the sole discretion of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, based on the following guidelines:

  • Priority given to classes in third, fourth and fifth grade.
  • Some availability for classrooms in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.
  • Preference given to teachers at schools with at least 75% of students eligible for free or reduced meals.
  • Added consideration will be given to classrooms part of schools enrolled in Let’s Move! Active Schools and have a completed assessment.

UNICEF Kid Power is open to classrooms across the United States.

The application for UNICEF Kid Power’s philanthropically funded program closed on December 7, 2016. To receive updates about application and program dates for the 2017-2018 school year, please sign up for updates by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

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What materials are provided in the UNICEF Kid Power Classroom Kit?

The UNICEF Kid Power classroom kit comes with everything you need to lead your students in Kid Power. This includes:

  • Kid Power Bands - one for each student, plus a couple extra
  • LTE-enabled classroom tablet - equipped with a data plan for the duration of your team's participation
  • Tablet stand - display the tablet on this stand to create a Kid Power Kiosk, a hub for all of the team’s activity
  • Power strip - providing extra outlets for Kid Power hardware
  • USB charging bricks - with enough ports to charge an entire teams’ Kid Power Bands at once
  • Kid Power passports and stickers - a fun way for students to prepare for missions and document their 'travels' around the world!

What materials do schools, classrooms or parents need to provide?

Absolutely nothing, except kids ready to get active and save lives!

What are the expectations of a teacher participating in UNICEF Kid Power?

Classroom teachers serve as the UNICEF Kid Power Coach to your team of students! In this role, you will lead and encourage your team to help end global malnutrition by getting active and saving lives. UNICEF Kid Power’s technology is designed to be plug-and-play, and the program adaptable to each teacher’s unique needs.

Specifically, your job is to:

  • Make sure your team is registered and ready to go by the program activation date
  • Lead your team on missions to learn about new cultures with the UNICEF Kid Power curriculum
  • Remind your kids to wear their Kid Power Bands, get active and to sync regularly with the UNICEF Kid Power Schools app
  • Join us in the celebration and high fives during UNICEF Kid Power Month this May

What ongoing resources and support are provided to participating teachers?

Teachers will have access to Kid Power getting started and curricular resources. These include:

  • Welcome material
  • Tablet setup instructions and tips
  • A collection of curriculum, media and supporting materials. These interdisciplinary "missions" are standards-aligned and include kinesthetic learning and multicultural games to get your students learning and earning Kid Power Points!
  • Access to our Kid Power Support Team, who are always just an e-mail away!

What are the expectations of parents or guardians of Kid Power Kids?

We hope parents will encourage their kid to get active and wear their UNICEF Kid Power Band. We provide additional resources for families that want to continue the conversations around global citizenship at home. Parents will be briefed on their child’s participation with a parent letter sent home by teachers.

What is a UNICEF Kid Power mission?

Teachers lead their teams (classes) on missions by completing lessons and activities, where students learn about children and cultures around the world, and UNICEF's work to help children everywhere survive and thrive. These materials are standards aligned, helping teachers reach classroom goals through their participation in UNICEF Kid Power.

Within each mission, teachers will find video and multimedia resources, learn-and-earn kinethetic activities, multicultural games, and standards-aligned lessons. Each mission is designed to last about a month, with 30 to 60 minutes of lessons and activities per week, and can be done in any order.

Designed with flexibility in mind, teachers can also filter missions by activity type. For example, PE teachers are able to quickly and easily sort through the multicultural games to determine which one is best for their class that day!

Will UNICEF Kid Power collect student information or data? How is UNICEF Kid Power compliant with regulations around children and internet safety?

UNICEF Kid Power is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection App (COPPA). No personally identifiable information is collected from children under 13 years of age, and children can use the classroom app without adult supervision. All data on physical activity syncs to the app anonymously. Children’s Kid Power Bands are registered with their first name or a nickname, so the data we receive does not include any personal information. UNICEF Kid Power’s classroom technology is compliant with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Specifically, UNICEF Kid Power in class technology comes with securities in place to prohibit students from accessing browsers, non approved apps, or any other online content. All data on student physical activity is gathered and viewed in the aggregate, creating compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Our classroom resources include information letters for parents explaining the UNICEF Kid Power program and the UNICEF Kid Power band’s functionality. For more information, please see our privacy policy.

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Who is responsible for UNICEF Kid Power?

UNICEF Kid Power is a program of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors ​​Star Wars: Force for Change and Target, as well as local supporters, parents and fans.

For more than sixty years, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has put children first, engaging kids in the U.S. to help kids around the world by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Built for a new generation of global citizens, UNICEF Kid Power uses the world’s first Wearable-for-Good® to get kids moving by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers.

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first and help save and protect the world's most vulnerable children, providing them with immunizations, education, medicine, emergency relief and clean water. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

What does the partnership between UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools consist of?

UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools have partnered to bring the UNICEF Kid Power school program to schools and students across the country in the 2016-2017 school year.

UNICEF Kid Power joins 34 other leading health, education and private sector organizations as part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools national collaborative. UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools will work together to help schools create Active School environments that provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Approximately 70 classrooms, reaching 2000 students, were selected to participate in the Let's Move! Active Schools full-year program that will begin on October 3, 2017. Participating classrooms will each receive their own classroom kit, including a Kid Power Band for every student, a LTE enabled tablet for the class, online curricular media and materials, and setting up and implementation materials.

Approximately 40 Let's Move! Active Schools classrooms, reaching 1000 students, will join UNICEF Kid Power on January 23, 2016, for a half year program.

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What is the Kid Power Band made of?

The UNICEF Kid Power Band features an electronic module and a wrist strap. The module has an OLED display enclosed in ABS plastic, and the strap is made of TPU plastic.

How often should I charge my Kid Power Band?

We recommend charging your Kid Power Band at least once per week for 1-2 hours. A battery icon will appear on the clock screen when the battery is low.

How do I charge the Kid Power Band?

Charge your Kid Power Band with the included USB adapter.

-Align the prongs on the rectangular end of the USB adapter with the holes in the back side of the Kid Power Band. It will snap into place.
-Insert the USB plug into a USB port to charge. Each classroom kit comes with enough USB ports to charge all classroom Kid Power Bands at once.

How do I turn my Kid Power Band on?

Kid Power Bands are packaged in ‘hibernation’ mode to save battery. Once you charge your Band, it will power on.

Is the Kid Power Band battery operated?

The UNICEF Kid Power Band has a rechargeable battery, and every Band comes with a USB charger.

What screens does the Kid Power Band have?

  • Clock
  • Steps
  • Kid Power Points earned
  • Kid Power user name (or the device ID if the Band is not registered)

What information does the Kid Power Band measure?

The Kid Power Band measures a student's physical activity (steps and movement) using the Band’s pedometer and accelerometer. The Band does not track the student's location, and does not have access to any location data or personal information.

Is the Kid Power Band water-resistant or waterproof?

The Bands are water resistant, so good in the rain or when washing hands. The Band is not waterproof and may not function after extensive exposure to water for long periods of time, like when swimming or showering.

How do I find the registration code on my Kid Power Band?

If the Kid Power Band has not been synced to the app yet, tap on the screen four times to see the Band's device ID. If the Band has already been syned to the app, press the screen with your username for 3 seconds, and then release to see the device ID.

How often does the Kid Power Band refresh steps and points?

The Kid Power Band measures your daily activity and refreshes every day at midnight. This helps students keep track of getting to their daily goal of 5 Kid Power Points.

The Band has a memory of 30 days, so all of your Kid Power Points and steps from the past 30 days are recorded when you sync the Band with the Kid Power School App. We encourage students to sync their Bands at least twice a week for a quick syncing experience.

Where are the buttons?

The Kid Power Band has a touch-sensitive display. There are no physical buttons! Just tap the screen while wearing the Kid Power Band to move between the screens.

What is the UNICEF Kid Power Band?

The UNICEF Kid Power Band is the world’s first WEARABLE-FOR-GOOD®, giving kids the power to get active and save lives. The Band is a durable, child-friendly fitness band. It is part pedometer, part accelerometer, measuring both steps and movement.

The Bands are one-size-fits-all, and come with an adjustable wrist strap that allows for a comfortable, secure fit.

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What is Severe Acute Malnutrition?

Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), the most extreme form of malnutrition, is a life-threatening condition that affects 16 million children worldwide and requires urgent treatment, including therapeutic food packets, programs to manage SAM at the community level, as well as malnutrition prevention programs.

Why is Kid Power focused on ending global malnutrition?

Globally, 16 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition (2015 UNICEF-WHO Joint Estimates). Due to funding, political commitment and capacity challenges in many different country contexts, only 3.21 million children with severe acute malnutrition are reached with lifesaving therapeutic food packets and care (of which UNICEF supports 3.05). UNICEF Kid Power’s immediate focus is to eliminate the funding gap, which is one key factor in preventing the delivery of therapeutic food packets to every child who needs it.

Why is UNICEF Kid Power focused on increasing kids’ physical activity?

In the United States, one in four children are physically inactive, according to Designed to Move’s 2014 report on the state of physical activity. The relatively small number of children who get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity is a major public health concern, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Schools initiative; in the last15 years, walking and biking to school have decreased by at least 50%, and correspondingly children spend a majority of their time participating in sedentary activities.

UNICEF Kid Power increases kids’ physical activity by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers. Kids are empowered to get active knowing that they’re saving lives.

What are therapeutic food packets?

Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food packets (sometimes referred to as RUTF packets or therapeutic food packets) contain a specially-designed protein and vitamin-rich peanut paste, allowing children who are severely malnourished to be treated successfully in their communities. The average course of lifesaving treatment for a severely malnourished child consists of 150 therapeutic food packets over the course of 30 days.

How is a Kid Power Point measured?

By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, the more kids move, the more points they earn. One point is equal to approximately 2,400 steps. UNICEF Kid Power promotes a daily goal of five points, which requires 12,000 steps and is equivalent to the daily activity goal recommended by the National Institutes of Health.

How are Kid Power Points converted to therapeutic food packets?

Kid Power Points earned by getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band will be converted to therapeutic food packets via the App, with funding from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will contribute funds to UNICEF to be used for the purchase and delivery of therapeutic food packets to children in need. Points will be converted to therapeutic food packets for a period of one year from the time of first use of the UNICEF Kid Power App or while funds are available.

How many Kid Power Points does it take to unlock a therapeutic food packet?

10 Kid Power Points unlock one therapeutic food packet.

Where will the packets unlocked with UNICEF Kid Power be delivered?

When students get active and earn points, they are increasing the global supply of therapeutic food by unlocking funds that UNICEF can use to procure and deliver therapeutic food packets to children in need. Countries and communities receiving therapeutic food packets are determined by UNICEF, based on the magnitude and urgency of need for therapeutic food, and local capacity to implement and scale-up programs combating severe acute malnutrition.