About our Schools Program
UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives. 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.
When you join the UNICEF Kid Power Team, the more you move, the more points you earn, the more lives you save.
Kid Power Points Earned*
RUTF Packets Unlocked**
Historical Impact for the School Program (2014 through Spring 2017)
*One point ≈2,400 steps
**10 Kid Power Points unlock one packet of RUTF
UNICEF Kid Power is a teacher-led experience incorporating standards-aligned lessons and activities with the world’s first WEARABLE-FOR-GOOD®. The UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program promotes physical activity and global citizenship. Students go on Missions to complete standards-aligned lessons and activities, where they learn about different cultures and UNICEF’s work to help children everywhere survive and thrive. With every step they take, students get active with the Kid Power Band. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save. Kid Power 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.
2016–2017 School Year
During the 2016–2017 school year 173k students were participating in our free school program through the generous support of Star Wars: Force for Change, Target, Let’s Move! Active Schools and local supports across the country as well as the Netherlands and the UK.
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. in the U.S. — Atlanta, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Twin Cities, Washington DC.These kids earned over 5 million Kid Power Points to unlock approximately 385,000 therapeutic food packets, enough for 2,500 full courses of lifesaving treatments.
Additionally, students in the Netherlands and Scotland joined the UNICEF Kid Power team in the 2015-2016 school year.
Over 11,000 kids in Boston, Dallas and New York City got active during the program’s first Kid Power Month, a 30-day challenge, and unlocked 142,231 therapeutic food packets.
After completing Kid Power Month, over 35% of teachers opted in to continue Kid Power in their classroom through the end of their school year, when students unlocked an additional 43,763 therapeutic food packets.
Over 800 kids in Sacramento CA got active as part of the program’s first city wide pilot, and unlocked 2,856 therapeutic food packets. An independent evaluation of the program found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers who did not participate in Kid Power.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF
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.
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.