We are so excited for the seven extraordinary Fuel Up to Play 60 students who were selected as winners in the second round of the GENYOUth’s AdVenture Capital contest! Each winner will receive funding to bring their “big idea” to life and create sustainable health/wellness changes in their school. In addition to funding, the winners also get to take part in the “Carla Hall Experience” where they will travel to New York City, workshop their idea with an “Inspiration Panel” of young leaders, collaborate with each other, then visit the set and watch a taping of celebrity Chef Carla Hall’s TV show The Chew. After that, the students will head to Washington, D.C. and spend the night at Carla’s house to learn more about healthy eating and running their own business (like Carla’s cookie company, Alchemy)!
Meet the Winners:
Shauna G. – 8th Grade, Illinois
Shauna submitted the idea “The Husky Greenhouse.” In an effort to get students excited about making healthy choices, Shauna proposed working with her entire school to construct a greenhouse and garden to grow fruits and vegetables chosen by the students themselves. Shauna is a National Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60 and is extremely responsible, organized, and passionate about her work. She has volunteered with a nonprofit called “Feed My Starving Children” which fueled her desire to work with those less fortunate than her. She is fiercely independent, but also enjoys motivating and leading her team to help make positive changes toward healthy eating and physical activity in her school.
Kaitlyn M. – 10th Grade, Indiana
Kaitlyn submitted the idea “Grab n’ Go Breakfast.” At Kaitlyn’s school, she realized that many students were skipping breakfast because they either didn’t have time or didn’t care enough to eat it. Kaitlyn proposed that her school create a social campaign to educate and promote school breakfast in addition to providing breakfast options via a kiosk as soon as students get off of their buses. The kiosk would give students more choices for healthier breakfasts, and provide options for those who don’t have time to come to school early for breakfast. Kaitlyn is an avid baker and an award winning cake decorator. She is a member of FCCLA, BPA, 4-H, and is a self-proclaimed “perfectionist”. She also spends her time volunteering at a nonprofit called “Matthew 25 Ministries”, and has extremely high expectations for herself, and her work.
Christopher N. – 8th Grade, Washington
Christopher submitted the idea “L.S.G. (Lunch, Snacks, Games).” Christopher noticed that many students weren’t being active in the period between lunch and class. He proposed that this period be filled with different organized physical activities themed to different days of the week, while also using the time to provide healthy snack options for students via a healthy food bar. Christopher is President of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Club at his school, and Vice-President of his entire school. He has extensive leadership experience, and loves to run Cross Country.
Jennica N. – 9th Grade, Pennsylvania
Jennica submitted the idea “Breakfast Makeover.” In an effort to get more appealing and healthy choices for breakfast in her school, Jennica proposed creating a “breakfast bar” where students could build their own breakfasts from a variety of healthy options. Students will be able to take their custom made breakfasts to go, so they can have breakfast even if they are late. Jennica is an extremely positive and artistic person who believes that being yourself is the thing that matters most. She prides herself on being a strong support for her friends, and loves to work with a team. In fact, Jennica submitted the idea along with her Wellness Team, and because she generated the idea, she will lead the team in bringing her project to life. She will also assign roles to the most qualified people on her team to help her execute different facets of her project.
Anisha P. – 7th Grade, New Jersey
Anisha submitted the idea “Quibbletown’s Family Fitness Trail.” As an athlete, Anisha recognized the issue of inactivity in her school as well as surrounding community, and proposed using the funds to build a fitness trail that is accessible to her school and people in her community. The fitness trail will have 5 exercise stations to help motivate students and community members to stay active along the way. Anisha plays soccer and dances, is incredibly organized, and sets high goals for herself. She was always interested in music and art but didn’t have the time for lessons with her athletic and academic schedule, so she used her spare time to teach herself how to play both piano and guitar.
Natalie R. – 5th Grade, Massachusetts
Natalie submitted the idea “One For All.” Natalie observed many students weren’t active during recess since a program called “Playworks” left her school. Natalie proposed purchasing new play equipment in addition to creating a program where students get a new activity each week (i.e. soccer tournament, four-square contest, etc.). Each week, winning teams will be recognized in a common area to encourage more to participate. Natalie’s idea was built around the concept of getting more students to interact with one another and form a bond while participating on teams together. Her belief is that strong social skills will help you in school and as you grow. Natalie is an active member of Girl Scouts and loves to lead and help others. She also started a “healthy cooking night” with her friends where they work together to make nutritious recipes they can all try and enjoy.
Robbie S. – 7th Grade, Arkansas
Robbie submitted the idea “Family Wellness Night.” Robbie noticed the lunches that many of his classmates were bringing to school weren’t very healthy, and realized that the problem wasn’t educating just the students, but families as well. He proposed creating special nights were families can take healthy cooking classes, and younger students can participate in physical activities at the same time. Robbie is a National Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60. At one time Robbie had difficulty participating in sports due to his asthma, but he pushed himself to realize that it wasn’t always about winning, but about doing the best he could. Because of his personal story, Robbie loves to encourage others to keep going and reach their full potential, even if they aren’t sure they’re good enough.
About AdVenture Capital:
Adventure Capital is an innovative program created to inspire, empower and fund youth-driven initiatives that improve nutrition, physical activity, and student achievement in schools. AdVenture Capital gives students the opportunity to “pitch” their ideas to business and health and wellness leaders for potential funding and implementation, and develop life-long skills that will help them act as leaders in their schools and communities. AdVenture Capital also encourages collaboration among students to encourage the social aspect of entrepreneurship, giving them the unique experience of interacting with students from across the country.
To learn more about AdVenture Capital, visit the GENYOUth Foundation’s website.