Five lucky Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet renowned business leader Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha, Neb. May 3 as part of GENYOUth Foundation’s AdVenture Capital grant program. Students were selected to attend based on their unique entrepreneurial ideas and “business plans” to give their classmates greater access to healthier food and increased physical activity options in school.
From healthy cooking classes to recreational sports leagues, Student Ambassadors from across the nation submitted innovative and youth-friendly ideas to create a healthier school environment. Each of the five winning students’ schools will receive $4,000 from GENYOUth Foundation to implement their programs.
“Today’s world requires leaders with entrepreneurial spirits who are capable of adapting and taking risks,” said Buffett. “I welcomed the opportunity to play a part in AdVenture Capital, a program that recognizes and rewards students for their ideas and instills in them the confidence to own the process of change to create healthier learning environments.”
National winners and their ideas include:
• Lily Ayotte—Milford, N.H.—7th grade: “What’s Cooking in Titan’s Kitchen?,” a series of after-school healthy cooking classes featuring guest chefs
• Lashon Bonaventure—Bronx, N.Y.—4th grade: “Project Play + Eating Right = A Healthy Me,” a series of workshops for students to learn how to cook and grow organic produce
• Emma Buchanan—Glade Spring, Va.—10th grade: “Healthy Matters: Teaching Wellness for all Generations,” a monthly class featuring health information, healthy family cooking classes and personal fitness guidance
• Kaylene Khosla—Pueblo, Colo.—9th grade: “Play Today. Succeed Tomorrow,” a recreational sports league for elementary students to focus on teamwork, healthy diets, exercise and strategy
• Josh Miller—Maple Grove, Minn.—5th grade: “Motivational Mondays,” a 30-minute weekly exercise program
During their meeting with Buffett, students shared their ideas to improve school wellness and received feedback and advice from the business magnate. Following Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, students will go on to lead their programs in school with guidance from an “Inspiration Panel” of young innovators in education, technology, and social media.
Congratulations to these outstanding students! For more information on this event, click here.