HYPE Philly

The Food Trust works with thousands of students across Philadelphia to support and engage youth in becoming leaders for healthy change in their schools and communities. The HYPE campaign (which stands for “Healthy You. Positive Energy.”) supports youth councils in approximately 70 middle and high schools, all working to get their schools HYPE by improving access to healthy foods, decreasing the availability of unhealthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. The HYPE program is a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Get Healthy Philly initiative and is funded by the Aetna Foundation, Scholler Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline. 

Youth councils plan and implement a range of healthy activities including fitness clubs, movement breaks, healthy fundraisers, school gardens and healthy pledge events, all with the goal of encouraging their peers to be more active and make healthier food choices. The Food Trust also works with youth councils to encourage students to choose healthier snacks and helps to connect schools to funding and resources to support their initiatives.

As a part of the HYPE campaign, youth councils have the opportunity to attend the annual "Youth for Healthy Change" leadership summit. Students meet peers from other schools, participate in leadership development activities and create healthy action plans. Students are energized and engaged through music and dance to become HYPE leaders in their schools and participate in workshops to identify goals and steps to make their school environments healthier.

The HYPE program was awarded Honorable Mention from Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge, recognizing the program’s efforts to promote youth wellness activities.

The Food Trust's 2016 high school HYPE summit was held at Temple University in partnership with Get Healthy Philly. Sterlen Barr and his dance crew Special EFX put on a fun, high-energy performance that got the whole room, both students and staff, engaged and moving. 

Participating HYPE Schools

Elementary/Middle Schools

Adaire, Arthur, Bache Martin, Bethune, Blankenburg, Bregy, Carnell, Childs, Comly, Cramp, Cook-Wissahickon, Disston, Duckrey, Ethan Allen, Fell, Finletter, Fitler, Friere Middle School Charter, Global Leadership Academy, HA Brown, Jackson, Jenks, Kelley, Lingelbach, Longstreth, Masterman, Mayfair, McCall, McKinley, Meehan, Mifflin, Moore, Morris, Munoz Marin, Sharswood, Solis Cohen, Southwest Leadership Academy, Spruance, Sullivan, Taggart, Tilden, Vare-Washington, Welsh, Willard, Wister and Zeigler

High Schools

CAPA, Central, Dobbins, Edison, Franklin Learning Center, Girls High, Kensington CAPA, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Masterman, Northeast, Parkway Center City, Randolph, Robeson, Roxborough, U School, Saul and Science Leadership Academy


Building the Movement: How Organizations Can Work Together to Empower Youth as Leaders for Healthy Change

This toolkit was created to assist youth-serving organizations—and the youth themselves—in developing or expanding programming through collaboration. Through five key sections—Getting Started, Doing the Work, Telling Your Story, Measuring Success and Sustaining the Work—this toolkit walks organizations through the process of building a collaborative project like Get HYPE Philly!. For more information, please email contact@thefoodtrust.org.

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The Food Trust has created HYPE (Healthy You. Positive Energy.),
a youth wellness initiative that empowers middle and high school
students to become leaders for healthy change in their schools and communities. Utilizing hip-hop, social marketing and special events, HYPE conveys the importance of being healthy in a fresh and relevant way.

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HYPE Youth Leadership Guide

This guide supports HYPE youth leaders in initiating healthy change in their schools and communities. It provides tools for assessing the current health culture as well as ideas and tips on how to launch a HYPE campaign that engages peers and families. 

Download the guide to learn how to start building a team, tackle different health issues, set goals and more!


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For information about sponsoring HYPE, please email .

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