What We Do: Youth Leadership

Empowering youth to be leaders of healthy change

The Food Trust Solution

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 100 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.

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.



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The Food Trust created this guide to support HYPE leaders in getting
HYPE started in their schools so the students can start thinking critically
about their environment, develop leadership skills that will last a
lifetime, and find fun, engaging ways to get their schools, families,
and communities to live healthy and get HYPE!

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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.


For more information, contact YouthLeadership@thefoodtrust.org

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