Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge Accepts Submissions for Service-learning Projects

Service-learning projects provide an opportunity for participants to integrate academic learning with active participation in organized service to support the community. The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge, created by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, puts the spotlight on middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger issues. “The Lead2Feed curriculum is student-centered and designed to get students to take ownership of their learning. Throughout the ten-lesson, service learning experience, students will increase their knowledge of these leadership skills as they take action to impact the issue of hunger in their local and global communities.”

A team of at least three students and a sponsoring teacher or adult advisor are tasked with creating and executing a service-learning project that attempts to address a local, statewide, or national hunger-related issue; develop an action plan toward the solution; and demonstrates leadership.

First, second, and third place prizes of $25,000, $5,000, and $1,000, will be awarded up to a total of $275,000. To be eligible, entrants must be located in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Guam; be a full-time student in grades 7-12 at a public, private, or charter middle school or high school; and be between the ages of 13 to 18 years old. Each entry must include a written summary or video overview of the project and quantifiable results (i.e., number of meals served, hours of service donated, Facebook “likes,” ect.)

The 2014-15 Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge accepts submissions through April 17, 2015. To view projects from past winners, visit the webpage. See the website to learn more about the project rules and how to submit your project.

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