Southern California Fundraising Campaigns

August 16, 2018

Kid Power

The 21st century challenges we face demand 21st century solutions from a new generation of active global citizens. By getting active with UNICF Kid Power, kids unlock therapeutic food that UNICEF delivers to severely malnourished children. The more kids move, the more lives they save. By participating in hands-on Kid Power experiences, kids learn about the world around them and realize they have the power to make a difference.

UNICEF Kid Power has been named a TIME Magazine Best Invention for creating a tech-enabled program uniquely designed to increase kids’ activity while empowering them to make real-world impact. Since launching in Los Angeles four years ago, UNICEF Kid Power has:

  • Reached 9,496 students 
  • Served 185 schools in underserved communities
  • Delivered 124,876 packets of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food
  • Saved the lives of 832 severely malnourished children

How it Works

1. Kids Move and Save Lives. With free UNICEF Kid Power Ups, kids can unlock lifesaving therapeutic food packets by dancing and moving to short, interactive videos. When kids wear the Kid Power Band, they can unlock even more lifesaving nutrition with every step they take.

2. Kids Learn 21st Century Skills. With UNICEF Kid Power missions, kids learn about the world around them while developing 21st century skills and social-emotional connections through goal-oriented activities and lessons.

3. Kids Earn and Give Back. When kids complete Kid Power projects as a team, they earn points to use in the Kid Power Exchange. From supporting a local food bank to planting trees, the Kid Power Exchange offers a number of ways for kids to make a bigger impact, right in their backyard.

Click here to visit the UNICEF Kid Power website to learn more!

 

Children with Disabilities 

Together with her daughter, Lucy, Southern California Regional Board Member Jamie Meyer is forwarding UNICEF’s very important agenda of ensuring the rights of children with disabilities. Lucy has cerebral palsy and is fortunate to have many resources and opportunities that other children with disabilities often do not have, especially in the developing world.  

Far too often, children with disabilities are among the last in line for resources and services, especially where these are scarce to begin with. UNICEF estimates that there are 93 million children who have disabilities but it’s hard for even UNICEF to know because these children are hidden away. They often are cut off from the health and education services they deserve. Even worse, children with disabilities are three or four times more likely to be abused or taken advantage.

In times of significant events, such as the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, children with disabilities are often ignored. UNICEF believes that all kids have the right to play sports. For this reason, UNICEF started REJUPE, a program that engages 660 Brazilian teenagers, many of whom have disabilities, working together to prepare recommendations for the government on sports policies for all youth. REJUPE develops leadership skills in teenagers so they can help make their schools and their communities better for all children, including children with disabilities.

Your support of Jamie and Lucy’s regional effort to raise money for children with disabilities will make sure that even after the World Cup ends, Brazil will remain a safe and inclusive place for youth sports.