Champions for Health Youth Summit

Teachers and students from across the metro will come together for “Champions for Health,” KC Healthy Kids’ youth summit.

At this all-day conference, 200 students who entered the Champions for Health Photo Contest will spend the day learning to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more.

We have a great day planned for them, with breakout sessions, inspiring speakers and delicious, healthy food, of course!

March 7, 2019
Champions for Health Youth Summit
Kauffman Foundation Center
4801 Rockhill, KCMO 64105

Emcee: Enrique Chi of Making Movies

Enrique Chi was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six. He’s the leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following, and he’s making a big difference for kids in his community.

In 2011, Enrique and the band, in collaboration with Mattie Rhodes Center, created a week-long music education camp for youth from under-resourced communities. Last year, they launched a new nonprofit, Art as Mentorship, to offer a three-month music education program that focuses on songwriting as a vehicle for self-expression. Throughout the program, students learn from world-class artists, producers and engineers about writing, recording and performing original works.

Energy, mysticism, roots — it’s hard to describe the music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama) — together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers —  results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

Salsa icon Rubén Blades has joined forces with the band to launch “No Te Calles” on January 18. It’s a song and a movement that invites artists and fans to participate on the website NoTeCalles.World. No Te Calles is the first single from the upcoming album by Making Movies, a collaborative “mixtape” the group will release in May 2019. The band has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Jesse & Joy, Flor De Toloache, and Thievery Corporation.

Whether he’s touring the globe or working with youth on smaller stages, Enrique is known for bringing people together and building community.

Lunch & Listen

Elected and appointed officials from the kids’ own communities join them for lunch to hear about the project they’re pitching to make their school or community a healthier place.

Champions for Health Award: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

KC Healthy Kids will present Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art with the 2019 Champions for Health Award. The award was established to recognize an individual or organization that has worked closely with KC Healthy Kids to make Kansas City a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. Over the past year, these two organizations that formed around different missions have united around the shared goal of serving youth and building healthy environments—Kemper Museum through the enrichment provided by experiencing contemporary art, and KC Healthy Kids through advocacy and education for healthy communities.

Lincoln Poets 

Six students from the award-winning poetry slam team from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, will open the Champions for Health youth summit with an energizing introduction to slam poetry.

Slam poetry is spoken aloud and performed without the use of props or music. It’s a powerful form of self expression that allows students to share a story, speak out for change, blow off steam and gain confidence.

America Fontenot, Mylin McDaniel, Marjai Neal, Hilary Pham, Abby Espino Salazar and India Walker will teach students how to create and how to respond to slam poetry. They’ll also ask the audience for prompts, which will they will use to create new works to present during the lunch program.

Now in its sixth year of competition, Lincoln Poets are two-time champs of Louder Than a Bomb, a local youth slam poetry competition sponsored by Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum.

For the past two years, Lincoln Poets has competed in Brave New Voices, an international poetry slam contest. In 2018 in Houston, they made it to the semifinal round and were ranked among the top eight teams.

You can see them in action at the first preliminary round of Louder Than a Bomb KC 2019 on Monday, February 25, 6-7:30 at Rockhurst University. They’ll compete against teams from other area schools and hope to advance to a final competition in Houston, Texas.

Awards Ceremony

Winners will receive $1,000 and honorable mention recipients will receive $100 for health and wellness projects at their school. Winners will compete for an additional $1,500 in a Shark-Tank style pitch contest judged by honorable mention recipients in the audience. Award Recipients


How Will Your Garden Grow?
Students will discover how seeds grow into edible plants, learn how to plant basil (to take home!) and talk about what it takes to start and keep growing a schoolyard garden. The Schoolyard Gardens program of Kansas City Community Gardens supports schools in growing their own vegetable gardens to increase access to healthy food, hands-on learning and community building. They provide schools with new garden site consultations, low costs plants and seeds, free workshops and trainings to teachers and other resources as needed.

Urban Yogis – Transforming Lives
In this session, students will settle in for a series of yoga and mindfulness exercises.In light of current events and the struggles facing youth today, The Kansas City Chiefs and the Urban Yogis have partnered to teach kids how to respond rather than react to the stresses in their lives. The Urban Yogis Health and Wellness program is a comprehensive curriculum based on yoga exercises, mindfulness practices and character development. This unique program has shown overwhelmingly positive results for more than 60,000 PK-12 students. 

Fuel Up to Play 60!
Students will hear from Fuel Up to Play 60! student leaders and be empowered to make healthy changes in their schools and communities. 
This interactive session will get students up and moving! 

12345 Fit-Tastic!
Do you know what it means to be Fit-Tastic!?  Students will join us for some fun, interactive games to learn 5 health habits to living Fit-Tastic!  They’’ll leave ready to lead the way for better health in your school and community!

It’s Easy to Clean Your Greens
Do you know how to keep your food safe from the farm to your plate? It’s easy when you know some simple ways to wash the different kinds of food you grow in your school garden. Our Farm to School Academy makes it fun to practice with a special Glo-Germ activity.

Become a Sponsor

Become a sponsor and help make it a day kids will remember. Your investment will educate kids across the metro and give them the boost they need to put their ideas to action and reshape their communities for a brighter future.

Choose from the following sponsorship packages with varying levels of recognition. Champions and Advocate levels include options for recognition at one or two other KC Healthy Kids’ events.

You may pledge online or send a check made out to KC Healthy Kids to 650 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101. For more information, please contact Lucinda Noches Talbert at 816.523.5353 or

Teachers say they have seen changes in their student’s behavior because of their participation in the I Am Here photo contest and Champions for Health youth summit:

  • My students have identified other improvements that would increase health and safety at our school.
  • Kids are able to think much bigger in terms of what ideas/strategies are possible in addressing community health concerns.
  • My students are thinking more critically about healthy and unhealthy environments. They have developed new leadership skills too.
  • The photo contest has increased their motivation and self-esteem and has helped them retain academic concepts. It has given them a much needed sense of agency.

With your help, more kids can become champions for health. Please sponsor the KC Healthy Kids Youth Summit. Your gift can give students across the metro the boost they need to put their ideas into action and reshape their communities for a brighter future.

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