Kids who attended our 2020 Champions for Health Youth Summit put their plans to make a better world onto cotton squares that were later stitched into two quilts by artist NedRa Bonds.
Two-hundred students designed quilt squares based on the stories NedRa told them about other youth activists and the question for the day, "What is your leadership superpower?"
NedRa is an American quilter, activist and retired teacher, born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in the historic Quindaro neighborhood. Read more about NedRa
Congratulations to the following classrooms that participated in the Champions for Health Challenge! Winning classrooms will receive $1000 awards for health and wellness projects at their schools.
See the Winning Submissions
The challenge encourages students to think critically about how their surroundings—walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants—impact their health.
Past winners have purchased playground equipment, water bottle fountains, pedal desks, and hosted Zumba parties, local food tastings and more. All projects are designed for kids by kids.
Since the contest began in 2013, KC Healthy Kids has awarded $61,000 to 136 classrooms in the six-county metro area.
Challenge Winners – $1,000 Awards
Honorable Mention Recipients – $100 Awards
Learn more about the Champions for Health Challenge
Wow, what a day! Here are just a few highlights from our 2020 Champions for Health Youth Summit, where students who received awards for their photo contest entries were presented with their cash awards, got to meet with their elected officials, and attended break out sessions, and went home with new advocacy skills to help them work with their school leaders to create a healthier environment for their community. We’d like to thank the teachers and volunteers who helped make the day a fun and memorable one for these young Champions for Health!
Over the summer, kids in area Boys & Girls Clubs learned healthy habits, pedestrian safety, what to look for in a healthy community and how to speak out for change. They used The Walking Detective workbooks to score their neighborhoods for walkability and to write letters to their mayors.
We want to send a big thank you to everyone who told us their story in our Champions for Health Photo Contest and helped make it a success!
Winning classrooms will receive $1000 awards for health and wellness projects at their schools. At the youth summit on March 7, they’ll give “Shark Tank” style presentations in hopes of winning an additional $1500 grand prize. Honorable mention recipients in the audience will judge the pitch contest.
Fifth graders at M.E. Pearson Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas hosted a community Zumba® party and farm to school supper and paid for it themselves—with the cash award they received at our Champions for Health Youth Summit in March.
When a group of sixth graders at Academy for Integrated Arts entered our photo contest, they had no idea how big of an impact they were about to have on their community.
Even though their school had recently moved to a beautifully renovated building, the kids turned their focus to an important thing that was still missing: a playground. So, when they won first place at their grade level and presented at the Champions for Health youth summit, they explained the importance of play, and how playground equipment can encourage kids to be active.
“Hopeful Future” is a modern mosaic created by kids from Kansas City’s urban, suburban and rural communities at KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit on March 6, 2018. It’s now traveling to the city as a reminder to them and to their teachers, parents and civic leaders that kids’ voices count!
Congratulations, M.E. Pearson! Fifth graders from Jolynna Addink’s class at M.E. Pearson Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas won the grand prize in the pitch contest at our Champions for Health Youth Summit yesterday.
KC Healthy Kids recognized Splitlog Farm with the 2018 Champions for Health Award at the Champions for Healthy Youth Summit yesterday.