Students collect cash awards, build advocacy skills at youth summit



Wow, what a day! Here are just a few highlights from our 2019 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.

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Watch Videos (Enrique Chi, Lincoln Poets, Kemper Museum and classroom presentations)

Enrique Chi of Making Movies acted as emcee and talked to the kids about social justice, and what it means to use your voice with intention. He’s pictured here with some fans from Indian Creek Elementary.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary art received our 2019 Champions for Health award for partnering with us in many ways to build community and create a healthier Kansas City. Pictured left to right are Breeze Richardson, director of marketing and advancement; Chad Onianwa, integrated marketing coordinator; Don Schreiner, director of advancement and Sean O’Harrow, executive director.

The poetry slam team from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy gave a quick workshop on how to present with confidence. They asked the crowd for prompts, then spent the morning writing a piece that they performed at the Lunch & Listen. Pictured left to right are India Walker, Abby Espino Salazar, Mylin McDaniel, Hilary Pham, America Fontenot, Marjai Neal, Aisha Arij. 

Elected officials from the students’ communities joined them for lunch to hear about their healthy schools projects. Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams pledge to raise an additional $1,000 to support the goals winners in Jackson County schools. She’s pictured here with Candace Cheatem, from Kansas City Public Schools Parents as Teachers and students from Faxon Elementary.

Students attended breakout sessions presented by Kansas City Community Gardens, Urban Yogis, Fuel Up to Play 60, 12345 Fit-Tastic! and our own Farm to School Academy.


We’d like to thank our sponsors and the many volunteers who helped make the day a fun and memorable one for these young Champions for Health!

Champion Sponsors
Frederick and Louise Hartwig Family Fund

Gold Sponsors
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Miller Family Foundation

Silver Sponsors
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Glasnapp Foundation

Bronze Sponsors
Joan Baker Andrews
Carlson & Associates LC
Jim & Michele Stowers Foundation
Ralph L. Smith Foundation
Reed Family Foundation
U.S. Trust

Country Club Bank
Herron Consulting
Nicholson Capital Management
Pita for Good
Danielle Robbins-Gregory
True Food Kitchen
Siro Smith Dickson PC

Jamie Allen
Stephen Anderson
Trent Dansel
Leyla Edwards
Christina Esteban
Megan Gill
Tiffany Ford
Mariam Fred
Diane Gallagher
Theresa Garza
Nora Gibbons
Megan Gill
Matt Glenn
Angela Hawkins
James Isom
Shelia Marshall
Robert McCormack
Ashly Meek
Stephanie Miller
Sarah Parrish
Andy Pence
Debra Sweeten
Jason Tajchman
Felicia Uche

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