Youth summit Lunch & Listen connects kids with their elected officials



Our entire team is busy setting the scene for the 2019 Champions for Health Youth Summit on March 7. It’s the area’s only youth advocacy summit, and 200 kids will spend the day with us learning to speak out for healthy changes to their communities.

A key part of the summit is Lunch & Listen, where elected and appointed officials from the kids’ own communities join them for lunch to hear about the project their pitching to make their school or community a healthier place. Here’s a quick snapshot of all the great stuff we’ll cram into the lunch hour. You can learn more about our Lunch & Listen guests and the youth summit here.

Policy makers who plan to attend include Maxine Drew, Janey Humphries and Brenda C. Jones of Kanas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Directors; Jennifer Wolfsie of Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors; Dr. Jane Philbrook and Brian McKiernan of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Board of Commissioners; Lee Barnes Jr. and Alissia Canady of Kansas City, Missouri Board of Commissioners; Crystal Williams, Jackson County Legislator; Harold Phillips of Liberty City Council; and Claudia McCormack of Roeland Park City Council.

KCK, KCMO and Liberty are issuing proclamations declaring March 7 Champions for Health Day. To celebrate, the proclamation will be read aloud and kids from those districts will take the printed proclamation home with them.

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

Six students from Lincoln Poets the award-winning poetry slam team from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, will open the youth summit with an energizing introduction to slam poetry.  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’ll use to create new works to present during the lunch program.

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.

We are so grateful to our sponsors for making the youth summit possible. 

Sponsorships are still available. 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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  • Frederick and Louise Hartwig Family Fund


  • Miller Family Foundation
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City


  • Nicholson Capital Management
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


  • Reed Family Foundation
  • Ralph L. Smith Foundation
  • Joan Baker Andrews
  • Jim & Michele Stowers Foundation
  • Kohl’s
  • Carlson & Associates LC
  • U.S. Trust


  • The Glasnapp Foundation
  • Pita for Good
  • BlueScope
  • Siro Smith Dickson PC
  • BKD, LLP
  • Herron Consulting
  • Country Club Bank
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