About Us

GENYOUth empowers students to create a healthier future for themselves and their peers. GENYOUth convenes a network of private and public partners to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that bolster healthy, high-achieving students, schools and communities nationwide. We believe that all students are change-agents, who deserve the opportunity to identify and lead innovative solutions that positively impact nutrition, physical activity, and student success.

 

GENYOUth specializes in a range of national initiatives including the largest in-school wellness program (Fuel Up to Play 60) in partnership with National Dairy Council and the NFL, an innovative youth social entrepreneurship program (AdVenture Capital), youth and thought-leader engagement (Leadership Roundtables, Student Ambassador Summit, Town Halls), and widely circulated stakeholder-targeted publications. We bring together and enlist networks of private and public partners, convene dialogues, generate insights, build awareness, raise funds, and channel resources – all in the service of empowering youth to be stewards of their generation’s quest for healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives.

Create a Movement:

Empower and inspire students as well as their schools, communities and families to take action. Build awareness, engagement and solutions which will allow leaders in nutrition, education, government, and business to collaborate, participate and enhance our children’s voices.

Aggregate Partnerships and Activate Programs:

Work with health professionals, government and corporations to activate resources and programs aligned with obesity prevention. GENYOUth believes in the power of many to eradicate this epidemic. As we say at GENYOUth, “1+1+1 is far greater than 3.” Together we can affect real change through programs like Fuel Up to Play 60.

Raise Funds:

Secure dollars and in-kind resources to build and support programs in and out of schools, which will help improve nutrition and access to daily physical activity for all youth.

Fuel Up to Play 60 Snapshot

Fuel Up to Play 60 Snapshot
The Fuel Up to Play 60 Snapshot demonstrates how together, we can #FuelGreateness and achieve the shared goal of advancing children’s health and wellness in the school environment and surrounding communities. This Snapshot clearly demonstrates that great things happen with Fuel Up to Play 60, and the results and impact are clear: students, schools and communities are improving healthy eating and physical activity as a direct response to involvement with the program. View the PDF version of the report.

GENYOUth EY Report

2015 Empowering Youth Report GENYOUth has gained insights and drawn conclusions around elevating and enabling youth to improve school and student wellness, drawing on our growing inventory of youth conversations and interviews, the results of student surveys and program utilization surveys, findings from Student Ambassador Summit events, reports of student focus group sessions, insights from youth advisory group gatherings, and more. Here’s some of what we’re currently learning. View the PDF version of the report.

 

2015 EMPOWERING YOUTH REPORT

2015 Empowering Youth Report GENYOUth Foundation’s 2015 Empowering Youth Report This publication looks at why youth empowerment matters when it comes to healthy, high-achieving schools and what we’re learning about what works. This report affirms GENYOUth’s commitment to youth leadership for school wellness, and shares ideas for how others can help empower youth. View the e-book or PDF version of the report.

2014 PROGRESS REPORT

Genyouth Foundation Progress Report 2014 GENYOUth Foundation’s 2014 Progress Report illustrates achievements—and work left to do– toward GENYOUth Foundation’s stated mission of nurturing children’s health and wellness in the school environment and surrounding community. Through this publication, we showcase our successes as an organization, while also painting a picture of what’s possible through our continued collaboration with education, business, health and wellness partners. View the e-book or PDF version of the report.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GENYOUth is led by a Board of Directors representative of organizations across the public, private and health professional sectors.

Thomas P. Gallagher CEO, Dairy Management, Inc. & Foundation Chair

Alexis Glick CEO, GENYOUth Foundation

Roger Goodell Commissioner, NFL

Laura Bay

Laura Bay President of National PTA

Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins WNBA Player, Tulsa Shock

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle President & CEO, Domino’s Pizza

Richard Edelman

Richard Edelman CEO, Edelman

Carla Hall

Carla Hall Co-Host, The Chew; Owner, Alchemy by Carla Hall; Top Chef All-Star

Curt Kolcun

Curt Kolcun Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft

Howie Long

Howie Long Commentator, FOX Sports NFL; Actor; Former NFL Player & Hall of Fame inductee

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller Senior Vice President, Health and Safety Policy, National Football League

Jennifer Morgan President, SAP North America

Louis M. Nanni Vice President for University Relations, University of Notre Dame

James. J Phillips

James J. Phillips Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, Northwestern University

David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher 16th U.S. Surgeon General

DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith Executive Director, NFL Players Association

Lally Weymouth

Lally Weymouth Senior Associate Editor, Washington Post Company

HEALTH AND WELLNESS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Comprised of premiere health and wellness organization leaders, including health professionals, school, academia, government, and NGOs, the Health & Wellness Advisory Council provides expert perspective and advises the GENYOUth Board to ensure public health credibility. The Council employs the guiding principles for school-based nutrition and physical activity initiatives and barriers.

American Academy of Pediatrics Jatinder Bhatia, MD, Professor and Chief, Section of Neonatology, Medical College of Georgia and Chair of AAP Committee on Nutrition
American Academy of Pediatrics Robert Murray, MD, Director, Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Committee on School Nutrition for AAP
American Academy of Family Physicians Michelle May, past Chair AAFP Americans in Motion
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Katie Brown, EdD, RD, LD, Director of National Education, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA, Past-President, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Director of University Nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis
PDF DOWNLOAD OF FULL ADVISORY COUNCIL LIST

OUR TEAM

Alexis Glick, CEO
Favorite way to exercise: I shoot hoops with my three boys and love to spin.
How I exercise my influence: By showing my children what it means to make a difference in other children’s lives and by teaching them how to use their voice to affect change.
Ann Marie Krautheim, MA, RD, President & Chief Wellness Officer
Favorite way to exercise: I love to hike with my teen boys and practice weekend yoga.
How I exercise my influence: By uplifting the voice of students and the visibility of their great work in driving social change for health in America’s schools and communities.
Dan Chavka
Dan Chavka, CFO
Favorite way to exercise: Working out on the elliptical machine & attending spin class at the health club with my wife, four-five times during the week. Great way to keep heart healthy and energized!
How I exercise my influence: Implementing sound financial systems & controls to ensure that resources are properly aligned with the GENYOUth priorities.
Mark Block
Ed Kull, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Favorite way to exercise: Playing catch and hoops with my two sons, hot yoga, spinning and tennis.
How I exercise my influence: Developing long-term value and ethical business solutions through identifying and creating genuine relationships and partnerships.
Mark Block
Mark Block, Vice President, Development
Favorite way to exercise: Biking through the fantastic city landscapes of Philadelphia and showing my allegiance to the Eagles.
How I exercise my influence: Never to forget each day the importance of mentoring others and inspiring my family and friends to do the same. The late actor Jack Lemmon said, “If you’re lucky enough to have done well, then it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.”
Leah Cook, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Business Relations
Favorite way to exercise: Taking long walks to explore New York’s neighborhoods.
How I exercise my influence: By finding ways for companies to participate since healthy, high-achieving youth is vital for all business as a future workforce and the next generation of consumers.
Courtney Dubin, Senior Advisor, Youth Empowerment & Digital Strategy
Favorite way to exercise: Taking a spinning class with top 40 or 80s music.
How I exercise my influence: Recognizing how much we have to learn from students and creating opportunities for them the share their voices through GENYOUth’s programs and initiatives.
Lauren Izzo, Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Favorite way to exercise: Riding my bike around different neighborhoods in the city allows me to explore and stay fit at the same time! I also enjoy the occasional Pilates class.
How I exercise my influence: By lending a hand whenever I can to help the GENYOUth team achieve the mission of nutritional inspiration and education, and to increase physical activity in schools across the country.
Karen Kafer
Karen Kafer, RDN, Senior Vice President, HW Partnerships & Communication
Favorite way to exercise: walking or biking my neighborhood, the Nation’s Capitol-DC!
How I exercise my influence: By convening and connecting disparate organizations, alongside youth, to partner in supporting and advancing health & wellness in our schools and communities.
Allyn Miller, Senior Director, Business Development & Partnerships
Favorite way to exercise: Long distance running.
How I exercise my influence: Partnering innovative strategic plans with the sustained energy needed to actualize them.
David Salinas
David Salinas, Senior Director, Annual Giving & Operations
Favorite way to exercise: A balance of core strength training and cardio.
How I exercise my influence: Setting a good example for my nieces and nephews and helping them aspire to a healthy lifestyle.

PARTNERS

GENYOUth is grateful for the support, generosity and strength that comes from a network of partners dedicated to reversing childhood obesity rates and creating lasting changes in the schools and communities.

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