Caryl Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF USA, Empowers Kids to Get Active
Hey Smart Girls! My name is Caryl Stern and I am a woman, a mother and President and CEO of UNICEF USA, a non-profit that advocates for the world’s most vulnerable children. As CEO, I have a unique global perspective to understand the challenges women and children face today. I also see the incredible drive that women like you have to translate our natural need to make a change in this world into real and tangible actions. I’m confronted daily with so many of the questions and challenges we face as a group (and a world), but I wanted to talk to you about a way that you, your friends and your family can make a difference … starting today.
Only 1 in 4 kids in the United States are getting enough physical activity. Seriously. I have to state that again. Only 1 in 4 kids in the United States are getting enough physical activity. Remember running around the neighborhood with your friends and playing ‘capture the flag’ or games outside? In large, kids these days (wow, did I really just use that phrase?) simply aren’t doing that anymore. This is a huge problem and one that is at the forefront of my mind when I think about issues facing children here in the United States.
Couple that statistic with the fact that almost 1 in 4 children around the globe are malnourished, and we are facing a real global inequity and also a real global opportunity at the same time.
Enter UNICEF Kid Power, a program started in 2013 that addresses both of these issues head on. At its core, UNICEF Kid Power harnesses the energy and inherent altruism of children and uses it to save lives around the world. Kid Power is an activity tracker for kids — the more moves they make, the more points they earn. Points unlock lifesaving nutrition packets that are distributed around the globe to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The program is three-fold: it gets kids in the U.S. active, instills a sense of philanthropy in a new generation of global citizens, and most importantly, it saves the lives of children around the world.
That’s where you come in. We are celebrating Kid Power around the United States and are asking kids and kids-at-heart (that’s you!) to download the free UNICEF Kid Power App and help save the lives of children around the world.
Join us on this lifesaving journey and run, jump, dance, play and help us unlock points and packets of lifesaving nutrition, known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF). Help us save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Help us to get your crew involved — inspire your niece, nephew, son, daughter, brother, sister, or neighbor to unlock THEIR inner Kid Power and make change for good with you.
It is unacceptable that in 2017, there are millions of children around the world suffering from malnutrition while there are kids in our own backyard that aren’t getting enough activity to live a healthy and active lifestyle. So visit our website, download the App and join the team! Together, we can face this challenge head-on and solve both of these issues — one Kid Power step at a time.