LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its mission to motivate middle and high school students across the nation to hone their leadership skills through projects focused on solving hunger, Lift a Life Foundation, in partnership with USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation, announces the Leadership Awards Drawing for schools that enter a competed project for the "Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge."
Through the Leadership Awards Drawing, up to five winning schools may receive $5,000 each in technology products. While the award is limited to one per school, schools may enter multiple teams through December 15, 2014. Those not chosen will be automatically considered for the second drawing, taking place on March 20, 2015 with a project submission deadline of March 15, 2015.
Since its inception two years ago, nearly half a million middle and high school students at more than 2,500 schools and clubs have participated in the "Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge" for a chance to win over $250,000 in prize money grants to student teams for U.S. public charities engaged in hunger relief programs. The teacher-led educational program combines a standards-based curriculum on the topic of leadership along with the challenge of solving world hunger through service learning projects. The program is based on the leadership principles from the book TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen, by David Novak, Yum! Brands' Chairman and CEO, which teaches that you'll never make big things happen until you get people on your side.
"The Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge provides educators and students with a turnkey service-learning experience that's free and aligned to the Common Core State Standards," said Diane Barrett, President, USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. "The technology Leadership Awards Drawing adds value and provides another reason for educators and students to get involved and find creative ways to fight hunger in their local communities and around the globe."
Teachers are invited to register now at www.lead2feed.org. The program can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest through the links below:
Complete rules and details for the technology Leadership Awards are available at: http://lead2feed.org/the-challenge/project-submission-rules/
About Lift a Life Foundation
The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, one of the world's largest restaurant companies with over 40,000 KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut restaurants more than 125 countries and territories, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as "2012 CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world's "30 Best CEOs" by Barron's, one of the "Top People in Business" by FORTUNE and one of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" by Harvard Business Review. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and is on the board of directors of the Yum! Brands Foundation and World Food Program USA. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
About Yum! Brands Foundation and Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.
About USA TODAY Charitable Foundation
The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities and inspire all. It welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today's students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.
Dana Metz, 312-988-2378
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