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Your Name and Title: Allyson Thomas, School Engagement Specialist

School or Organization Name: UNICEF Kid Power (UNICEF USA)

Co-Presenter Name(s): Courtney Allen Weinstein, Melissa Taing

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Sacramento, CA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): U.S.-based Teachers; Global Citizenship Educators

Short Session Description (one line): This session is a collaborative overview of how UNICEF Kid Power combines global citizenship education with short, interactive brain breaks in the classroom. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

At UNICEF, we believe that every child has the power to make a difference. We see it all the time; kids want to help and be a part of solving real-world problems. Even young kids have the capacity to deeply care about global issues, and we want to give every child the power to make impact globally and locally! By giving them a way to help others around the world, UNICEF Kid Power is empowering the next generation of global citizens to act now. 

Kid Power uses short brain breaks to engage students in the classroom, and these interactive videos instill SEL competencies while getting kids moving, focused and ready to learn. For example, our videos educate kids on global issues like sustainable development, what it means to be a refugee, hunger and poverty, and promote wellness with yoga, meditation and dance. 

When teachers play these Kid Power brain breaks with their students, they collaborate towards unlocking Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) packets that UNICEF delivers to severely malnourished children around the world. RUTF is a nutritionally dense peanut paste that contains specially formulated vitamins to treat acute malnutrition. A course of 150 packets can save a life. In the 5 years since Kid Power started, kids have saved almost 100,000 lives, and the newest iteration of the product is scaling quickly. 

Join us in this session to learn more about UNICEF Kid Power and the teachers who are making a global difference with the program. We’ll also discuss how our program builds SEL competencies and impacts global citizenship education. You’ll also hear about the values that are propelling UNICEF’s lifesaving work for every child into the future, including our equitable growth strategy. 

Our goal in this session is to connect with educators to extend our understanding of how they can use Kid Power.

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: www.unicefkidpower.org

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