Schools and neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia work to make lasting changes that will lead students and families toward living healthier lives. Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 nonprofits that educates middle and high school students about nutrition, has helped with that effort. Now the two-year-old initiative is being recognized for its work, receiving a Healthy10 Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
“We are so honored to be recognized for this important collective work to improve health outcomes for young people in Philadelphia,” said Yael Lehmann, executive director of the Food Trust, a member of the collective behind the initiative.
“This award really goes to the thousands of young people who are making lasting changes in their schools and neighborhoods that will help them, their friends, and their families live healthier lives,” Lehmann said.
Get HYPE Philly! was among 10 nationwide partnerships that received an award, taking home honors in the “Healthy Education and Workforce” category last month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Healthy10 Awards acknowledged collaborations between local businesses and nontraditional partners working toward community wellness and health-focused initiatives.
Get HYPE Philly!, which was originally based on the Food Trust’s HYPE Program, is now led by the Food Trust and funded by an IMPACT grant from the pharmaceutical company GSK. The initiative has trained about 1,500 youth leaders and worked with 140 community partnerships. Get HYPE (Healthy You, Positive Energy) has deployed its members to various elementary and high schools such as Taggert and Comly Elementary Schools and Central and Masterman High Schools to teach students about better nutrition choices, physical fitness, urban agriculture, civic involvement, work readiness, and positive lifestyles.
Aunnalea Grove, program manager for Get HYPE Philly!, said that she can’t wait to share the award with the students who have taken this learning experience into their homes and local communities.
“It’s really the young people who make it work. With students, you never know what’ll happen!” Grove said. “When you let young people really take charge of their health and communities, they can really do amazing things.”