May 3, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Five lucky students experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet renowned business leader
at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting in
today as part of GENYOUth Foundation's AdVenture Capital grant program. All five winners serve as Student Ambassadors for Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation's largest in-school wellness program created by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students were selected based on their ability to generate a unique, entrepreneurial idea and put together a business plan to give their classmates greater access to healthier foods such as low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and increased physical activity.
"Today's world requires leaders with entrepreneurial spirits who are capable of adapting and taking risks," said Buffett. "I welcomed the opportunity to play a part in AdVenture Capital, a program that recognizes and rewards students for their ideas and instills in them the confidence to own the process of change to create healthier learning environments."
During their meeting with Buffett, students shared their
winning ideas to improve school wellness and received feedback and advice from the business magnate. Following Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, students will go on to lead their programs in school with guidance from an "Inspiration Panel" of young innovators in education, technology, and social media.
"Getting to meet a business leader and philanthropist like
was an amazing experience and he gave me so many ideas on how to make my project successful," said winner
. "I'm excited to start school in the fall and help students at my school make healthier choices."
From healthy cooking classes to recreational sports leagues, Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassadors submitted innovative and youth-friendly ideas to create a healthier school environment. Each winning student's school
from GENYOUth Foundation to implement his or her program. National winners and their ideas include:
- Lily Ayotte—Milford, N.H.—7 th grade: "What's Cooking in Titan's Kitchen?," a series of after-school healthy cooking classes featuring guest chefs
- Lashon Bonaventure—Bronx, N.Y.—4 th grade: "Project Play + Eating Right = A Healthy Me," a series of workshops for students to learn how to cook and grow organic produce
- Emma Buchanan—Glade Spring, Va.—10 th grade: "Healthy Matters: Teaching Wellness for all Generations," a monthly class featuring health information, healthy family cooking classes and personal fitness guidance
- Kaylene Khosla—Pueblo, Colo.—9 th grade: "Play Today. Succeed Tomorrow," a recreational sports league for elementary students to focus on teamwork, healthy diets, exercise and strategy
- Josh Miller—Maple Grove, Minn.—5 th grade: "Motivational Mondays," a 30-minute weekly exercise program
Created to nurture children's health and wellness in the school environment and surrounding community, the GENYOUth Foundation raises funds, unites partners with shared goals, and empowers youth to own change. GENYOUth Foundation's flagship program is Fuel Up to Play 60, which is currently active in nearly 73,000 schools across the country.