One Arizona teen had the experience of a lifetime when invited to speak at the GENYOUth Gala at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Kimberly Hasse, a senior at Verrado High School in Buckeye, shared

the stage with prestigious guest speakers including President Clinton, former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and SAP CEO Bill McDermott.  The event messaging highlighted GENYOUth’s commitment to achieving a healthier future for children of all ages by advancing a youth ownership of change.

Verrado High School is a Fuel Up to Play 60 school, GENYOUth’s signature program and the nation’s leading in-school wellness program developed in partnership with the National Football League and the National Dairy Council. Hasse drew national attention from GENYOUth when she was awarded three AdVenture Capital grants in the past three years to fund initiatives created by the Health Occupation Students of America Club, of which she currently serves as an officer.  School-wide projects that  she has helped implement include offerings of healthy lunch options such as smoothies,  access to a mental health room where students can visit if feeling stressed or anxious and a raised garden intended for horticultural therapy with easy access for students with disabilities.

In her speech, Hasse acknowledged the opportunity that programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60 and AdVenture Capital have afforded students across the nation in making a difference in their schools and community wellness.

To find out more about empowering students to make healthy changes at your school, visit the Fuel Up to Play 60 website .  In addition, for opportunities for grades 8-12 visit the AdVenture Capital website.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) GENYOUth Gala honorees Charly Tiempos and Kimberly Hasse, CEO of GENYOUth Alexis Glick, and GENYOUth Gala honorees Destinee Ramos and Indiana Troupe attend the Second Annual GENYOUth Gala at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on December 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for GENYOUth)