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Star Wars: Force for Change helps bring UNICEF Kid Power to Schools around the Country

Since early 2015, Star Wars: Force for Change has been joining forces with UNICEF Kid Power to help fight global malnutrition and bring UNICEF Kid Power to schools across the country. The growth in the Kid Power school program comes on the heels of the national retail launch of UNICEF Kid Power Bands in November 2015, allowing families everywhere to join the UNICEF Kid Power Team. Whether you are drawn to the dark side or the light side, you can now purchase your Star Wars: Force for Change UNICEF Kid Power bands on Target.com.

Star Wars: Force for Change and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are excited to announce the launch of the 2016 UNICEF Kid Power school program, expanding to 13 cities across the country and empowering more than 70,000 elementary school children to get active. More than 3,200 teams in various cities will become Forces for Change and join the UNICEF Kid Power Team in 2016 to help feed malnourished children around the world.

Each city will kick-off its own 30-day “UNICEF Kid Power Month” challenge for participating teams of students who will do their part to make the world a healthier place. While taking steps to fight global malnutrition, students will learn about the importance of physical activity and becoming global citizens.

The UNICEF Kid Power school programs and Kid Power Month will take place in:

  • San Francisco/Oakland – January 18–February 12
  • Phoenix – February 16–March 11
  • Dallas – February 16–March 11
  • Indianapolis – February 22–March 18
  • Los Angeles – February 22–March 18
  • Sacramento – February 22–March 18
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul – February 22–March 18
  • Atlanta – February 29–March 25
  • Chicago – February 29–March 25
  • Washington D.C. – February 29–March 25
  • Boston – March 7–April 1
  • New York – March 7–April 1
  • Portland (Maine) – March 7–April 1

UNICEF Kid Power is a program of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and is made possible through the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Star Wars: Force for Change – an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world around them – and Target, plus local supporters, parents and fans.

Participating students from high-need schools will have the opportunity to take part in the UNICEF Kid Power school program, a teacher-led classroom experience that leverages easy-to-use technology and standards-based curriculum to promote fitness and global citizenship. The technology includes UNICEF Kid Power Bands for students and classroom tablets for syncing and tracking progress. The curriculum includes lessons, engagement opportunities and quizzes on malnutrition and global citizenship to keep kids inspired and engaged. Students will be cheered on by their parents, communities, city officials and local sports teams to inspire them to stay active during Kid Power Month and beyond.

By playing, running, jumping and more with the UNICEF Kid Power Band – the world’s first Wearable-for-Good™ – kids earn Kid Power Points. Points unlock funding from Kid Power sponsors and supporters, and funding is used by UNICEF to deliver packets of therapeutic food to malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn and the more hungry children they feed.

The 2016 nationwide expansion of the UNICEF Kid Power school program follows activations during the 2014-2015 school year in Boston, Dallas, New York and Sacramento. Learn more here. Not only were kids participating in UNICEF Kid Power significantly more active than their peers, but they also earned enough Kid Power points to unlock 188,850 therapeutic food packets — enough to feed 1,259 children!

For more information on the UNICEF Kid Power program, visit the UNICEF Kid Power Schools site or UNICEFKidPower.org.

In 2016, more than 70,000 students across the country are receiving UNICEF Kid Power bands!