The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program blends leadership lessons with community service. These innovative leadership lessons are integrated easily into any subject area and all class or club settings. Designed to teach 6th – 12th graders how to lead and serve, Lead2Feed is available at no cost to educators and youth club advisers.

Throughout this leadership program, students will work through leadership lessons adapted from Co-Founder, Former Chairman, and CEO of Yum! Brands David Novak’s book, Taking People With You. Every registered educator will receive a free copy of this book, video messages from David Novak and link to our social media sites to connect and communicate with other teams in the program.

Since 2012, more than one million students have put their leadership skills to work, volunteering over a million hours of service to “Feed the Need in their Community.”

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership program was created in 2012 by The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation.

“The Lead2Feed leadership lessons provide opportunities for high levels of student engagement through collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and reflection. Throughout the leadership lessons and project experience, students will increase their understanding of practical leadership skills as they take action to make a positive impact on a need in their community.” -Ashley Butler, Director, Executive Director, Lift a Life Foundation

“Lead2Feed curriculum provides robust leadership lessons integrated with project based learning allowing students to also focus on learning through service. These lessons may be taught across the curriculum enhancing skill development.,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “We are seeing the benefits of teaching leadership lessons to students at an early age. Students benefit individually while communities benefit from their service contributions.”


Our Educator Advisory Board members represent a cross-section of Educator Roles – teachers, principals, administrators, association leaders. 

These Advisors provide input and feedback to the sponsoring foundations in addition to mentoring potential and participating teachers. We invite you to connect and engage with them to make Lead2Feed even better.

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School Districts      Associations

The Lead2Feed Certified Schools program honors active Lead2Feed schools for their participation. You can become a certified school with: Two or more years of participation, Two or more teachers registered, One or more projects entered per year.

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Co-Founder, Retired Chairman and CEO

Novak and his wife Wendy established the Lift a Life Foundation in 1999 to help individuals in need reach their full potential through grants and programming in the areas of youth leadership development, hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes and military family support. In 2012, Lift a Life Foundation, the former USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation launched the “Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and Challenge” to encourage middle and high school students to hone their leadership skills through community projects, such as hunger relief, using principles from TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU. 

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