Frequently Asked Questions about Lead2Feed
Find out just about everything there is to know about the Lead2Feed program and the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Challenge. Learn more about how Lead2Feed was created by the Lift-a-Life Foundation, The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc., and how to enter the Lead2Feed Leadership Challenge– even ask your own questions.
Lead2Feed is a FREE leadership program where students identify and use their leadership skills by doing a service project. The fully prepared lesson plans will take you through the steps of leadership and service. All resources are available to registered members for free. Register here
6-12th graders. Take the first step and check out our “How to Participate Guide.”
Student teams (3 or more students) with an adult teacher or club advisor
There is a 6-lesson or a 10- lesson track. Both contain the same information. The 6- lessons suggest 75 minutes per lesson. The 10- lessons suggest 45 minutes per lesson.
The Lead2Feed Challenge is open to submitting entries all year long. Entries received by the first Friday in April each year are judged for the current contest year. Entries received after the first Friday in April are placed into the next year’s judging cycle. Full Lead2Feed Challenge Rules are here.
Yes! For those who complete the lessons and a project, the Lead2Feed Challenge is the contest component of the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program. Each year teams are awarded Charity Grants and Tech products for their school or club. Full Lead2Feed Challenge Rules are here.
The kind of service project and number of hours committed is up to you. Lead2Feed fits nicely into service learning expectations for schools and clubs as you will design a project that works for your team.
To enter your team’s project into the Lead2Feed Challenge you will have to work with a registered 501c3. This certifies that they are a US registered charity and can accept a grant if your team wins. Many 501c3 organizations do work globally so where you serve is not limited to the US. To help in finding a registered 501c3 in your area, www.charitynavigator.org is a helpful website
If you are looking for ideas on projects we have built a page just for you! Check out Project Ideas.
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There is a 6- lesson or a 10- lesson track. Both contain the same information. The 6- lessons suggest 75 minutes per lesson. The 10- lessons suggest 45 minutes per lesson.
The program provides an insights-driven approach to leading people and achieving a big goal — by meeting a need in their community or globally. Leadership is about getting people to work together and to get excited about making a difference in an organization. This training will give students the confidence to lead others or to work as a team member. Skills like collaboration and teamwork, problem solving, creativity and communication are all a part of learning. Many states require civic learning and student volunteer hours for graduation and many school boards have built in “Responsibility to the Community” as part of their academic goals.
As a teacher or youth club adviser you will find that Lead2Feed helps shape your own leadership skills. You can also lead your student teams to enter the Lead2Feed Challenge, where they can win charity grants and technology for your school or youth club. Lead2Feed recognizes teachers through our Teacher of the Week and Educator Advisory Board. Lead2Feed also offers you a free, fully prepared set of lessons that will meet curriculum requirements for most subject areas which can be found here.
I signed up, now what?
Register to receive access to all lesson plans. Now, print out the student lesson plans & pass them out to your students – they will be able to work in teams while you are the coach on the sidelines. It’s that easy!
The program is based on the book, Taking People With You, so working in teams is a key part of this leadership training that helps students make big things happen. Teams should consist of at least three students — there is no limit to team size. Each team must have a teacher/adult advisor.
In order to submit a project to the Lead2Feed Challenge, you will work with a local charity for your community service. The charity needs to be registered as a public charity, or 501c3 organization. This certifies that they are a US registered charity and can accept a grant if your team wins. Many 501c3 organizations do work globally so where you serve is not limited to the US. To help in finding a registered 501c3 in your area, www.charitynavigator.org is a helpful website
All Lead2Feed Challenge grants for charities of winning teams must go to registered 501c3 organizations.
That being said, we want to find ways for you to meet this requirement while still ensuring your winning grant continues the project work started by your students.
Try checking a couple of simple solutions first:
- Does your school have 501c3 status?
- Does your school or school district have a Foundation (often called a Community Foundation) that is a registered 501c3?
- Is there a local 501c3 organization that would align with you to accept winning funds earmarked to continue your project work?
Anyone of these options can be a perfect solution.
We are happy to help you understand and define 501c3 qualifying organizations in your area.
Reach out through the Contact Us form on our website, or send a note to your Outreach Consultant.
Students will benefit from a meeting with your chosen charity. During this meeting they can understand the greatest need. This may be different from the students’ original idea for a project, and will take them through the process of looking at their community and their choices in a different light. Using an insight driven approach is covered in Lesson 4.
Yes! There are many ways to do community service right in your school. And, there is no fundraising requirement to participate. Invite a few of your local charities to come and talk about ways you can help without cost or transportation.
Yes! there are many registered 501c3 organizations doing work globally. Previous Lead2Feed teams have worked with Water for Haiti, Stop Hunger Now, and many other charities. Check out our Project Ideas page for more here.
You will also post your progress through your member dashboard by “checking in” on the Milestones as you move through the lessons. Milestone checkpoints are noted in the lessons. Completing Milestones also starts to build your Challenge entry.
Deadlines, Guidelines & updates
The Lead2Feed Challenge is open to entries all year long. Entries received by the first Friday in April each year are judged for the current contest year. Entries received after the first Friday in April are placed into the next year’s judging cycle. Full Lead2Feed Challenge Rules are here.
All guidelines are outlined in the Lead2Feed Challenge project submission rules document here.
No, the lesson plans include a total of three Milestone Check-In’s. When the teacher/advisor completes the Milestone information on their member dashboard, the information is also stored on the Challenge Entry Form. This makes completing your entry much easier when your team finishes their project(s).
You can contact us at any time for support.
Use the contact us email form or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Lead2Feed team member will contact you, by phone or email, usually within 4 hours.
Thank you for taking the time to develop students who are Empowered to Lead. Inspired to Serve.