This fall, United Healthcare teamed up with GENYOUth to present social entrepreneurship opportunities for local high school students.  We were thrilled to visit Salt Lake City for the very first time, and Pittsburgh for the second time, to meet over 100 brave, curious and bold entrepreneurs!

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Check out this blog post from our intrepid entrepreneur Noa, who not only received a $1,000 grant this year to lead change at her school, but who also applied for and received the SAP Bill McDermott Scholarship. In her own words, she shares how GENYOUth programs have impacted her life and what the scholarship means to her.


AdCap and Fuel Up to Play 60 have always given me the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual. I see college as being a very similar opportunity in this regard. Winning an SAP Bill McDermott Scholarship secures my ability to attend an institution that fits my educational desires so that I can continue to broaden my horizons. My post-secondary education interests are public policy, education, communication and visual arts, foreign language, public administration, and international development and economics.

Through involvement with these programs, my perspective has changed and my passion has been focused. I have been able to watch and learn from many great role models and forge an admiration for nonprofit work. I have seen the effects of empowering people to want to live to their potential. This has changed how I foresee my future. I want to interact with my global community in a pertinent way. I desire to make a life out of helping others through civil service or nonprofit work.

This past fall, I applied for and received an AdCap grant by submitting my BIG idea on AdCapYOUth.org. Membership on the Fuel Up to Play 60 Youth Council has solidified my leadership skills and taught me how to cultivate leadership in others. The inspiration for my AdCap project, “YEL!”, came from my desire to bring what I had learned through the Youth Council back to my community. YEL! stands for Youth Education in Leadership, and is a leadership program with a wellness focus that all 5th grade students in my district will go through this year. The program is a sequence of days where trained high school students enter the elementary schools and lead 5th graders through various sessions such as a program building game and a leadership style quiz. The day concludes with a whole group physical activity. The program kicks off in the spring, but we are currently finalizing the leadership session curriculum and will start the high school student training very shortly. Last year, our program was a big success, and this year we are looking to expand and make it better than ever!

In the 6 years that I have been involved in Fuel Up to Play 60 and AdCap, I have evolved a lot as an individual. These were some of the most critical years of my development thus far and I am thankful to have had these programs to guide me. They have illuminated my confidence and shown me that your best is your most genuine. I have learned how to be fluid in stressful situations and how to connect with others in a meaningful way. Most of all, I have found my voice and learned to value letting people hear it.

Noa

AdCap Winner and FUTP 60 Student Ambassador

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