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UNICEF Kid Power Program

What is the UNICEF Kid Power School Program?

UNICEF Kid Power is a teacher-led classroom experience that leverages easy-to-use technology and standards-aligned curriculum. The technology includes UNICEF Kid Power Bands for students and a classroom tablet to sync Bands and track progress. UNICEF Kid Power's educational resources can be used in a modular manner or as "missions" to get students active and inspired while they learn about different cultures and UNICEF's work to help children everywhere survive and thrive.

By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids go on missions to learn about new cultures and earn points. Points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans, and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving packets of therapeutic food to severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save.

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 and Target, as well as local supporters, parents and fans.

What impact has the UNICEF Kid Power School Program had to date?

To date, more than 250,000 kids have joined the UNICEF Kid Power Team through the school program.

In October 2014, after several classroom pilots, UNICEF Kid Power was introduced to schools across the city of Sacramento, and over 800 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were able to experience the power of getting active and saving lives.

In March 2015, more than 11,300 kids in Boston, Dallas and New York joined the UNICEF Kid Power Team. Their collective physical activity was equivalent to walking around the world more than 23 times. These kids earned enough Kid Power Points to unlock 188,850 therapeutic food packets, enough for 1,259 full courses of lifesaving treatments.

During spring 2016, the UNICEF Kid Power Team expanded to include more than 68,000 students in over 2,600 classrooms across 13 Kid Power Cities. Over 5 million Kid Power Points were earned, unlocking approximately 385,000 therapeutic food packets, enough for 2,567 full courses of lifesaving treatments.

For the 2016-2017 school year, approximately 170,000 additional students in more than 3,300 schools and across 49 states (and Washington, D.C.) are participating in the UNICEF Kid Power school program.

Every 150 therapeutic food packets unlocked through the points earned by UNICEF Kid Power Team member’s results in a full course of lifesaving treatment for a severely malnourished child.

With UNICEF Kid Power, the more kids move, the more points they earn, the more lives they save. Engaged Kid Power students have been shown to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) 44% more days than their peers.
An independent evaluation of UNICEF Kid Power in Sacramento schools found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers not participating.

How can classrooms participate in UNICEF Kid Power? What does it cost?

Teachers can apply to participate in UNICEF Kid Power. The philanthropically funded program is fully-funded and open to classrooms in grades 3 to 5, with some availability for classrooms in grades 6 to 8.

The online application for the philanthropically-funded program closed on December 7, 2016. To be the first to hear updates for next school year and to learn about ways to get involved during Kid Power Month in May 2017, please sign up for updates by filling out the form at the bottom of our website

Teachers interested in participating with UNICEF Kid Power who did not meet eligibility criteria for the philanthropically funded program or missed the application deadline can participate with UNICEF Kid Power by purchasing their own Kid Power classroom kit while supplies last. 

Kits purchased between February 21 2017 and May 31, 2017 will be sent for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

What are the benefits of participating in UNICEF Kid Power?

Active students are better learners. An independent evaluation of UNICEF Kid Power in Sacramento schools found that kids participating in the program were 55% more active than their peers not participating. Students who engage with Kid Power have also been shown to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) 44% more days than their peers.

UNICEF Kid Power brings innovative, easy-to-use technology into the classroom, inspiring students to learn about malnutrition, get more active and help their peers around the world. 95% of teachers who have participated in UNICEF Kid Power would recommend the program to their peers!

What is Kid Power Month?

People everywhere are joining the Kid Power Team, working together to help end global malnutrition.

In May 2017, students, educators, families and supporters will come together to celebrate Kid Power Month, a grassroots movement designed to celebrate impact while creating awareness of Kid Power and our collective effort to fight against global malnutrition.

For schools and educators, this is the perfect opportunity to turn annual field days and end of year activities into Kid Power Days to generate excitement and drive mass engagement!

Can students continue to participate in Kid Power after the school year is over?

Yes! On June 1, 2017, student participants in the 2016-2017 programs will 'graduate' to the family app experience. More details will be shared with program participants during their activation.

School Programs - Eligibility & Dates

What are the 2016-2017 program activation dates?

The Let's Move! Active Schools full year program began on October 3, 2016 and will continue until May 31, 2017. The Let's Move! Active Schools half year program dates are from January 23, 2016 until May 31, 2017.

Classrooms participating in the Spring program, including both philanthropically-funded classrooms and classrooms that purchased their own kit, began on March 1, 2017 and will participate until May 31, 2017.

All 2016-2017 school program participants will continue through Kid Power Month in May 2017.On June 1, 2017, student participants in the 2016-2017 programs will 'graduate' to the family app experience. More details will be shared with program participants during their activation. For more information about the Kid Power family app and experience, please visit unicefkidpower.org.

What are the eligibility requirements of the philanthropically funded Spring 2018 program?

Selection of classrooms is in the sole discretion of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, based on the following guidelines:

  • Priority given to classes in third, fourth and fifth grade.
  • Some availability for classrooms in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.
  • Preference given to teachers at schools with at least 75% of students eligible for free or reduced meals.

UNICEF Kid Power is open to classrooms across the United States. The application for UNICEF Kid Power’s philanthropically funded program is now open and will close May 31, 2017. 

Classroom Experience

What materials are provided in the UNICEF Kid Power Classroom Kit?

The UNICEF Kid Power classroom kit comes with everything you need to lead your students in Kid Power. This includes:

  • Kid Power Bands - one for each student, plus a couple extra
  • LTE-enabled classroom tablet - equipped with a data plan for the duration of your team's participation
  • Tablet stand - display the tablet on this stand to create a Kid Power Kiosk, a hub for all of the team’s activity
  • Power strip - providing extra outlets for Kid Power hardware
  • USB charging bricks - with enough ports to charge an entire teams’ Kid Power Bands at once
  • Kid Power passports and stickers - a fun way for students to prepare for missions and document their 'travels' around the world!

What materials do schools, classrooms or parents need to provide?

Absolutely nothing, except kids ready to get active and save lives!

What are the expectations of a teacher participating in UNICEF Kid Power?

Classroom teachers serve as the UNICEF Kid Power Coach to your team of students! In this role, you will lead and encourage your team to help end global malnutrition by getting active and saving lives. UNICEF Kid Power’s technology is designed to be plug-and-play, and the program adaptable to each teacher’s unique needs.

Specifically, your job is to:

  • Make sure your team is registered and ready to go by the program activation date
  • Lead your team on missions to learn about new cultures with the UNICEF Kid Power curriculum
  • Remind your kids to wear their Kid Power Bands, get active and to sync regularly with the UNICEF Kid Power Schools app
  • Join us in the celebration and high fives during UNICEF Kid Power Month this May!

What ongoing resources and support are provided to participating teachers?

Teachers will have access to Kid Power getting started and curricular resources. These include:

  • Welcome material
  • Tablet setup instructions and tips
  • A collection of curriculum, media and supporting materials. These interdisciplinary "missions" are standards-aligned and include kinesthetic learning and multicultural games to get your students learning and earning Kid Power Points!
  • Access to our Kid Power Support Team, who are always just an e-mail away!

What are the expectations of parents or guardians of Kid Power Kids?

We hope parents will encourage their kid to get active and wear their UNICEF Kid Power Band. We provide additional resources for families that want to continue the conversations around global citizenship at home. Parents will be briefed on their child’s participation with a family letter sent home by teachers.

What is a UNICEF Kid Power mission?

Teachers lead their teams (classes) on missions by completing lessons and activities, where students learn about children and cultures around the world, and UNICEF's work to help children everywhere survive and thrive. These materials are standards aligned, helping teachers reach classroom goals through their participation in UNICEF Kid Power.

Within each mission, teachers will find video and multimedia resources, learn-and-earn kinethetic activities, multicultural games, and standards-aligned lessons. Each mission is designed to last about a month, with 30 to 60 minutes of lessons and activities per week, and can be done in any order.

Designed with flexibility in mind, teachers can also filter missions by activity type. For example, PE teachers are able to quickly and easily sort through our games from around the world to determine which one is best for their class that day!

Participating Teachers (Getting Started with your UNICEF Kid Power experience)

What is the UNICEF Kid Power web app?

For participating teachers, the UNICEF Kid Power web app is your one-stop-shop for everything you need, accessible from any computer at go.unicefkidpower.org.

This online teacher portal will make it easy and convenient for you to create an account, set up your team, and once you get started, check out your team’s impact whenever you want. It mirrors what you’ll see on the tablet included in the classroom kit - the only difference is you cannot sync Kid Power Bands on the web app. You can only sync Bands on the tablet.

Most importantly and relevant to you all now, the web app will streamline the onboarding process, so once you get your classroom kit, you’ll be able to get started right away with registering Kid Power Bands.

Once teachers log on to the web app, you’ll follow the step by step instructions to find your Kid Power application and verify your identity to make sure that no one else has access to your information.

Then set up your Kid Power Coach account and settings. Lastly but most importantly, the web app allows you to start creating student profiles. The names you add here will appear on each student's Kid Power Band - we encourage students to be creative with these screen names and note you’ll be able to change students’ screen names easily once you get your Kid Power Bands.

The first four steps should take five to ten minutes. We recommend that you do this as soon as possible.

How is the UNICEF Kid Power Web App different from the classroom tablet app?

The UNICEF Kid Power Web App is an online teacher portal that makes it easy and convenient for you to create an account, set up your team, and once you get started, check out your team’s impact whenever you want. It mirrors what you’ll see on the tablet’s included in the classroom kit - the only difference is you cannot sync Kid Power Bands on the web app. You can only sync Bands via the tablet's schools app, since syncing Bands require a Bluetooth connection.

Do I keep the classroom kit materials after the program is over on May 31, 2017?

After the program is over, on June 1, the bands students wear will "graduate" to the Kid Power Family app, so they can continue getting active with Kid Power throughout summer and beyond.

The tablet will need to be returned to us so we can update the software (we'll send a return envelope closer to the end of the year) but all the rest of the materials are for the school to keep!

How do I link a Band to a student profile?

To link a Kid Power Band to a student profile, follow the below steps:

  1. Click on a student profile. 
  2. Take a charged Kid Power Band. Tap on the screen twice times to get the Band’s 5 digit ID. (If you are re-using a Band that was already linked, tap on the screen four times, then long hold on the screen with the former user's name. The 5 digit ID will appear when you release.)
  3. Once you get the 5 digit ID, begin typing it into the tablet. You can also tap the scan icon to find Bands within range. 
  4. Tap on the correct 5 digit ID. Then tap on the “sync” button.
  5. All set! The Kid Power Band is linked to that student and the student’s name will now appear on the Band.

What is a UNICEF Kid Power mission?

The UNICEF Kid Power curriculum is structured by "missions". As a Kid Power Coach, you can lead your team on these missions by completing lessons and activities, where you will learn about children and cultures around the world, and UNICEF’s work to help children everywhere survive and thrive.

Each "mission" includes activities like:

  • Mission videos: short videos featuring a Kid Power Champion, who takes students on journeys around the world to learn about different countries and cultures. 
  • Kinesthetic activities, to get your students moving while learning about different topics.
  • Games from around the word 

All of these missions can be accessed here.


Each mission is designed to last about a month, with 30 to 60 minutes of lessons and activities per week. If you don’t have that much class time to dedicate every week, simply pick and choose the activities that suit your time and interest via the Activity Menu.

These materials are standards aligned, helping you reach your classroom goals through your participation in UNICEF Kid Power.

How do I use the UNICEF Kid Power passports?

Your classroom kit includes a Kid Power Passports for each students, along with a few sheets of stickers.

The UNICEF Kid Power passport is a fun way for your students to “prepare” for each mission and document their travels around the world getting active and saving lives! Just like any world traveler, students should keep this passport until they complete their UNICEF Kid Power journey at the end of May.

It is up to you as the Kid Power Coach to decide when students have completed their mission and get to “stamp” their UNICEF Kid Power passport with a sticker. If you’ve completed all the suggested mission activities - awesome! If you only had time to complete two mission activities, that’s great too!

Participating Teachers (Band Pro-Tips and Troubleshooting)

When should students wear their Bands?

We encourage teachers to allow students to wear their Bands after school and on the weekends to continue earning Points to unlock therapeutic food packets, but also realize that this may not be appropriate for certain communities. That said, we leave it up to you as the teacher to determine what works best for your students!

What do I do if one of my Bands is not charging?

When you look at the back of the Band, you should see a bronze color through the charging holes. If you see black, the issue might be that the charging holes are not aligned properly, which would require a simple flip to the display.

Pull the strap to unhook it from the Band's module. Once unhooked, you'll see two bronze circles. Make sure those are on the same side as the holes in the strap. Pop it back in and the Band should be able to charge now.

How can I link a Band that was previously linked to another student profile?

To unlink:

  1. Take the Band you would like to "transfer" to another student.
  2. Click on the student profile it is currently linked to. Click "unlink". When prompted, type in your coach password.

Now that Band will be "unlinked" from that student account. When you tap on the Band's screen four times, it will still display the screen name of the former student. This screen name will remain until it is re-linked to another account.

To relink:

  1. Create a new student account, if you have not done so.
  2. Tap on the Band's screen four times, then long-press on the fourth screen with the student's screen name. Release, and the Band's 5 digit ID code will appear.
  3. Tap the scan icon to find that Band's 5 digit ID code. Once you locate it, click on it. Then tap on the “sync” button.

The Kid Power Band is now linked to the new student account and the new screen name will now appear on the Band!

How do I reset the time on the Band?

The clock on the Bands will reset to the correct time once you sync.

Is your tablet's time off? The Bands' clock will reset according to the device they sync to.

To change the time on your classroom tablet, please exit the Schools app (click on the "exit" icon on the home screen and use the exit PIN included in your Tablet Setup Guide one-sheet: 4657).

Once you exit the Schools app, you'll be able to access the tablet's setting (by tapping on the gear icon on the home page). There, you can manually change the time by clicking on the "Date and Time" option on the left hand menu.

You may need to restart your tablet after.

Partners and Supporters

Who is responsible for UNICEF Kid Power?

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 and Target, as well as local supporters, parents and fans.

For more than sixty years, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has put children first, engaging kids in the U.S. to help kids around the world by Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Built for a new generation of global citizens, UNICEF Kid Power uses the world’s first Wearable-for-Good® to get kids moving by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers.

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first and help save and protect the world's most vulnerable children, providing them with immunizations, education, medicine, emergency relief and clean water. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

What does the partnership between UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools consist of?

UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools have partnered to bring the UNICEF Kid Power school program to schools and students across the country in the 2016-2017 school year.

UNICEF Kid Power joins 34 other leading health, education and private sector organizations as part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools national collaborative. UNICEF Kid Power and Let’s Move! Active Schools will work together to help schools create Active School environments that provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.

Approximately 70 classrooms, reaching 2000 students, were selected to participate in the Let's Move! Active Schools full-year program that will begin on October 3, 2017. Participating classrooms will each receive their own classroom kit, including a Kid Power Band for every student, a LTE enabled tablet for the class, online curricular media and materials, and setting up and implementation materials.

Approximately 40 Let's Move! Active Schools classrooms, reaching 1000 students, joined UNICEF Kid Power on January 23, 2016, for a half year program.

Kid Power Band

What is the UNICEF Kid Power Band?

The UNICEF Kid Power Band is the world’s first WEARABLE-FOR-GOOD®, giving kids the power to get active and save lives. The Band is a durable, child-friendly fitness band. It is part pedometer, part accelerometer, measuring both steps and movement.

The Bands are one-size-fits-all, and come with an adjustable wrist strap that allows for a comfortable, secure fit.

What is the Kid Power Band made of?

The UNICEF Kid Power Band features an electronic module and a wrist strap. The module has an OLED display enclosed in ABS plastic, and the strap is made of TPU plastic.

How do I turn my Kid Power Band on? Where are the buttons?

Kid Power Bands are packaged in ‘hibernation’ mode to save battery. Once you charge your Band, it will power on.

The Kid Power Band has a touch-sensitive display. There are no physical buttons! Just tap the screen while wearing the Kid Power Band to move between the screens.

What information does the Kid Power Band measure and how is information displayed?

The Kid Power Band measures a student's physical activity (steps and movement) using the Band’s pedometer and accelerometer. The Band does not track the student's location, and does not have access to any location data or personal information.

Tap on the Band's module to see the following screens:

  • Clock
  • Steps
  • Kid Power Points earned
  • Kid Power user name (or the device ID if the Band is not registered)

 

How often does the Kid Power Band refresh steps and points?

The Kid Power Band measures your daily activity and refreshes every day at midnight.

The Band has a memory of 30 days, so all of your Kid Power Points and steps from the past 30 days are recorded when you sync the Band with the Kid Power App.

How do I find the registration code on my Kid Power Band?

If the Kid Power Band has not been synced to the app yet, tap on the screen four times to see the Band's device ID.

If the Band has already been synced to the app, press the screen with username for 3 seconds, and then release to see the device ID.

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Global Impact

What is Severe Acute Malnutrition?

Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), the most extreme form of malnutrition, is a life-threatening condition that affects 16 million children worldwide and requires urgent treatment, including therapeutic food packets, programs to manage SAM at the community level, as well as malnutrition prevention programs.

Why is UNICEF Kid Power focused on ending global malnutrition?

Globally, 16 million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition (2015 UNICEF-WHO Joint Estimates). Due to funding, political commitment and capacity challenges in many different country contexts, only 3.21 million children with severe acute malnutrition are reached with lifesaving therapeutic food packets and care (of which UNICEF supports 3.05). UNICEF Kid Power’s immediate focus is to eliminate the funding gap, which is one key factor in preventing the delivery of therapeutic food packets to every child who needs it.

Why is UNICEF Kid Power focused on increasing kids’ physical activity?

In the United States, one in four children are physically inactive, according to Designed to Move’s 2014 report on the state of physical activity. The relatively small number of children who get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity is a major public health concern, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Schools initiative; in the last15 years, walking and biking to school have decreased by at least 50%, and correspondingly children spend a majority of their time participating in sedentary activities.

UNICEF Kid Power increases kids’ physical activity by tapping into their inherent desire to help their peers. Kids are empowered to get active knowing that they’re saving lives.

What are therapeutic food packets?

Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food packets (sometimes referred to as RUTF packets or therapeutic food packets) contain a specially-designed protein and vitamin-rich peanut paste, allowing children who are severely malnourished to be treated successfully in their communities.

The average course of lifesaving treatment for a severely malnourished child consists of 150 therapeutic food packets over the course of 30 days.

How is a Kid Power Point measured, and how many does it take to unlock a therapeutic food packet?

By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, the more kids move, the more points they earn. One point is equal to approximately 2,400 steps. UNICEF Kid Power promotes a daily goal of five points, which requires 12,000 steps and is equivalent to the daily activity goal recommended by the National Institutes of Health.

10 Kid Power Points unlock one therapeutic food packet.

How are Kid Power Points converted to therapeutic food packets?

Kid Power Points earned by getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band will be converted to therapeutic food packets via the App, with funding from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will contribute funds to UNICEF to be used for the purchase and delivery of therapeutic food packets to children in need.

Points will be converted to therapeutic food packets for a period of one year from the time of first use of the UNICEF Kid Power App or while funds are available.

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Data and Privacy Policy

Will UNICEF Kid Power collect student information or data? How is UNICEF Kid Power compliant with regulations around children and internet safety?

UNICEF Kid Power is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection App (COPPA). No personally identifiable information is collected from children under 13 years of age, and children can use the classroom app without adult supervision. All data on physical activity syncs to the app anonymously. Children’s Kid Power Bands are registered with their first name or a nickname, so the data we receive does not include any personal information. UNICEF Kid Power’s classroom technology is compliant with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Specifically, UNICEF Kid Power in class technology comes with securities in place to prohibit students from accessing browsers, non approved apps, or any other online content. All data on student physical activity is gathered and viewed in the aggregate, creating compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Our classroom resources include information letters for parents explaining the UNICEF Kid Power program and the UNICEF Kid Power band’s functionality.

For more information, please see our privacy policy.