Two Louisville Ky schools win national leadership certification

Doss High School and Mercy Academy among the schools with top honors. Here is the press release:

NEWARK, Del., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This week, a group of schools and youth clubs across the country received the Lead2Feed Certified School honor in recognition for their inspiring community service work and impressive demonstrations of leadership. Lead2Feed is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program that encourages students to develop leadership and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing hunger or other community needs. Lead2Feed is a Common Core-aligned program inspired by Executive Chairman of Louisville-based Yum! Brands and leadership expert, David Novak, and developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.


The inaugural Lead2Feed Certified Schools and youth club include:

  • Baylor School – Chattanooga, TN
  • Design & Architecture Senior High – Miami, FL
  • Doss High School – Louisville, KY
  • Eisenhower High School – Lawton, OK
  • First Colonial High School – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Mercy Academy – Louisville, KY
  • Raymond S Kellis High School – Glendale, AZ
  • The Harbour School – Baltimore, MD
  • The Walter Damrosch School – Bronx, NY
  • Winton Woods Middle School – Cincinnati, OH
  • Milam Youth Activity Center (Boys & Girls Club) – Fort Bliss, TX

To qualify for this honor schools and youth clubs must participate in Lead2Feed for two or more years with a minimum of two teachers registered, actively participate by completing and submitting a leadership project, and also acquire a signed confirmation from the principal or youth director.

To commemorate their achievement, each certified school and youth club will receive a banner, a glass block plaque and digital badges to share on their respective websites and social channels. Looking ahead, new Lead2Feed Certified Schools and youth clubs will be announced nationally each fall.

“The Foundation applauds these winning schools for their ongoing involvement with Lead2Feed and look forward to celebrating their Lead2Feed projects this year,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “This certification honor sets an example for schools nationwide as they help students become our future service-minded leaders.”

“We are honored to announce the inaugural Lead2Feed Certified Schools. These exemplary schools demonstrate leadership every day in their classrooms, school community and in their service projects.  We are building strong leaders for life through the Lead2Feed Program,” said Ashley Butler, Director of the Lift a Life Foundation.

Since its inception three years ago, more than one million middle and high school students from 3,500 schools and clubs across all 50 states have participated in the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program. Teachers/Advisors can register for this free program and have their student teams participate in the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online for the opportunity to win over $275,000 in charity grants and $170,000 in technology grants for schools and clubs.

To watch the action, get involved, and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:

Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge, including project submissions, are available at:

About Lead2Feed
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger or other community needs involving a public non-profit (501c3).

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning
The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. FILL is a supporting organization to the International Literacy Association. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

About Lift a Life Foundation
The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In the April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is on the board of directors of the World Food Program USA.Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2014 and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.