Local Students with a Global Impact

Students of all ages organizing their communities in support of our lifesaving programs
The Hopkins Next Top Royals at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN.
The Hopkins Next Top Royals at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN.

As the school year begins to wind down, I am once again amazed at how students of all ages have played an important role in our mission to end world hunger. Student-led campaigns have educated communities around the United States about severe acute malnutrition, water and sanitation issues, and sustainability. They have organized friends and family members to get personally involved in our mission, acting as Action Against Hunger ambassadors in their communities. The stories below highlight just a few of the amazing student campaigns we’ve been a part of this year, and we’re excited to work with these and new schools in the future!

Leaders for Life

The Leaders for Life team at their Skate Against Hunger benefit event in New Hyde Park, NY.

Leaders for Life, a group of MBA students at Long Island University, was researching nutrition-focused NGOs and immediately felt a connection to Action Against Hunger after reading through our website. After learning more about our mission and discussing how they could use what they were learning in class to support our work, the team organized an online fundraising campaign and a “Skate Against Hunger” benefit event in New Hyde Park, New York.

During the month leading up to their event, we worked together to craft their fundraising strategy and organize a fun and educational event for families in the community. With an appearance from Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, and a raffle that sold over 350 tickets, the Leaders for Life team organized an incredible event that raised enough money to save the lives of 78 children suffering from severe malnutrition. This grassroots movement to educate and motivate people at Long Island University and in the New Hyde Park community to take action against global hunger is a vital part of our mission and shows that a small group can have a big impact.

Hopkins Next Top Royals

Hopkins Next Top Royals Winners and event organizers.

The DECA Club at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN is a group of students interested in developing leadership skills as well as networking with professionals and peers around the world. They plan school events, social outings, and organized a school-wide pageant called Hopkins’ Next Top Royals this year and chose Action Against Hunger as their charitable partner. The fundraiser featured a do-it-yourself fashion show, a talent show, an obstacle course, and a presentation from an Action Against Hunger representative.

The pageant was so successful that the two organizers, Kristina Myankova and Simran Mishra, were given the opportunity to present their project at DECA Nationals, the group’s annual conference where hundreds of DECA representatives from schools around the country gathered in Orlando, FL. This student-led fundraiser helped educate community members about global hunger and the challenges that our beneficiaries face every day, inspired students to get involved, and raised vital funds for our work around the world.

Ramsey High School Empty Bowls Project

Ramsey High School's Advanced Ceramics Class with their Empty Bowls.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international campaign to end world hunger led by artists and art organizations that has raised awareness and funding for Action Against Hunger and other nonprofits for 25 years. Danielle Kotopoulis, an artist and teacher based in New Jersey, has participated in the Empty Bowls Project for a few years and wanted to bring it to her new role as the Ramsey High School Art Teacher.

She proposed the project to her Advanced Ceramics Course and the students were thrilled to use their ceramics expertise to create beautiful works of art that would help children suffering from malnutrition around the world. Each student made two bowls during class, and organized a school-wide sale with information about each bowl and about Action Against Hunger.

The first event of its kind at Ramsey High School was a huge success. As Danielle told me, “I chose Action Against Hunger because of the global impact Action Against Hunger has. I also researched and found Action Against Hunger to be a highly rated, reputable organization. I wanted the biggest bang for our buck!” Danielle is already looking to enhance her class’ Empty Bowls Project next year to further support our lifesaving work and we’re excited to work with her again next year!

If you or a student in your life would like to join our growing community of hunger-fighters, email me at students@actionagainsthunger.org, and let’s work together to change the world!

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About Ryan Head


Ryan leads our community outreach team, engaging schools and community groups across the country in our lifesaving work.