FeelGood is a non-profit youth movement working to end global hunger by 2030. We currently have chapters on 25 college campuses across the U.S. and two certified partner organizations active throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
On each campus, FeelGood students engage in a multi-faceted training program, gaining the knowledge and skills to run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli—to raise money and build public support for a systemic approach to hunger eradication.
We recognize that hunger is part of a complex web of social, economic and environmental issues that intertwine the developing and developed world. That’s why our approach is both:
DOMESTIC though the education, training and empowerment of U.S. college students as influential and strategic changemakers for the end of hunger, and
INTERNATIONAL through partnerships with successful and systemically-focused global aid organizations executing proven empowerment-based development strategies. These organizations receive 100% of the money FeelGood students raise through on-campus deli operations.
Being part of the FeelGood movement is not only a way to help build a better world. It’s also a way to gain many of the critical skills you need to thrive in the 21st century—leadership, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and so much more.
So if you’re in college and have the interest, passion and perseverance to grow the movement while growing yourself, we’d love to talk. Start by filling out the application request form.
The UN, the World Bank, and other institutions and organizations across the planet now agree: ending extreme hunger and poverty is essential to our collective survival, and achievable by 2030. Never before has the world been so aligned, or this movement so empowered.
And thanks to our close partnership with two of the best international aid organizations on the planet—The Hunger Project (THP) and CHOICE Humanitarian (CHOICE)—FeelGood students never lose touch with their integral role in this powerful global network.
THP and CHOICE are FeelGood's two certified partner organizations, and the recipients of 100% of the money FeelGood students raise through their deli operations and other fundraising initiatives. Committed to an ethos of “partnership, not charity,” both organizations have a proven track record of sustainable hunger eradication, and are guided by four essential principles:
For more information on these four principles, download our whitepaper.
"I've witnessed the power of the FeelGood program. It fosters the very knowledge and skills we need to meet today's complex global challenges, and to finally realize the dream of a world free of hunger and poverty."
DR. JAMES MAYFIELD. CO-FOUNDER, CHOICE HUMANITARIAN.
"I am continually impressed by the complete and thoughtful understanding FeelGood students have of the complex issue of chronic hunger. This type of critical thinking from students around the country, combined with the passion and ability to creatively mobilize much need resources, is one of many elements fueling my belief that the end of hunger is within reach."
MARY ELLEN MCNISH. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE HUNGER PROJECT.
If you’re ready to add your voice to this powerful movement and become a social entrepreneur for the end of hunger, the FeelGood community will be there every step of the way to help ensure your success. Individual and team-based coaching, rich online and offline educational resources and experiences, investment capital, as well as access to a growing global network of experts in international development, business development and leadership training, are all available to get your social enterprise for the end of hunger up, running and profitable.
Earn $750+ in start-up capital through our dynamic online platform, Cheese World, and two full scholarships for the 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute in August 2014 (travel not included).
Leadership training, conferences, webinars, international travel opportunities, on-demand consulting and support.
Marketing materials, operations and recruitment tools, online resources, curricular modules and training.
Access to our global network of committed social entrepreneurs. Membership in our alumni organization (FeelGood4Life) after graduation.
FeelGood accepts team applications on a rolling basis. Accepted teams enter a 3-4 month “Launch Pad” phase where they complete a series of initial steps to lay the foundation of a thriving FeelGood chapter on their college campus. During this time, teams earn valuable “Cheese Points” that turn into investment capital for their deli. The Cheese Points become available upon successful completion of the Launch Pad.
Once the Launch Pad is completed, teams are recognized as an official FeelGood Chapter and are expected to send a minimum of two chapter leaders to the Big Cheese Summer Institute: FeelGood’s 5-day intensive training held every year in August. The next Big Cheese will be held August 6-10, 2014 in Allenspark, Colorado.*
STEP 1: Request an application using the form below. We will then send you a link to the online application form.
STEP 2: Complete and submit the online application.
STEP 3: Within one week of receiving your application, you’ll be contacted to set up an interview between FeelGood staff and at least three members of your founding team.
The interview will be conducted by phone, Skype or Google Hangout, and will take approximately 45 minutes. Given the considerable investment FeelGood makes in each individual chapter, the interview is considered an essential component of the selection process. It is crucial that at least three members of the leadership team be present.
STEP 4: Within one week of the interview, you will be notified of your team’s acceptance status.
STEP 5: Admitted teams will immediately begin the Launch Pad process. Upon completion of the Launch Pad, you’ll have the opportunity to begin earning investment capital for your chapter through completing some initial actions.
*Participating in the Big Cheese Summer Institute is contingent upon the successful completion of the Launchpad. Cost is typically $300/person + airfare. Upon acceptance to the program, your team is eligible for two full registration scholarships to help you meet the minimum attendance requirement (cost of airfare will still need to be covered; additional assistance is available). More teammates can attend at full cost.
BE FAMILIAR WITH OFFICIAL CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS. Before filling out the application, read the Official Chapter Requirements on our website.
APPLY AS A TEAM: A minimum of three confirmed leadership team members are required at time of application, and five leadership team members must be confirmed by date of application acceptance. No more than one leadership team member can be a senior, and all five leaders must be committed to being on campus the first full school year of operation.
FULFILL KEY TEAM POSITIONS: Your team must have at least five confirmed leaders at the time of your acceptance in order to fill these five essential roles: President, Deli Operations Manager, Treasurer, Education & Recruitment Chair, and Marketing and PR Chair. If your team is more than 5, we recommend two people share the role(s) of President and/or Deli Operations Manager. For more on the primary responsibilities for each position, click here.
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