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.
To expand the movement and increase our impact, we’ll admit up to 40 new teams of undergraduate students from across the U.S. into our spring Launchpad. Teams who successfully complete the Launchpad will be welcomed as new FeelGood chapters for the 2014-2015 school year.
Program applications open September 16. If your team is accepted, you'll be 100% supported to develop the skills needed to succeed as a social entrepreneur and global changemaker for the end of hunger.
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 while FeelGood students contribute to this movement primarily through their on-campus social enterprise, they never lose touch with the global impact of their work, thanks to our close partnership with two of the best international aid organizations on the planet: The Hunger Project (THP) and CHOICE Humanitarian (CHOICE).
THP and CHOICE are not only on the cutting edge of international development, they’re defining it. Committed to an ethos of “partnership, not charity,” both organizations are guided by four principles known to lead to a sustainable end to chronic hunger and poverty:
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.
* All deli proceeds are invested in our two partner organizations, both with a proven track record of sustainably ending hunger: The Hunger Project and CHOICE Humanitarian.
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.
LAUNCHPAD. Lay the foundation for a thriving FeelGood chapter by mobilizing your team, piloting a fundraising initiative, and establishing the feasibility of a deli enterprise on your campus. Just before your school year ends, you’ll reflect on your experience and assess your readiness to move to the next phase.
BIG CHEESE SUMMER INSTITUTE. At least two members if your founding team attend this intensive, 5-day experience along with student leaders from every other FeelGood chapter.
ENTERPRISE LAUNCH. Continue partnering with FeelGood World staff and other experts to successfully launch your on-campus deli enterprise! You’ll recruit a member base, create a business plan, and begin operating your grilled cheese deli to raise thousands of dollars for the end of hunger your very first year.
BE FAMILIAR WITH OFFICIAL CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS. Before filling out the application, read the Official Chapter Requirements on our website. This includes making a commitment to raise $3000 for the end of hunger within the 2014-2015 school year, and sending a minimum of two leaders to attend The Big Cheese Summer Institute in August 2014 (dates & location TBD).* You will be asked to agree to these requirements as part of the application process.
APPLY AS A TEAM: A minimum of three team members are required at time of application; five team members must be confirmed by start of Launchpad in January, no more than one of whom is a senior. All five team members must be committed to being on campus the entire 2014-2015 school year.
FULFILL KEY TEAM POSITIONS: Your team must have at least five confirmed leaders by the start of the Launchpad in January 2014 in order to fill these five essential roles: President, Deli Operations Manager, Treasurer, Education & Recruitment Chair, and Marketing and PR Chair. Once admitted to the Launchpad, you must confirm who will serve in each capacity . 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.
*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 2014 Cohort, 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.
STEP 1: Request an application. We will then send you a link to the online application form.
STEP 2: Complete the online application by November 15. Note: You will need to have at least three members of your team identified to complete the application process, and all five members of identified before the start of the Launch Pad phase.
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. All interviews will take place between November 11 and December 5.
The interview will be conducted by phone or Skype, and will take 30-45 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: All teams will be notified of their status by December 10. Teams accepted into the program will be asked to confirm their enrollment by December 15.
STEP 5: Teams admitted to Launchpad will begin the program together in January 2014. Between your team’s acceptance and the start of the Launchpad, you’ll have the opportunity to begin earning investment capital for your chapter through completing some initial actions.
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