How Caryl Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF's US Fund, Is Empowering Kids to Be Active
As the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 2007, Caryl M. Stern spends her life ensuring that children are put first in 150 countries.
Her life's work stems from the story her mother told her of how her brother and her fled Europe in 1939 without their parents. Terrified by her mother's situation, Stern promised herself she would keep her three sons safe from violence and hatred, The Huffington Post reports.
Currently, statistics show that 50 million children have fled their homes and 28 million are escaping war and insecurity, making her job extremely tough, The Huffington Post reports.
Stern, however treads on.
Since her 2007 position with UNICEF, she has doubled its fundraising revenue, secured multi-million dollar commitments to support children across the world, and created the world's first Wearable-for-Good by launching UNICEF Kid Power.
"UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to get active and save lives," the website states. The initiative launched a wearable bracelet — available at Target — that comes with a free app, that let's kids learn through being active. According to the website, kids earn points by moving that unlock funding for UNICEF. The funds are then used to deliver lifesaving food to severely malnourished children worldwide.
In addition to all her efforts with UNICEF, Stern serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store, the Advisory Board to the WNBA, the We Are Family Foundation, the SEEDS Academy and the Advisory Council of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
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