Just ask the Larson family of Okeechobee, Florida — worthy of our salute and respect during National Dairy Month!

Aerial View of JM Larson Dairy Farm, Okeechobee, Florida (Photo By: Cole Verano)

June is National Dairy Month, and that’s a perfect time for me to turn the spotlight on some personal heroes of mine — U.S. dairy farmers. Specifically, I want to share with you just one astonishing example of the amazing technological innovations that future-focused, hard-working dairy folks are up to. And this story is a personal one for me.

Dairy farmers have always been known as stewards of our land and water. In fact, nobody is more committed to the environment…


The shameful and vicious attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans must stop. We are better than this.

What is it about our country in these tumultuous times that seems to make us crave violence based on a hatred of “the other”?

No sooner have we gotten the memory of January 6 in Washington, D.C. behind us — American turning on American, blue against red, left against right, sister against sister, our beautiful Capitol now wreathed, perhaps permanently, in barbed wire and riot fencing — then we turn on fellow Americans of Asian descent.

Have we lost our minds?

I am sickened and saddened — beyond what I can express — by the shooting spree in the Atlanta…


Students prove time and again that, given a challenge, they rise to the occasion with solutions. Let’s keep their ingenuity center stage, and reward it!

SAP mentors work with AdVenture Capital students from across the country as they participate in the SAP Design 4 Good Challenge. Student teams pitched ideas to create a healthier learning environment, and winners were awarded $1,000 to help implement their ideas.

There’s a piece of wisdom that has worked its way into our collective consciousness that says 10,000 hours of practice are needed to become an expert at something. Yet strangely, when it comes to creating healthier school environments, we rarely consult the expertise and passion of students, whose waking lives are spent in exactly that environment!

One thing I’ve learned in my work is that young people are uniquely qualified to make positive changes in…


Saluting the stewards of our land and our health on National Farmer’s Day.

GENYOUth CEO Alexis Glick visits SwissLane Farms, in Alto, Michigan, which is just outside of Grand Rapids. Glick was hosted by Annie Link, a fourth-generation family member of Swiss Lane, who explained how their program, Dairy Discovery, is a way they provide visitors to the farm a personal connection to their food, while also providing insights for how SwissLane is ensuring a sustainable future through their innovative farming practices.

It’s safe to say that, if you’re like most Americans, you likely don’t have National Farmers Day, October 12, circled on your calendar. But as CEO of GENYOUth, a national youth-wellness nonprofit whose founding partners include America’s dairy farmers, I’m here to tell you that you should!

For the last decade, I’ve been privileged to get more of an inside peek at agriculture than viewed by most Americans. My work with, and on behalf of, dairy farmers to support the health and vitality of our nation’s youth…


In this period of unprecedented events, I know millions of kids who are ready to share their voices. Join me in listening and giving them a platform to speak.

“I started Succulent King for a few reasons, but the greatest achievement I have in starting my company is to be able to give back. Besides hiring employees as we grow, I am still independently running and managing daily interactions. I stay busy, but I never will give up advocating for student wellness and education.” — Student Voice, Taylor

By Alexis Glick

As a mom of four, and the leader of a philanthropy whose mission is to create healthier school communities in partnership with our nation’s schools and our nation’s youth, I feel more strongly than ever that “the youth voice” is not being heard. …


In this period of unprecedented events, I know millions of kids who are ready to share their voices. Join me in listening and giving them a platform to speak.

“In 2018, I saw GENYOUth’s AdVenture Capital Big Idea Challenge Grant, aimed at improving nutrition issues in one’s school community. I applied for the grant and set up an annual six-part cooking workshop series under the supervision of Mrs. Gagliano, our art teacher. I partnered with a local health-focused nonprofit, Live Healthy Appalachia, to teach students how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.” — Student Voice, Hannah

As a mom of four, and the leader of a philanthropy whose mission is to create healthier school communities in partnership with our nation’s schools and our nation’s youth, I feel more strongly than ever that “the youth voice” is not being heard. …


Thank You America’s dairy farmers!

Ar-Joy Farms, LLC., Cochranville, Pennsylvania, Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Hershey

Looking back.

Ten years ago this July, I stepped into the offices of Edelman, the global communications firm, in New York City, for a meeting with America’s dairy farmers. They were in the process of putting together a philanthropy in partnership with the National Football League in support of better nutrition for children, within the context of the fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity.

As a mother of three at the time (now four) and with a career in broadcast media, I fit the mold as a potential board member. But little did any…


In this period of unprecedented events, I know millions of kids who are ready to share their voices. Join me in listening and giving them a platform to speak.

We must heal from all that has occurred in 2020 and for that, we must first unite and rise up together as a society. Being today’s youth, we will surface, we will overcome, and we will create change.” — Student Voice, Viren

As a mom of four, and the leader of a philanthropy whose mission is to create healthier school communities in partnership with our nation’s schools and our nation’s youth, I feel more strongly than ever that “the youth voice” is not being heard. …


In this period of unprecedented events, I know millions of kids who are ready to share their voices. Join me in listening and giving them a platform to speak.

“Through all the madness, I can’t help but to be proud that my uncle, Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter, who is the Scott Waugh Endowed Chair in the Division of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at UCLA. He coined the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.” — Student Voice, Ayanna

As a mom of four, and the leader of a philanthropy whose mission is to create healthier school communities in partnership with our nation’s schools and our nation’s youth, I feel more strongly than ever that “the youth voice” is not being heard. …


In this period of unprecedented events, I know millions of kids who are ready to share their voices. Join me in listening and giving them a platform to speak.

“So, how do we make this change? For one, it is simply not an option to be a bystander anymore. If we want change, everyone needs to speak up. Now is a time better than any to express your opinions and educate the people around you.” — Student Voice, Brody

As a mom of four, and the leader of a philanthropy whose mission is to create healthier school communities in partnership with our nation’s schools and our nation’s youth, I feel more strongly than ever that “the youth voice” is not being heard. …

Alexis Glick

Mom of 4 with Oren. CEO of GENYOUth. Strategic adviser. Former news anchor and financial analyst.

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