Jeunesse Global - Community Involvement Program of the Year
Company: Jeunesse Global, Lake Mary, FL
Company Description: Jeunesse is a global direct selling company with a mission to impact the world by helping people look and feel young, while empowering each other to unleash their potential. The company’s exclusive skin care and nutritional products make up a comprehensive Youth Enhancement System and are available in 140 countries around the world.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Community Involvement Program of the Year
Nomination Title: Jeunesse Kids — A Brighter Future for Kids Around the World
Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Giving back is not just part of the Jeunesse story, it’s the foundation the company is built upon. Having created previous successful companies, Jeunesse co-founders, Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis were motivated not by their own financial gain, but by the difference they could make in the lives of others through their company and nonprofit foundation, Jeunesse Kids™.
The mission of Jeunesse Kids is to empower communities around the world to give children a brighter future, with an emphasis on acting at the local level through community-based initiatives supporting basic human needs, healthcare, education and protecting abused, neglected and maltreated children. The organization supports local initiatives in all its global regions.
In 2016, Jeunesse raised $1.4 million to support these efforts. Contributions were made at company events and throughout the year at JeunesseKids.org. Localized efforts have included purchasing cancer detection medical equipment for a children’s hospital in Brazil, helping to fund a nonprofit in Portugal providing support to children and teens with intellectual disabilities, supporting children’s hospitals in Rome and Berlin as well as supporting Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Way and foster programs in the United States.
On a larger scale, Jeunesse Kids has partnered with WE Charity to adopt villages in developing countries, providing new school buildings, clean water and sanitation systems, mobile health clinics, agricultural training and development, as well as alternative income and livelihood training, offering a sustainable model to lift children and families out of poverty. Jeunesse has adopted villages in Dao Lazui, China; Irkaat, Kenya and Los Rios, Ecuador. A fourth village adoption is planned for India in 2018.
The company has led annual Bringing Hope service and cultural immersion trips to the villages in China, Kenya and Ecuador, offering the opportunity for company officials and Distributors to witness firsthand the life-changing impact their contributions are having in these communities and to also lend a hand through service projects.
The company’s support of these villages began in 2015 through its Jeunesse Kids nonprofit foundation and has already resulted in life-changing improvements in these three communities centered around five pillars of action (education, clean water, health, income opportunity and food security) that help the community attain self-sustainability with a five-year plan. To date, Jeunesse Kids has funded:
-The building, outfitting and staffing of 13 classrooms.
-The construction of three water treatment systems providing access to clean water for these three communities.
-Health programs to improve community health and wellness
-Income and livelihood training
-Food security programs such as agricultural and animal husbandry initiatives
Jeunesse is also involved in many initiatives in the US and around the world helping communities give children a brighter future. In response to the latest natural disasters, Jeunesse and Jeunesse Kids have provided $475,000 in aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and widespread flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal through in kind product donations valued at $450,000 and cash donations to the Houston Independent School District Foundation and UNICEF.
As part of its 2017 Jeunesse EXPO World Tour, Jeunesse Kids is sponsoring initiatives in each of its world markets, with a collective goal of raising $700,000.
Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated organization (up to 125 words):
Wendy Lewis holds a BA in Sociology and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MED in Educational Psychology, Statistics and Measurement from Temple University. Throughout her professional career, she has successfully applied her strong analytical and interpersonal skills to the top-level management of several companies.
Prior to co-founding Jeunesse, Wendy enjoyed a rewarding career in the technology and direct selling industries, co-founded other successful companies, and spent significant time and resources giving back to those in need.
Wendy is one of just three female founders to grace the list of top 25 direct selling companies in the world, has led two Inc. 500 companies, and has been honored as a female executive leader and entrepreneur with a multitude of prestigious business awards.
Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.