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One of the most important things we can teach the next generation is social entrepreneurship: how to create viable businesses that improve the world around us.  At HUMAN, we know social entrepreneurship is more than a buzzword, it’s about building a sustainable and healthful future.

Click to learn how a local high school is implementing HUMAN’s social entrepreneurship model.

We donate 10% of our profits to improve childhood nutrition, with a predominate recipient of those funds being HUMAN’s non-profit arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s flagship program, The Young Entrepreneur’s Program, teaches students in underserved areas how to be social entrepreneurs and masters of nutrition.

We recently launched the Young Entrepreneur’s Program at Animo Leadership Academy, a charter high school right in our backyard in Lennox, California.

How does the Young Entrepreneur’s Program work?

  1. A free HUMAN Healthy Vending machine is placed in an underserved school
  2. A student team is selected to “own & operate” the healthy vending business
  3. HUMAN provides entrepreneurial and nutrition education, machine training and guidance
  4. The school earns money and its students become social entrepreneurs!

At Animo Leadership, all profits from the Young Entrepreneur’s Program are going directly back to its sports teams. With physical education a key component to healthful living, we feel this allows the program to come full circle: first, enable healthful living by way of a healthy vending machine; second, teach social entrepreneurship so students are empowered and invested in businesses that better the world; and finally, allow the school to keep profits from the program so that it may continue to invest in promoting movement and healthful choices.

In essence, our young entrepreneurs are undergoing the same healthy vending franchise training that our family of franchisees undergoes at HUMAN’s Business Building Bootcamp (“HB3”). They learn the logistics (i.e. how to work the machine, stock the machine, take inventory, track sales, etc.), how to grow the business (i.e. how to market the machine, host sampling events and think creatively), and how to choose healthful products (i.e how to choose snacks without high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial preservatives, artificial colors and artificial sweeteners). HUMAN is the only healthy vending company to launch a program of this magnitude to truly walk the walk by teaching social entrepreneurship and nutrition to those who need the skills most.

If you would like to be a part of something special by joining our team of social entrepreneurs and entrepreneur developers, now is the time. Consider what Michelle Obama had to say in her recent op-ed, titled “The Business Case for Healthier Food Options,” in the Wall Street Journal:

  • Today, 82% of consumers feel that it’s important for companies to offer healthy products that fit family budgets, according to the Edelman public relations firm.
  • A study conducted by Nielsen revealed that even when many families are operating on tight budgets, sales of fresh produce actually increased by 6% in 2012.
  • In 2011, the Hudson Institute reported that in recent years, healthier foods have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for consumer packaged-goods companies.

As we tell our young entrepreneurs, we all win when we take our lives into our own hands, make the choice to develop ourselves, and improve the world we live in.

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Biomedical Engineer who earned his degree from The Johns Hopkins University & Columbia University. Named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Co-Founded America’s first Pure Play healthy vending company in 2003.
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