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Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Environment, Garden Clubs, Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To educate, activate, motivate and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, health, fitness, nutrition and total wellness.

Results: Since January of 2011, we have impacted the lives of of over 45,000 students through our programs including: summer camps, workshops, back-to-school initiative, scholarship fund and garden project. We have taught thousands of children the principles of agriculture and healthy eating by teaching them to plant, nurture and harvest a garden. Each year we educate hundreds of students about fitness, nutrition and healthcare through our workshops and summer camp. Additionally, we support the less fortunate by donating thousands of school items such as book bags, lunch boxes and other supplies to underprivileged kids in homeless shelters for back to school. As of 2020, we have awarded $44,000 in college scholarships to high school students for their first year of college. Through our program the Pinnacle Youth Scholarship Fund, deserving HS senior can apply for $1000 scholarship to pay for books or a laptop. These students attend school in Atlanta Public School System or Dekalb County School System (GA) and are the best and brightest who want to major in STEAM, medicine, education or culinary arts. We are making an impact in the community! Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is saving and changing the lives of our youth, one child at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time. Thanks for your support.

Target demographics: children get healthy, fit, educated and empowered. Also to help them get a college education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: a school of 850+ students were impacted by our garden program where we built a garden from the ground up. Also over 700 students receive school supplies at homeless shelters and private schools. In 2020, 6 students received a total of $7,000 in college scholarships.

Geographic areas served: Atlanta

Programs: Gardens are for Kids, Lunch Box Book Bag, Healthy Kids Workshops, Healthy Kids Summer Camp and the Pinnacle Youth Scholarship Fund.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year the Bob Mathis Elementary School was gifted a garden! This has truly been a wonderful experience for our students and staff. The students are super excited to experience first hand what it is like to grow your own food!
I am thankful for Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc. They provided lessons and the perfect connection with the STEM curriculum. The organizer is passionate and dedicated to the work that goes into helping kids to Live Healthy and Thrive!! We are so excited to be a part!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was honored to receive the rising star scholarship. This organization has supported me, not only monetarily but also with words of affirmation, love, and advice. I am very grateful for this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Ta-Merry. The Live Healthy and Thrive Foundation Inc. was the first received scholarship that I received after completing eight applications prior. The foundation impacted my life in multiple ways. The first impact was when the founder called me to announce that I received the scholarship. This was significant because prior to the announcement, I told myself that I was going to stop filling out scholarships because it seemed “impossible” to get school funds. Not only did the scholarship give me hope to complete more applications, but it also funds my current pursuit of higher education.
I am beyond grateful for this organization!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a 2021 scholarship recipient and it really helped me with my college expenses.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is making a difference in the lives of Atlanta's youth. I have attended their annual Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Gala for several years. I have seen and heard the students telling stories of how much the scholarship from LHTYF has helped them. This organization is helping young people to further their education so they can have a brighter future.

Kenekie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lori A. Manns and her organization Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation are a blessing to many children and people in numerous communities, educating them with knowledge about health and nutrition and teaching them at a young age how to cultivate healthy eating by teaching them how to garden and healthy lifestyle living. This organization also gives scholarships to deserving students going to college. As I have sung many years at Lori’s Pinnacle Awards and Scholarship Gala that raises money for the Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation, I have seen the positive impact it has made in the lives of children and the numerous college students that have been blessed with scholarships from it. I give this organization 5 stars for the excellence in care it exuberates to many children and communities. Kenekie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with LH&T for a few years now and their out reach to help the youth build healthier minds and bodies is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I had the opportunity to attend the 2020 Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Gala and I was impressed and overwhelmed with joy to see students walking away with scholarships. They had the biggest smiles on their faces and I salute Ms. Lori Manns on this wonderful organization. I love seeing her working with our students and how this organization promotes children's health, education and wellness. I enjoy seeing the pics of our youth active in the community and living a healthier lifestyle. I highly recommend that more students, including schools, ministries or boys & girls clubs get involved in this organization. Thank you Ms. Lori for your hardwork and dedication to Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc.

LaTrinaC

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation because I have seen their commitment to children in the Atlanta area first-hand. After attending several events produced by LHTYF over the years, I have witnessed the impact they have on Atlanta's youth. This is a great charitable organization benefiting children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first scholarship I've ever recieved, so you could imagine how excited I was to hear that I was being awarded. The Pinnacle Awards were phenomenal, the service was awesome, and communication with Lori Manns was simple and easy. I want to give a GARGANTUAN thank you to the foundation, for I am an incredibly happy and satisfied recipient!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc, thank you so much for your generous work & help with the disparity between low and middle income families concerning hypertension (high blood pressure). Also, thank you for the scholarship award as a Rising Star honoree. This scholarship award is a great help for me to attend college in the Fall. I plan to continue working within my community to bring awareness of high blood pressure linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other preventable diseases among the African American community. I am grateful to the donors and volunteers of this wonderful organization which provides opportunities such as this.
Thank you so much! E. Comer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the impact of Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation on the children- it's Amazing to witness!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The live Healthy and thrive youth foundation has given me the opportunity to be one their recipients and help me out with my first year of college. They have been very kind and helpful to students like me and as well as kids. They are a great non-profit foundation to work with and know about.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has done some amazing work with the Youth in the community. They host great annual summer camp programs to teach nutrition, they also award scholarships to children annually to give them a great start for college and the president of the organization is very passionate in ensuring that the need of their constituents are met!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great and important organization- the mission to emphasize exercise and health in our youths is critical.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud recipient of the Pinnacle Youth Scholarship Fund given by Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing thing that they are doing helping the community and helping students go to school..WOW! I’m so greatful for this organization!
-Andres Calderon

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Tramelle Daniel and I was one the of the Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation scholarship recipients. They saw all my great potential and took a chance on investing in my future. With their help I was able to afford a lot of the essentials I needed for college. Its truly a wonderful organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Raymond Smith and I was a recipient of the Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation scholarship. They gave me the wonderful opportunity to submit an essay and earn money for my future education. Now my tuition is more affordable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rating:5    

 10/30/2019

As father with a young son it is important to me to help create healthy options for our community. I am thankful for Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc. and their work in the community. During this pandemic it was amazing job well done!! I will give it a 5star*****

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter really enjoyed this program, She participated in the fitness tracker program it was great to be part of this positive experience. She enjoyed being able to track her steps and calories during school hours, along with dance practices, 5k training for Girls on the Run and other activities she did daily.

Great program!!
Thanks for allowing us to be apart of it!
Iyuhna and Quaneshia James
5th Grader @ Tuskegee Airman Global Academy

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc. donated seedlings and soil for our school garden. As a school situated in a food desert, our garden is a means to raise awareness about food deserts and to provide families with fresh and free organic produce. The donated garden supplies means we will have a bountiful fall harvest and we will be able to continue to be able to teach sustainability and social justice in a hands on and engaging way. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As father with a young son it is important to me to help create healthy options for our community. I am thankful for Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc. and their work in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed volunteering with Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation at their 5k Walk for the past few years. Watching the families come to get and all the support from the community is great to see and be apart of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've enjoyed being a volunteer for this organization as I have seen the positive impact being made locally and in the community at large. Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation has been a good steward of funding and resources that have produced measurable results for Atlanta's youth. Numerous leadership and community awards can attest to the great impact made on the children served by this fine nonprofit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I am proud to serve as a volunteer for LHTYF. I have seen first hand the impact that this organization is making in the community by giving scholarships to high school students and investing in the education of young people. I look forward to working with this organization again!!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Working with the Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation has been a pleasure. I am impressed with the commitment and dedication towards the mission of the organization which is to provide youth with the educational tools needed to live healthier and balanced lifestyles.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this non-profit organization since its inception. Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is making a big difference in the community. They host 5K events to encourage families to get fit and exercise together. They build gardens in schools. They host camps to teach kids about wellness. They give scholarships to high school students for college. Simply put, this non-profit is changing lives for the better in the Atlanta area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am still floored by the creativity and impact the live healthy and thrive organization has in the Atlanta community. I hope that with the extremely generous scholarship endowed to me by the organization, I can continue to make strives in nutrition and education within my college. Thank you so much!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I participated in a 5K for the first time with LHTYF. It was a great day to gather the community and be active! We provided snacks, a ton of health education, activities for the kids and fun! I'm proud of the work we do and know we are making Health Matter!!!

komara3

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic Atlanta-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that truly cares about the well-being of the children in our community. The organization is very active in the community with retailers and partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles for the entire family. Most recently, LHTYF partnered with Sevananda to promote the Unite for Healthy Kids 5K Walk and Run, which was great. LHTYF encourages families and children to engage in physical exercise and healthy eating habits as a family unit which builds life-long healthier habits.

Additionally, we just finished the Healthy Kids Summer Camp program that provides kids with interactive health lessons including cooking demonstrations, fitness routines, and wellness exercises. What a fantastic educational health-focused program focused on reducing obesity, diabetes, and risk of heart disease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a scholarship recipient of this years program with Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation and I am very grateful to be blessed by such an empowering group.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We give the Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc. five stars and two thumbs up! They are awesome! Ms. Lori Manns and her staff have created a foundation that reaches out to the community and aids children in academics, health, nutrition, well-being, and so much more. Their tireless acts and compassion has spread rapidly and has definitely made a difference. My daughter, Whitney, was one of the 2018 scholarship recipients. We are very blessed to have had this amazing opportunity!!

Nicole & Whitney

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was awarded the 2018 live healthy and thrive scholarship and it was an honor. Not only is the program and it's mission notable, but the application process was unique and proved how important service and education is for this non profit. I will remain eternally greatful for the scholarship.

Ashley Monroe C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a supplier for the annual Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Gala and I have witnessed first hand the impact this organization is making in the lives of so many youth and the communities where they live.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Decatur Adventist Junior Academy (DAJA) is the place where education fosters dreams and a place where children are guided to align with the concept of unlimited possibilities.
We are excited to partner with Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc. (LHTYF). Recently, LHTYF has donated a dual container raised garden bed along with 30 bags of soil to your school which helps us with creating our Sensory Garden. Additionally, LHTYF donated school supplies at the beginning of the school year to assist us with our Community Service Program as we provide a quality education to members of the Clarkston Refugee Community. The thoughtfulness and willingness of LHTYF to support DAJA far exceed all that we anticipated, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you.

Jennifer493

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization is changing the lives of our youth in many ways and helpful to our communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome! LHTYF has done great work in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A dynamic organization changing the lives of our children!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc., donated a garden to our school through the Gardens are for Kids program. We had a pleasant experience with the organization from grant application to receipt and implementation. Our students loved planting the garden. We are looking forward to using it as a part of our STEAM curriculum. Thank you LHTYF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation Inc is an "A Plus" nonprofit doing much needed work in the Atlanta Metro Community. I have worked with them many times and I can tell you they are one of most professional organizations to work with. The most important thing is how they teach the Kids how to grow their food. Creating the gardens give kids further insight on what it takes to get food to the table. This also gives a children other ideas about careers they want to venture into. LHTYF President Lori A Manns has built a fabulous organization from the ground up. She is indeed a trailblazer...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love how this organization encourages healthy options for kids and adults.

Marvin P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time meeting new people for a great cause for kids. The run is growing each year. I seem to meet new people behind this growing cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is phenomenal. Live Healthy and Thrive came to our summer camp and taught the students how to live healthier and positive lives. The volunteers were very professional, friendly and patient while working with the campers. They provided learning opportunities for all of the campers ranging from ages 5 to 12. The campers were amazed at their learning experiences. Their parents were asking about the program due to the impact it left on the campers. I look forward to working with this organization again.

Donor

Rating: 5

The president of this Foundation is extremely processional and genuinely cares about the youth in our community! Proud to partner with her!

Teresa F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation Inc. is a great organization. My son received a scholarship for an essay regarding hypertension in his family and community. He received his award at a banquet. The program was very well organized and the food was superb. This organization really cares about the youth and their success in the future. Ms. Lori Manns is a beautiful person who provides exceptional customer service. I have donated to this organization and will continue in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have been volunteering for LHTYF for 4 years now. It had been a honor working with Lori. In her mission seeing the next generation become healthy adults.

Shirleyse H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy working with this group because of their mission and work with the youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this group for over 2 years and I am so happy I do. I love the fact we are helping kids learn about healthy habits and helping kids with college.

Arlene Denise R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps our youth to become healthier and remain that way through educational workshops and activities to help them make better choices. I support the efforts of this foundation because it is giving our youth the tools to live healthier and to thrive as they get older.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization visited my niece's elementary school and helped the students start a garden. Now she has her own mini garden at home with tomatoes and herbs. I love how they motivate and educate youth.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are thousands of non-profits. The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation has closed the gap between serving kids’ educational needs and guiding them in the habits of good health. I chose to support LHTYF because they are teaching the next generation to be stronger, smarter and healthier adults. -Pollie M.

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s always wonderful to contribute to an organization that furthers the health and wellness of the next generation, and the Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation does just that!

Donor

Rating: 5

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is doing a great job in the community. Children are definitely learning more about healthy lifestyles through the work of this organization because of their camps and garden program. I am proud to support their work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation Inc!! Thank you for all that you do for our youth. It's an amazing feeling to see the hard work and dedication that this foundation gives to the next generation. Promoting health and wellness is something that is very much needed in our community and I'm glad to see all of the wonderful efforts shown by Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation!!

Great job and keep up the excellent work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The kids really enjoyed this program so it was great to be part of this positive experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program. The children at the Narvie Summer Enrichment Camp love the teachers and volunteers. The information and activities are great.
Thanks for sharing with the children of Narvie and DeKalb.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity and very good at getting the community involved in their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fitness professional Tiffiny, and I volunteered with LHTYF by teaching a fitness class with one of their participating schools. I really enjoyed working with the kids and had so much fun working with Lori Manns, the president of LHTYF. The kids were excited and it also helped promote the idea that physical activity and healthy eating can be a positive experience. I will continue to promote and help LHTYF in order to make sure the children of our community live a high quality and amazing life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for a year. It has been an honor to serve with the organization and engage with the community. Its amazing to see the kids smile and be excited about health education. The impact LHTYF has made in the community with children is phenomenal!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are an elementary school in metro Atlanta with a group of teachers desperately wanting to start a science club and garden club. We applied for the grant from Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation and received it this year. Can I say AMAZING? This foundation gave us an amazing garden that students were able to help plant. Our students were able to transfer their classroom instruction outside to the planting of a garden and are still able to transfer learning through the maintenance of the garden. This was a priceless opportunity for our students! We can't wait for our crops to be ready and for our students to experience the "fruit" of their hard work and learning!!! Thanks LHTYF!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first became aware of this organization a couple of years ago when I attended a walk that they did for the youth and bringing awareness. And was very impressed with the way it was put together and the how the organizer truly cares about better healthy living for youth & families. I look forward to attending the gala this year in support of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.

Donor

Rating: 5

Managed by a professional who stays true to her mission

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Live Healthy and Thrive is a great organization! I attended the
Gala last year and I was so impressed with the impact this organization has in the community. I was so glad to know that there is an organization that cares about our children and their future!

Thanks LHTYF!

Kim_232

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello -- "Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation" are an out-of-sight group of individuals committed to good civic duty. I have personally witnessed the wonderful works of this organization from planting gardens in neighborhood schools to sponsoring college tuition awards to prospective high school student to further their collegiate goals. I am very enthused by the "Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation". = KA

Mayyada H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It brings me great joy to share my experience with "live healthy and thrive youth foundation". I spoke with a group of young people about hypertension and diabetes. The children were so enthusiastic and remained engaged througout the presentation. They learned how important it is to live healthy lifestyles and to inspires others to do the same. I feel all children should receive what these children receive from this vital foundation!