Generation With Promise

Move more, eat better, change lives!

In 2007, Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, the Nation’s First State Surgeon General, founded Generation With Promise (GWP). Her commitment is to support Michigan’s young people, their families, faith-based organizations, and communities through knowledge and skills, to empower them to create healthy communities where healthy lifestyle choices are the default option.

The program aims to help students and their families Move More, Eat Better, and Change Lives! GWP and local schools work together to improve school environments and the health behaviors of the students. The most exciting part is that the students themselves are leading these changes!

GWP also works with families, community members, and faith-based organizations in Detroit neighborhoods in partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan using Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters™ nutrition education/cooking curriculum.

Our program

Our programs and activities work with students, teachers, schools, parents/caregivers, families, and community and faith-based organizations.

These activities include:

  • Student Action Teams in middle and high schools
  • Cooking Matters™ for Kids, Teens, Families, and Adults
  • Cooking demos and nutrition education at Detroit Community Markets, schools, community and faith-based organizations
  • Teacher trainings, school presentations, and resources

Calling GWP alumni!

Have you ever been on a GWP Student Action Team, participated in one of our Cooking Matters™ classes, or were a Youth Wellness Ambassador? We want to hear from you!

The US Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the Michigan hotline number at (855) ASK-MICH. This material was funded in whole or in part by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by way of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and Henry Ford Health System. These institutions are equal opportunity providers and employers. People who need help buying nutritious food for a better diet, call the toll free Michigan Food Assistance Program Hotline: (855) ASK-MICH.

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Find out about our Generation with Promise program