STATE FARM YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD GRANTS MORE THAN $795,000 FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
August 22, 2011
STATE FARM® YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD GRANTS MORE THAN $795,000 FOR NATURAL AND SOCIETAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Bloomington, Ill., Aug. 22, 2011– Projects aimed at improving natural and societal disaster preparedness were awarded grants from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. In addition to natural disasters, societal disaster issues such as childhood obesity and domestic violence were among issues within the projects funded.
Service-learning based, youth-led projects focused on disaster preparedness across the United States and Canada were awarded $795,067. The projects are part of a $5 million allocation the Youth Advisory Board administers on State Farm’s behalf.
In addition to the increased focus on health and societal disasters, natural disasters continue to impact hundreds of millions of people each year, and climate changes indicate the numbers may increase.
As a result, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board selected disaster preparedness as one of five issues to address in their grant process. Other issues include environmental responsibility, driver safety, access to higher education/closing the achievement gap and financial literacy. The winning grants clearly outline how youth, through service-learning, can make positive change in their communities.
For a list of funded projects, visit www.statefarmyab.com.
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About the Youth Advisory Board: The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees.