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Youth Find Ways to Improve Texas Communities
PR Newswire

February, 2010

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) announced that seven Texas Service-Learning programs will receive a total of $442,775 for service-learning projects addressing issues from access to higher education to environmental responsibility.

The seven programs are:

$35,409, Liberty Goes Green Initiative, Liberty High School, LIBERTY

$38,016, Invasive Species Removal, Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition, HOUSTON

$99,350, Heart of Texas - TEEN CERT Collaborative, Education Service Center Region XII, WACO

$60,000, Street Smarts, Desert View Youth Impact, EL PASO

$85,000, Concordia Preserve Study, Concordia University, AUSTIN

$25,000, Youth Diversity Initiative, Boys and Girls Clubs, FORT WORTH

$100,000, Breaking Barriers Through Success, Southwest Key Programs, AUSTIN

More than 1,100 grant requests totaling nearly $80 million were received nationwide. All awardees will be recognized on February 22, as part of International Corporate Philanthropy Day.

"It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just these seven since Texas saw a growth of 152% in grant applications received this last round. As a Board we review proposals and chose the programs that will ultimately have the greatest impact on their community, the most significant need, and are led by youth," said Greg Weatherford, Senior Youth Advisory Board member for Texas.

Each program will be celebrated on February 22, as part of International Corporate Philanthropy Day. Special demonstrations will be held at the individual sites listed above on the 22nd or on a future date to highlight each project. For details on each celebration, contact Amelia Folkes at 512-658-5755.

Youth Aiding Youth

The YAB is unique because it consists of 30 board members from across the country, ages 17-20, who oversee a $5 million grant budget. The Board reviews proposals for student-led service-learning projects and decides which proposals to fund.

"State Farm supports service-learning because it combines community service with classroom curriculum. This gives students a hands-on approach to learning and helps them develop a sense of civic responsibility," said Texas YAB Coordinator Amelia Folkes. "The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farm's commitment to education, our community and our youth."

Visit www.statefarmyab.com for more information about the different projects being funded and about the Youth Advisory Board.

About State Farm:

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and 68,600 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts - more than 78.7 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com(R) or in Canada statefarm.ca(R).

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 a $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. To learn more about the Youth Advisory Board visit statefarmyab.com.



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