State Farm® Education Excellence
State Farm strongly supports school-based Service-Learning and its role in raising academic achievement while helping solve community issues. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that provides a connection between what is taught in the classroom to application in the real world through research, identification of solutions and service. Discover more about Service-Learning.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Thirty students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada comprise the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board. They are charged with helping State Farm design and implement a $5 million-per-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada.
The board is comprised by a diverse group of students chosen through a competitive application process. Each member will commit about 15 hours per month to the board and participate in four face-to-face meetings during their year of service.
One board member and one associate board member will represent each of State Farm’s 13 zones across the United States and Canada. The Youth Advisory Board also includes a Corporate representative and three at-large members nominated by State Farm’s national service-learning partners — Youth Service America (YSA), National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), and National Service-Learning Partnership (NSLP).
Members of this distinguished youth board play a critical leadership role in the creation and oversight of the initiative that will address four community issues. The 2006-2007 State Farm Youth Advisory Board selected financial education, access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, disaster preparedness and teen driver safety as issues to address through a competitive grant process. The newly seated 2007-2008 board will expand on these issues in areas such as school safety, climate change and community development.
State Farm Youth Advisory Board Web site
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