Dallas, TX (December 14, 2012)
Junior Achievement of Dallas has received a $25,000 service-learning grant for a financial literacy service-learning project from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.
Junior Achievement of Dallas is one of 68 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led State Farm grant across the United States and Canada.
"Junior Achievement's program will inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy," said Gustavo Resindiz, State Farm's YAB member from Texas. "Service-learning is an excellent way to engage students outside of the traditional ‘chalk and blackboard’ model, and our board really liked this project's core goals."
"Junior Achievement of Dallas is thrilled to have the support of our High School Heroes program from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board," said Jan Murfield, JA Dallas President. "This program provides high school students who have a passion for making a difference with a service-learning opportunity to mentor and teach elementary students JA programs."
"State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility," said Mark Cockerham, State Farm's Vice President of Agency for the DFW area. "The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farm's commitment to education, our youth, and our community."
The donation from State Farm was presented at the JA of Dallas Board of Directors meeting on Friday, December 14, at the Junior Achievement Business Center on 1201 Executive Drive West in Richardson.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has awarded over $24 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning efforts in 397 communities. More information can be found at www.statefarmyab.com.
Gary Stephenson, State Farm Public Affairs, (501) 350-4440
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Dallas provides programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. During the 2012-13 school year, 3,450 business volunteers will serve North Texas elementary, middle and high school classrooms, reaching more than 42,000 students.
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