Award recognizes the Youth Council's work to promote safer driving awareness among teens
North Little Rock, AR. December 5, 2012 –Officials from State Farm recognized, today, the North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council (NLRMYC) with a $2500 grant for the Council’s efforts to raise awareness among their peer group, and younger students, on auto travel safety.
The NLRMYC, directed by Jan Scholl, and composed of North Little Rock students, submitted a community service proposal to State Farm for a campaign to raise awareness in city elementary grades, as well as providing infant safety seats to teen mothers. The proposal was accepted by State Farm, and a $2500 grant was presented at NLR Mayor Patrick Henry’s office.
State Farm spokesman, Gary Stephenson, said, “We are very pleased to once again award a grant to the Mayor’s Youth Council. State Farm has had a long-term interest in reducing teen crashes. Being able to recognize and support student leaders who are also working to raise awareness and promote youth travel safety is very gratifying to us.”
NLRMYC Director Scholl expressed gratitude for the award, and stated the “Think SAFE: Seatbelts Are For Everyone” program originated by Youth Council member, Raygan Sylvester, was a perfect fit for the grant.
Sylvester, a Junior at NLRHS, said, “Our goal for the grant is to start Think SAFE Councils in area elementary schools where safety is a monthly topic with contests and rewards; present Teen Driving 101 in high schools with information for teens and parents; and to assist teen mothers in obtaining car seats for their infants so that they can travel safely”.
The presentation was made at Mayor Patrick Henry Hays office in North Little Rock.
Traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the nation.State Farm is the leading insurer of autos in Arkansas, and the United States.
In August 2009 and 2010, and in July 2011 and 2012, State Farm's Strategic Resources Department used an outside panel vendor to conduct an online survey of U.S. consumers ages 18+. Survey responses were received from approximately 1,000 consumers each year, who identified themselves as having some insurance and financial responsibility for their household.
Only responses from consumers who had a valid driver's license, owned a cell phone, and reported driving between 1 and 80 hours per week were used when reporting the findings of behavior-based questions. Responses from all respondents were used for the attitudinal questions.
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Gary Stephenson, Public Affairs Specialist, (501) 615-6004.
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