Skinner West Fine Arts and Technology School will receive a $25,000 grant to make a difference in Chicago
Chicago, IL (May 23, 2012) - After three weeks and more than 1.2 million votes, State Farm® is proud to announce Skinner West Fine Arts and Technology School will receive a $25,000 grant to provide all students with technology education. Skinner was one of 3,000 Cause submissions State Farm received through Cause An Effect, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that relies on non-profit organizations to create solutions to community issues identified by Facebook users.
“Skinner West Fine Arts & Technology School is ecstatic to be the recipient of one of a $25,000 grant from State Farm,” said Sarah Lohman-Staral, a Skinner first grade teacher. “It will be used solely on technology and to create a better future for the students within a competitive technology market. The community, parents, and staff truly pulled together to make this happen.”
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students, reviewed the 3,000 Cause submissions and helped State Farm select the top 100 finalists. State Farm then identified and paired nonprofits with each Cause; the affiliated nonprofits of the top 40 Causes will each receive a $25,000 grant to create and execute a plan to address the Cause.
From April 27 through May 17, the Facebook community was encouraged to visit the Cause An Effect app and vote for their favorite Cause. More than 38,000 people took to Facebook during the three week period; Skinner received 24,832 votes, the ninth most votes in the program.
“The considerable amount of votes Skinner received, shows the level of commitment and engagement within our community to solve local issues,” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President Public Affairs. “We look forward to watching Skinner make their neighborhood safer, stronger, and better educated with the help of Cause An Effect.”
For a complete list of the top 40 Causes or for more information about Cause An Effect, visit the State Farm Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/statefarm).
State Farm Insurance Media Relations Specialist, (309) 735-7745
The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the Cause An Effect program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2012. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmYouth Advisory Board.com.
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