National Education Relationships
State Farm® believes all children deserve access to a quality education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential, help them become good community citizens, and prepare them for the workforce.
Through education leadership efforts, State Farm is impacting students by working with organizations to reduce the nation's dropout rate, making it possible for every child to graduate. Together, State Farm and organizations advocate for better school-based economic and personal finance, and provide support and strong developmental opportunities for teachers.
America’s Promise Alliance (APA)
State Farm works with the APA on efforts to reduce the nation's dropout rate and to ensure the personal and educational success of America's youth through the delivery of Five Promises: Caring Adult; Safe Places; A Healthy Start; An Effective Education; Opportunities to Help Others. To engage students and leaders from communities, faith-based organizations, government and private sectors in combating the high school dropout rate, we have committed to sponsoring dropout prevention summits in every U.S. state by the end of 2010. In addition, we are a lead sponsor in the recently launched Grad Nation campaign which highlights nearly 2,000 of the lowest performing high schools identified by Johns Hopkins. Through Grad Nation, these schools can be targeted and the Alliance can focus on real progress toward its goal to mobilize the nation to cut the dropout rate in half by 2018.
All classrooms should have necessary supplies for students to use to master their learning concepts and reach their greatest potential, which is why State Farm supports DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity. Public school teachers post project requests and the community decides which projects they will support by donating as little as $1 or donating the full project request. Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org will ship the requested funded materials to the school.
State Farm prioritizes funding in specific geographic areas towards classroom projects that assist students achieve success in their post-secondary endeavors and classroom projects that aid in teaching financial education to assist in preparing students for the workforce.
Teach for America
State Farm has long recognized that for students to have the best opportunity to achieve academic success there needs to be a highly-qualified, effective teacher in the classroom. Our teacher quality support is focused on organizations that are providing or supporting strong developmental opportunities for teachers. That's why State Farm joins Teach for America in specific key markets. Teach for America is one of the nation's largest providers of teachers for low-income communities, with a mission to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the country's most promising future leaders in the effort. Teachers, or corps members, go above and beyond traditional expectations to lead their students to significant academic achievement, despite the challenges of poverty and the limited capacity of the school system.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1965, serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. Career and technical education programs are offered in high schools, community colleges, technical colleges and institutes. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. They also provide training for career and technical education instructors to enhance their industry knowledge and teaching skills.
State Farm, through significant leadership from our Claims organization, has worked with SkillsUSA for over a decade. While we continue to focus on keeping students in school and ensuring they are prepared for post-secondary education and the workplace, we have extended our overall education message to support SkillsUSA’s work with the trades that are essential to our business. In 2013, State Farm was awarded a Corporate Champion Award for five years of consecutive support of SkillsUSA.