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 partnering with organizations to reduce the nation's dropout rate, making it possible for every child to graduate. Together, State Farm and partners advocate for better school-based economic and personal finance, and provide support and strong developmental opportunities for teachers
State Farm firmly believes all students, regardless of where they live, should have access to education based on a set of core standards that prepares them for college level and work place ready work. That's why we partner with Achieve, an independent, bipartisan, non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.
Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE)
The mission of the AEE is to promote high school transformation and to make it possible for every child to graduate and prepare for postsecondary learning and success in life. AEE's mission fits in well with the State Farm education leadership efforts to ensure all children have access to a quality education that will allow them to achieve their greatest potential, preparing them to be active participants in a nation that continues to be global leader.
America's Promise Alliance (APA)
State Farm believes all children deserve access to a quality education to help them achieve their greatest potential, help them become good community citizens, and prepare them for the workforce. State Farm partners 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 the 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.
Council For Economic Education (CEE)
State Farm, along with other companies, government agencies and policymakers, is concerned that consumers lack basic principles of financial literacy and long-term money management skills. That's why we partner with the CEE. CEE advocates for better and greater school-based economic and personal finance education at the K-12 level. State Farm stands behind CEE by collaborating on the development of Virtual Economics (VE) 3.0. VE is a set of comprehensive economic and financial education teaching materials. It enables the development of customized economics and personal finance curriculum by accessing 1,200 classroom tested lesson plans that are aligned with any state's economics standards.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
Every classroom should have a quality teacher, which is why we support the NBPTS. NBPTS is committed to establishing high standards for what accomplished K-12 teachers should know and be able to do. National Board Certified Teachers positively impact student learning by appropriately modifying their practice to meet each child's unique needs. These teachers engage in lifelong learning and seek to inspire their students to do the same.
National Center for Learning and Citizenship at the Education Commission of the States (NCLC)
The NCLC, through State Farm's sponsorship, conducted a three-year research program with schools demonstrating service-learning can improve the academic achievement, and graduation rate of minority and Hispanic students. The participating students demonstrated greater engagement, academic achievement, and rate of graduation with an increased community involvement. The schools that received "Schools of Success Awards" participated in a multiple year program to identify and share these best practices. State Farm sponsors the National Forum on Education Policy, which convenes state and federal policymakers together each year to discuss education policy. Beginning in 2012, there will also be three Regional Summits convening state policymakers and young people to address the education crisis.
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 as a national partner 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.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
Empowering young adults is key to developing successful communities while impacting student achievement and civic responsibility. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board believes in experiential learning that gives students an opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to relevant problem-solving in the community. Engaging young adults as resources enhances their academic experience, cultivates civic responsibility, advances work performance skills, and constructs opportunities for growth and reflection. The power of the YAB is two-fold: Schools and nonprofits benefit from the grant opportunity of up to $100,000, and board members are empowered through the autonomy of creating and implementing the innovative grant program, and through the developmental opportunities that come from serving on a national board.
Youth Service America (YSA)
Students around the world are impacted by Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), YSA's signature event. GYSD is the world's largest annual service event providing opportunities for students to be seen a positive light for contributions they make quietly year round. YSA's primary mission is to make service-learning part of the life of everyone from age 5 to 25. State Farm and YSA further impact students by conducting a Youth Service Institute to help teachers and students identify and share best practices for helping students in the most challenged environments actively engage in their communities. In addition, since 2002, we have awarded 100 Good Neighbor Student Achievement grants. These annual grants of $1000 go directly to public schools and groups working with public schools to implement service-learning, and require there be youth voice in the writing of the grant and in its implementation.
State Farm supports the trades that help keep our promise to policyholders when a loss occurs. For more than a decade, we've invested in SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
Young people are vital to the future success of our nation and our business. Through SkillsUSA, we support the trades essential to our business. This program supports student's academic growth and development, preparing them for tomorrow and allowing them to have significant impact on the challenges we face today. Through SkillsUSA, students achieve education experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. This goes hand-in-hand with State Farm's commitment to empowering youth and giving all children access to a quality education.
"As a business leader, I recognize education as the foundation of a strong economy."
Edward B. Rust Jr. CEO