State Farm: Youth Advisory Board Grant Program
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is made up of thirty 17-20 year-old students from across the United States and Canada. Since 2006, the Board has funded more than $28.6 million to unique, youth-led service learning projects. Service learning is a teaching approach integrating service to the community with classroom curriculum through a hands-on approach. Students address community needs while strengthening their academic performance. They also learn civic responsibility and develop meaningful leadership and workplace skills. State Farm focuses its support on school-based service learning for K-12 public schools, teachers, and students. Grantmaking is currently focused on six topic areas:
- Access to higher education/closing the achievement gap: Projects should develop innovative strategies for empowering students to care about and take control of their education. Programs should address STEM development, mentorship, and college readiness.
- Economic empowerment and financial literacy: All types of financial education grants are accepted but there is an emphasis placed on the following topics: career readiness, business skills, financial accountability, and entrepreneurship.
- Arts and culture: Types of projects supported include music, visual arts, digital media, cultural appreciation, performing arts, art-based therapy, and literary arts.
- Environmental responsibility: All service learning projects that spread awareness and create a plan of action addressing any environmental concern are welcomed. Projects may address, but are not limited to, the following: food security, environmental justice, natural resource conservation, and environmental education.
- Community safety and justice: Focus areas within this issue area are: discrimination, driving safety, crime and justice, teen buying, abuse, and natural disasters.
- Health and wellness: Support is provided to projects related to nutrition, physical activity, mental health, sexual health and STIs, substance abuse, and other issues related to health and wellness.
Projects should be initiated, carried out, and designed by youth with support from expert community partners. Projects should also address the root causes of problems.
Amount: Awards range from $25,000 to $100,000.
Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) or another tax-exempt status are eligible for funding to the extent that they collaborate with and engage K-12 public school curriculum and achievement as part of the grant. Additionally, eligible organizations include public K-12 schools and school districts, public charter schools, colleges and universities, and governmental organizations.
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