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Friday, March 29, 2013

Service-Learning Grants by The State Farm(R) Youth Advisory Board (YAB), Applications are available until May 3, 2013

The State Farm® Youth Advisory Board (YAB), made up of 30 amazing 17-20-year-old students from across the United States and Canada, has already stepped forward to lead this movement. State Farm pledges $5 million per year to this signature philanthropic initiative to address issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada. Now a little bit about the Board itself. The Board is made up of an amazing, diverse group of students selected from applicants across the United States and Canada. Even though they are full-time students at high schools and universities from Alabama to Ontario – (Roll Tide, Canada!) – Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year.

State Farm divides the United States and Canada into 8 market areas, some of which are single states, and some of which contain multiple states. For the single-state market areas, each is represented by a Board member and an Associate Board member. For the multi-state market areas, there are two Board and two Associate members. The YAB also includes two at-large Enterprise members, who can hail from any region.

What is service-learning exactly? It might sound complicated, but it's really quite simple. Basically, it is the integrating of meaningful community service back into real classroom curriculum, and it's a method that has been proven effective to increase student engagement and impact student achievement. If you'd still like more information, please see our 'Partners' tab, and check out our service-learning partners' websites. They've got TONS of cool stuff over there. (But stay here as long as you want.)

Applications are available until May 3, 2013.

Use these guiding documents to help your application process:

Grant Supplemental Information (PDF) provides more perspective on the research that the YAB has done in various issue areas, and what types of approaches the YAB looks for in that particular issue area. 

Grant Budget Template Sample (Excel) provides an actual copy of the budget that the YAB requires with grant submissions.  Feel free to fill out and practice inputting the numbers!

Grant Application Sample (PDF) gives you an idea of what the actual application looks and feels like.  Feel free to download and print!