The State Farm Youth Advisory Board announced that GLSEN Southeast Michigan will receive a $28,044 service-learning grant for the Breaking the Silence Initiative, a natural and societal disaster preparedness service-learning project.
GLSEN – the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network – of Southeast Michigan is one of 64 community organizations to receive a youth-led service-learning grant across the U.S. and Canada.
“GLSEN Southeast Michigan is so excited to receive this grant and appreciates the dedication of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to help us ensure safe schools for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression,” said Jane Kelley, GLSEN Southeast Michigan co-chair. “This project was conceptualized by our youth board, the GSA Alliance of Southeast Michigan.” Students wrote the grant request and will implement the project during the new school year.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted more than $20.7 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning projects in 331 communities.
Applications are available for passionate youth aged 17-20 to become a Youth Advisory Board member. More information can be found at http://www.statefarmyab.com. Applications must be submitted online by October 3.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Advisory Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to grantees.