State Farm Awards $96,250 Grant to Local JJAB

FAMILY YMCA NEWS:

The National State Farm Youth Advisory Board awarded a $96,250 grant to the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) in support of an educational and outreach community garden.

JJAB has contracted with The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.

A small “barn-raising” is set for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, 95 Entrada Dr., in conjunction with the State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant award presentation.

Youth and adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the construction and decoration of a small hoop house at the Co-op, which is a partnering satellite location for the funded community garden project.

This is the second award by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to JJAB for its Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP.)

The funding has provided starter money to mobilize middle and high school youth in support of sustainable healthy eating.

Youth and adult volunteers can paint and decorate the hoop-house from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 23. The hoop house will be used for winter planting and spring seedling starters.

State Farm representatives also will present a commemorative check at 4:30 p.m. to JJAB officials.

“State Farm supports service-learning because it integrates service to the community into classroom curriculum using a hands-on approach to mastering subject material while fostering civic responsibility,” said State Farm Agency Field Executive James Medina.

Funding last year supported the establishment of community partnerships including Los Alamos Public Schools, created curriculum, funded classroom activities, and assisted with the founding of a garden site at Los Alamos Middle School. This year’s award will further develop classroom and community garden efforts.

“The Y is pleased to be the steward of this grant from State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board to our JJAB,” Y Executive Director Linda Daly said. “This demonstrates a partnership of youth helping youth. The Y’s mission is to partner for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, so this aligns perfectly with our vision.”

Local State Farm agent Lou Santoro added, “The Youth Advisory Board is a prime example of State Farm’s commitment to education, our community and our youth. I could not be happier to see the work of our local youth and local nonprofits recognized and supported.”

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has granted over $24 million in grant money since its inception in 2006, empowering youth to implement service-learning in 397 communities.

Additionally, applications are available for interested youth aged 17-20 to become Youth Advisory Board members.  More information can be found at www.statefarmyab.com.

State Farm’s YAB is made up of 30 students ages 17 to 20 from across the county and is charged with advising on State Farm’s service-learning activities.

Anyone interested in learning more about the LAYFP may contact Sylvan Argo at the Y, 662-3100 or sargo@laymca.org.

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