State Farm Youth Advisory Board awards Habitat support for House that Youth Built
Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is proud to announce it has been named an awardee of a State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant. The State Farm Advisory Board is a cohort of 30 youth leaders charged with distributing $5 million of funding to youth-led, service-learning projects that affect change across the nation. Habitat in Monmouth will use the funds to support its third House that Youth Built project. The House that Youth Built is a youth based service project that engages schools and youth organizations from across its Monmouth County service area to help raise the funds needed to help a family in need have a home or return home after a disaster. The first House that Youth Built project was completed in Port Monmouth for the Henn Family, who lost their home during Hurricane Sandy in 2015. The second project is currently underway for the Nolan Family in Long Branch.
"Engaging youth is such a vital component of Habitat's mission, we applaud State Farm and its Youth Advisory Board for investing in our community," said Nancy Doran, board president of Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County. "We are excited to continue to work with local youth, especially in partnership with the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, on our third House that Youth Built project," she added.
"State Farm is committed to helping life go right for families and communities by supporting the great work of the Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County", said local State Farm Agent Brenda Skinner. She added that "through partnerships like this we live our commitment of being here to help through all phases of life. We wish the Nolan family many years of happiness in their new home."
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is one of the nation's most unique philanthropic programs. Thirty youth from across the country are charged with implementing a $5 million-a-year signature philanthropic grant budget. Through two separate grant programs, the YAB addresses issues critical to communities across the U.S. and Canada by providing grants of up to $100,000 to schools and nonprofits. Grants must address an unmet community need, empower young people, be sustainable, and incorporate all of the elements of service-learning.
For more than four years, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth has engaged high school youth through its Campus Chapter program. Presently, four high schools are recognized Campus Chapters: Rumson-Fair Haven High School, Marlboro High School, Manalapan High School and Long Branch High School. They join a broad network of area youth clubs, colleges and universities who also volunteer with the affiliate. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity's youth programs, including Campus Chapters.