Encourage Teen-Driver Safety: National Grant Competition

Last Updated: March 12, 2009

This article appeared in the February 2009 Rural Policy Matters.
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Project Ignition, sponsored by State Farm Companies Foundation and the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), is an annual competition for high school students to promote teen-driver safety. Teams of students create “awareness campaigns” that employ any type or combination of media—television commercials, radio spots, print ads, direct mail, Web sites, special events, hip-hop performances, art exhibitions and more. To participate, school-based teams submit their proposals to NYLC. The top 25 teams receive a $2,000 grant to turn their proposals into a real campaign. Those campaigns are then judged, with the top 10 teams each awarded up to $5,000 to attend NYLC’s National Service Learning Conference, where they present their campaigns to a national audience. The one chosen as Best of the Best earns that school another $10,000 grant to continue its teen driver safety efforts.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2009 for the 2009–2010 school year.

Application and more info: www.sfprojectignition.com
Read more from the February 2009 Rural Policy Matters.