Westercamp Named to State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Jeralyn Westercamp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been selected to serve as an associate board member for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.
She is one of 18 from across the United States and Canada selected through a competitive process based on youth leadership experience and an interview. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board includes students ages 17 to 20. As a leadership board, they oversee a $5 million-a-year State Farm-funded initiative.
The board members will oversee the awarding of grants to student-led service-learning projects, which will address important community issues like teen seat-belt use and disaster preparedness. They will work in a virtual environment and convene for four meetings throughout the next year. The first 2011-2012 board meeting will be at State Farm’s Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, Ill., on January 5.
“I am honored and thrilled to be a member of this board,” Westercamp said. “Service learning is my passion.From my work with the two nonprofit organizations I founded, I see the benefits of service learning. I look forward to working with all of the members of this outstanding board.”
Westercamp will serve a one-year term with the opportunity to serve an additional year. She will commit about 15 hours a month to the board. As an associate board member, Westercamp will receive a $3,000 scholarship. She will be considered for a second term as a board member and an additional $5,000 scholarship. Board members use the scholarships for postsecondary education at a four-year, two-year, or vocational training program.
“These exceptional students are already leaders in their communities,” said Terry Barton, State Farm’s vice president for Iowa. “This investment in young people reflects State Farm’s sincere commitment to tapping into the passion and expertise of our younger generation.”
In February, the board awarded grants to youth-led service-learning projects that addressed disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, environmental responsibility, and access to higher education/closing the achievement gap.
Board members represent each of the 12 U.S. State Farm zones, the Canadian zone, and represent our national service-learning partnerships.
For more information about the State Farm Youth Advisory Board visit www.statefarmyab.com.
Contact: Lesanne Fliehler, Dean's Office, 319-335-0859