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Apply for a Project Ignition Grant!

Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens.

That statistic comes from the Project Ignition website, sponsored by State Farm and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council.

What can FCCLA chapters do to change this statistic? One way to address this project is through the Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) program. FACTS projects often involve partnering with community agencies and programs such as Project Ignition. Here is information directly from the Project Ignition website -

What is Project Ignition? It’s a grant program that uses service-learning to help address teen driver safety issues. Here’s our challenge to students in grades 9-12 and their teachers or advisors: Work together to develop a campaign to address the issue of teen driver safety in your community. How you choose to do that is completely up to you! With any service-learning project, the goal is to make an impact in your community in the most creative way possible. The only limit is your imagination. Each year, schools whose campaigns are judged to be among the top 10 in the nation receive $5,000 to help cover expenses to come to The National Service Learning Conference. There, they showcase their great work, one campaign is named the Best of the Best and that team presented with a $10,000 grant to continue its teen driver safety efforts.

Teen driver safety projects must take place between September 2009 and December 2009. Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 25 schools. For complete details on the application process, please visit the Project Ignition website. Applications are due June 30, 2009.

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