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The SELF Movement and The Allstate Foundation Partner to Build Better CommunitiesLocal nonprofit provides high school students with opportunity to earn money for college through program that is committed to developing leadership skills and building sustainable community improvements
JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 16, 2011) — Standardized testing, maintaining grade point averages, after school jobs, deciding which college is the right choice, and the fear of paying for higher education can be a lot to handle for many local high school students. The SELF Movement, a new Jacksonville nonprofit, is devoted to strengthening the future leaders of our community and lightening the financial burden of their higher education. Through an innovative and educational new program, students can earn up to $50/hour while gaining an understanding of the Jacksonville community, invaluable exposure to and education from seasoned local leaders, and support for effective decision making.
The SELF Movement’s flagship program, Learn Earn Give, kicked off April 16 with a leadership conference hosted by Lt. Commander Emeka Ofobike, MD, US Navy, Dr. Judith A.M. Smith, President and CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville, and Liz Mahin, CFO of Allstate Benefits. The 23 local high school students in attendance from Samuel W. Wolfson, Bolles, Ponte Vedra, and A. Phillip Randolph high schools are now eligible to complete 10 or more hours of community service with local nonprofit organizations to earn as much as $1,000 in individual scholarships (including a $500 bonus scholarship to the student that volunteers the most hours). This unique learning opportunity provides both classroom style leadership development as well as hands on, practical applications in the real world. Amid the endless benefits to high school students lies the creation of sustainable advantages like free education and shelter for the perceived less fortunate of our community.
The SELF Movement’s initial scholarship program is funded in large part by a $10,000 donation from The Allstate Foundation. The next leadership conference will be held this summer and will feature Florence Haridan, Executive Director of Character Counts!, Scott Randles, Senior Vice President of Allstate Benefits, and W. Earl Kitchings, motivational speaker and Owner of EKG Sport and Entertainment Services. To learn how to get involved as a volunteer or a speaker, or to apply to the Learn Earn Give program, please visit www.theselfmovement.org.
About The SELF Movement:
Founded on a commitment to developing well-rounded leaders of the future, The SELF Movement was incorporated in the State of Florida on April 14, 2010. The SELF Movement encourages a lifelong commitment to volunteer Service, supplements classroom Education with real-world experience, builds Leadership qualities in current and future generations, and provides a Foundation for overcoming adversity. The SELF Movement is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and in compliance with all applicable laws of the State of Florida.
About The Allstate Foundation:
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream.# # #
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