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Mayor's Youth Council to receive grant
Mayor's Youth Council to receive grant

On Monday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, a representative from the State Farm Insurance Agency will give the Mayor’s Youth Council a check for $2,500. This money will help the members of the Mayor’s Youth Council visit one of Little Rock’s Sister Cities to learn more about other cultures and how they can develop new ideas to improve their community.

Students in the Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council participate in various monthly volunteer and community service projects throughout the city. In 2010, approximately 150 students have volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Arkansas Arts Center, Wildwood Park for the Arts, Our House Shelter and many other volunteer activities. The program was founded in 1999 based on Colin Powell's America's Promise with the idea that when kids learn to volunteer at an early age, they will continue giving back to the community in their adult lives.

“Volunteerism, community service, and service-learning are areas that State Farm believes should be encouraged and rewarded,” State Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson said. “We commend Mayor Stodola and the City of Little Rock for their efforts in helping these young people become community leaders, and helping them to see the importance of giving and serving their community.”

“Developing our youth is a vital part of growing any city,” Stodola said. “I am grateful for State Farm for their vision, because investing in our youth is truly an investment in the future of Little Rock.”