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State Farm Go to Bat Program

July 30th, 2011

SkillsUSA is rallying all its fans to help support participation in the Go-To-Bat program, an online, charitable initiative driven by State Farm’s commitment to helping communities get to a better state. As a Go-To-Bat charity, SkillsUSA has an opportunity to win one of the weekly $18,000 donations that will be awarded during the second half of the Major League Baseball (MLB) season. Supporters can help rally for their favorite cause and increase SkillsUSA’s shot at capturing a donation along with giving themselves a chance to win a trip for two to the 2011 World Series.

SkillsUSA supporters and baseball fans can visit, select SkillsUSA on the website, then swing for the fences in the State Farm Go-To-Bat game to increase the batting average of SkillsUSA. Once a week, for 10 weeks, State Farm will choose the charity with the highest Go-To-Bat game batting average and make a donation of $18,000 in support of its cause. Also, an individual winner who goes to bat for the winning charity will be randomly selected and receive a trip for two to Games 3 and 4 of the 2011 World Series. A total of 10 winners will be drawn during the Go-To-Bat program, which stretches through the baseball summer and concludes on September 26.

Fans can increase both their chances and SkillsUSA’s chances of winning by returning daily to and playing the online State Farm Go-To-Bat game. Players can earn additional entries and increase their chances to win by sharing their participation on Facebook.

The Go-To-Bat program will culminate during the 2011 MLB World Series with a pre-game ceremony showcasing its collective impact and recognizing the individual winners and the winning charities. Also, State Farm will announce and present a $25,000 donation to the charity that finishes the promotional campaign with the highest Go-To-Bat batting average.

The game is more fun than last year and easier, too. You can play up to three times a day. Just register and play ball.

New STEM Competition

July 30th, 2011

Do you have an exciting partnership that brings STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) talent to students and teachers in our nation’s public schools? Do you know of new, innovative programs that could contribute to this movement? Can your skills and experience help share STEM content while showing students the exciting opportunities that STEM learning enables?

In partnership with Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Opportunity Equation, Ashoka’s Changemakers is hosting a competition to unleash the talent of professionals in STEM-related fields to engage students, particularly the highest-need students, in rich STEM learning. Partnering for Excellence: Innovations in Science + Technology + Engineering + Math Education, an online collaborative competition, will spur creative ways for companies, universities and other organizations with expertise in the STEM fields to partner with the public schools that need their talent.

Ashoka’s Changemakers is looking for models that bring STEM expertise into public schools, using resources from the private and not-for-profit sectors in new ways to further student learning designed with a “long-term, part-time” approach. Compelling entries will embed shared accountability for student achievement for both the partner organization and the school in their design.

Winners are eligible for more than $150,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Ashoka’s Changemakers is partnering with distinguished leaders — the Jhumki Basu Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Amgen Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Google, The Mind Trust, AFT Innovation Fund and Noyce Foundation—to bring great STEM talent to schools.

Submit your innovative solutions by 5 p.m. EDT on August 3, 2011. This opportunity could help improve and expand an existing STEM program, or provide start-up funding for an initiative that is only in the “Idea phase.”

For more information, visit, or if you have any questions please contact Alex Beyard at

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