March 29th, 2012
Did you know that every 26 seconds a young person in the United States drops out of high school? You can help turn that statistic around by participating with SkillsUSA in the 26 Seconds Campaign. By doing so, you can win prizes, scholarships, and help SkillsUSA and the student drop out crisis in the process.
Here is what to do:
Help take back the stat by taking the pledge to graduate via the BMOR Project on Facebook (facebook.com/26seconds). When you pledge, select SkillsUSA as your affiliation. Then, return to the BMOR Project regularly to participate in the new activities that launch on the 26th of each month. Not only will you be eligible to win prizes, you can also help SkillsUSA. The organization with the highest number of graduation pledges and activity participants per month wins a grant.
Right now, in addition to a chance to win monthly prizes when you participate, you’ll also receive a 26 Seconds t-shirt just for pledging. The online activities are fun, easy and show you how to channel your interests into a future after graduation. The grand prize is an end-of-the-year celebration that one lucky student will bring to their school and community. But, you must complete at least 5 of the activities to be eligible for the grand prize.
Plus, you can share videos, photos, projects (like SkillsUSA’s Student2Student program), artwork and creative writings on the Facebook page. By doing so, your creativity may also be chosen to be featured on www.26seconds.com. Shine a light on you, your school and the importance of high school graduation.
Visit 26Seconds.com and the Facebook page to see what students like you are doing and share your story.
December 15th, 2011
Online applications are available for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships at: www.26seconds.com.
Interested students should take action as soon as possible, as there is a 360 application limit. High school seniors with a GPA of 2.5-3.2 can apply for the 26, two-year, $2,500 per year, scholarships to be used for higher education or technical school attendance. The scholarships are provided by the State Farm Companies Foundation.
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 www.statefarm.com/gotobat, 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 www.statefarm.com/gotobat 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.