Parents Step Ahead and State Farm Kick Off a Series of Seminars for College Preparation and Career Readiness with Garland Event

Oct 14, 2010, 15:04 ET from Parents Step Ahead

DALLAS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- State Farm Insurance Companies has awarded a Good Neighbor Citizenship® grant in the amount of $15,000 to Parents Step Ahead to support their Parent Involvement Program about college preparation and career readiness. 

The first Parent Involvement Program event to use the State Farm funding will be held in Garland, Texas at W.C. Daugherty Elementary School, 500 W. Miller Rd., Garland, TX 75041, on October 28, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. This event is the kick-off for a series of parent programs that feature seminars on college preparation and career readiness, offering guidance on how to apply for college and federal financial aid. The W.C. Daugherty parent program also will include seminars on immigration rights and parenting with love and logic.

"We are thrilled to partner with State Farm® in this initiative that helps alleviate parents' anxiety and confusion about the college-going process.  State Farm's contribution will ensure that many parents have the tools to give their children a better opportunity to succeed in the future," said Lupita Colmenero, Chair and Founder of Parents Step Ahead.  "Our goal is to help parents become their children's personal counselors and cheerleaders, which will make college preparation and career readiness more attainable."

Parental involvement is crucial in the college-application process, Colmenero explained. Students need their parents' support and parents need to work with their children on filling out applications and deadlines.

Parents Step Ahead partners with local, Dallas-Fort Worth area school districts, community organizations and businesses to host school-based parent programs that educate parents on the importance of parental involvement and provide them the tools needed to be proactive in their children's education. For more information on the Parents Step Ahead Parent Involvement Program, please contact Parents Step Ahead at (214) 357-2186.

About Parents Step Ahead

Parents Step Ahead is a 501-C3 nonprofit organization with a mission "to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children." The organization works in partnership with school districts, corporations and community organizations to offer a series of school-based programs for parents of all backgrounds throughout the school calendar year. Educators, motivational speakers, community volunteers and parenting experts present seminars on topics such as gang awareness, drug use prevention, underage drinking, computer literacy, Internet safety, raising kids with love and logic and health and financial issues. Programs focus on ways parents and legal guardians can be involved in their child's life and the difference their involvement can make. www.parentsstepahead.org.

About State Farm®

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.

SOURCE Parents Step Ahead



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