Project Ignition

Project Ignition check presentation by local State Farm agents at Eureka High School on Monday October 19, 2009 at 1:15pm on the blacktop in front of the gym.  We will also be hosting a go-cart driving activity.

Eureka High School EAST Lab- Project Ignition National Finalists
Service-learning grant program brings safety to light with young drivers

Eureka, CA — Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the United States. Project Ignition empowers teens to help address the underlying causes of teen crashes, in their own words and in their own way.

Eureka High School EAST Lab is among this year’s top 25 finalists chosen from applicants nationwide. Students Justine Trepanier and Jaylea Cutter-Falk wrote the grant application, which was one of the top scoring grants ever received by Project Ignition.  Its teen driver safety campaign, “Drive 2 Stay Alive,” will focus on distracted driving.  This includes drinking and driving, use of electronics while driving, drowsy driving and other distractions.  “Drive 2 Stay Alive” will be a school wide thematic unit during the fall at EHS and will culminate this spring with “Every 15 Minutes”- a drunken driving simulation complete with a mock crash, trial and funeral.  EHS EAST will compete for a spot among the nation’s top Project Ignition campaigns. The top 10 finalists will showcase their projects before an international audience at the 20th Annual National Service-Learning Conference in San Jose CA March 2010.

During the Conference, the school whose campaign is judged to be the “Best of the Best” will receive a $10,000 grant from State Farm® to continue its teen driver safety efforts. Campaigns are judged on feasibility, overall impact, learning objectives, content of message, and originality.

Community support and involvement is needed.  Please contact the EHS EAST Lab if you would like to lend your support or expertise to “Drive 2 Stay Alive”.

Project Ignition, a service-learning competition launched in 2004, is designed to help teens spread their own words of driver safety and win grant money for their schools. Sponsored by State Farm and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council® (NYLC), the program gives students in grades 9 through 12 and their teachers the chance to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety — how it affects them, their community, and the world around them.

Find out more at

School Contact
Jennifer Johnson
Eureka High School
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About the EHS EAST Lab
EAST students develop solutions to community-based problems using emerging technology within the context of service learning projects. Service-learning is a teaching method that changes students and communities for the better. It engages students in meaningful service to their schools and communities, integrating the process with established learning objectives. It emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving and tackles real issues such as cancer awareness and prevention, teen driver safety, and disaster preparedness.  Students gain an understanding of the needs of people and the organizations that they represent. In turn, community members, faculty and parents see students developing as caring, productive and positive members of society. EAST students demonstrate confidence in their own abilities to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve over 76 million auto, fire, life, and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.7 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm consistently ranks among the top 50 on the Fortune 500 annual ranking of America’s largest companies.®® (Canada)

About NYLC
For more than two decades, the National Youth Leadership Council has led a movement linking youths, educators and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. That movement is service-learning, and it empowers youths to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of society. NYLC has been at the center of community service and service-leaning programs and policy development since 1983. It annually convenes The National Service-Learning Conference, which includes representatives from all 50 states many other countries. NYLC also offers adult and youth trainings, runs model programs, and develops service-learning materials.