Pace Center for Girls, a nationally recognized model that provides education, counseling, training and advocacy to more than 3,000 girls and young women each year, received an $85,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to advance girls’ understanding of distracted driving and the safe operation of motor vehicles.
The funding supports Pace’s service-learning program designed to help girls engage in leadership development and give back to their local communities.
“Pace believes that a holistic approach to safety ensures our girls can thrive,” said Mary Marx, President and CEO of the Pace Center for Girls. “Distracted driving is a public health threat, especially among young people, so we’re grateful to State Farm for investing in Pace and giving us the opportunity to improve our guidance, our studies and our life skills training on this topic.”
From April 19-22, Pace held a week-long initiative at its 21 Florida locations where girls took classes, developed art projects and heard from guest speakers including State Farm officials, patrol officers and Cara Filler, America’s leading road safety speaker. and peer pressure.
The girls advocate for safe driving through a friendly art contest and the winning statewide artwork will be displayed at the Florida State Capitol.
“Working with the girls at Pace has been a memorable and rewarding experience,” said State Farm corporate responsibility analyst Jose Soto. “The girls have an incredible abundance of talent and creativity, and our agents appreciated the opportunity to teach them invaluable lessons in safe driving that will create a safer, stronger and better educated community.”
Texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking and playing music – all common teenage activities – can have disastrous results while driving. In 2020, there were more than 48,000 traffic accidents in Florida, 75% of which were caused by driver inattention while driving.
“Car crashes are still the leading cause of death among teens in the United States and most of these deaths are completely preventable,” said Cara Filler. “Our choices matter. Through this program, we aspire that Pace girls have the resources and education to make good choices when in vehicles and advocate for safer driving with friends and family.
For more information about Pace Center for Girls, visit pacecenter.org.
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