State Farm Awards Summer Jobs 253 Program $20,000 Grant

For the second consecutive year, State Farm has awarded a $20,000 grant to the City of Tacoma for the Summer Jobs 253 program.

“We thank State Farm for their $20,000 contribution which shows their continued commitment to the youth of Tacoma,” Mayor Strickland said. “This annual contribution to Summer Jobs 253 helps our students develop the important skills they will need to be successful at work, home and in our community.”

The grant funding received from State Farm is the largest private sponsorship the Summer Jobs 253 has received to date. The program, which receives City funding, also relies on participating employer contributions and sponsorships.

“Years from now students may not remember how much money they made, but they’ll never forget the mentoring they received and the life skills and experience they learned along the way,” State Farm spokesperson Ty Cordova said. “The opportunities being provided by the Mayor’s 253 Summer Job Program clearly align with what is important to State Farm, and that’s investing in the future of our youth.”

This year, the program will serve 200 Tacoma high school students who will be placed with local employers to gain work experience, earn up to two high school credits and learn financial literacy and workplace skills.

The program is still accepting employer applications to host a student, as well as program sponsors to join State Farm. More information is available through Alexis Walsh at awalsh@reachtacoma.org or on the program website, summerjobs253.com.

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