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The student run, non-profit organization Kids Helping Kids received a grant of $78,400 from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The grant will assist the students in their humanitarian efforts to help those in need. The San Marcos students enrolled in AP Economics get the chance to be a part of Kids Helping Kids and use what they learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world all the while working to raise money for local and global communities. Within the span of 11 years, the organization has raised over $1,000,000.
“Kids Helping Kids is incredibly grateful to receive such a substantial grant from State Farm,” said Kids Helping Kids CEO Carter Hudson. “To know that the model we have put together at San Marcos has been recognized on a national landscape is extremely encouraging. It is a testament to the diligence and commitment of the past and present Kids Helping Kids students and the support of the Santa Barbara community.”
As of Spring 2013, Kids Helping Kids expanded to Sacramento, California and looks forward to branching out on a national level. The grant from State Farm will help student representatives travel to other parts of the country to get other branches started through mentoring other high school students.
“The State Farm grant is the first step in a long process of expanding nationally. Although there is still much to do, with State Farm and the community behind us, we are confident this will be the best, most successful year yet,” said Hudson.
The generous grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board is only a fraction of what they have given to youth based service organizations. Since 2006 the board has helped 397 communities.
Kids Helping Kids will continue to work hard to raise the charitable contributions they annually make.