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 Texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of accidents involving young people in the state of Indiana. Because the issue has become so prevalent, State Farm Insurance has funded a grant to educate young drivers about the hazards of driving while texting.


In 2012, The Urban League of Northwest Indiana was named the recipient of the $20,000 No Texting While Driving Grant. Vanessa Allen, President/CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana and Chanta Delyeu, the League’s financial officer, applied for the grant a year prior.


Allen gave much of the credit for writing the grant to Delyeu. She said, “She did most of the research on the grant and pulled it together and we forgot about it.” 


Allen was very appreciative of the news and acknowledged how in previous years State Farm Insurance has always supported the Urban League in their educational outreach, scholarships and helping clients in resume writing. Allen said the money would be used to educate students in grades 10 thru 12 in the Gary Community School Corporation and Lake Ridge School District She said, “We are totally committed to the education of not texting and talking while driving.” 


Allen said the grant would be a positive help in getting the word out.


About State Farm's Celebrate My Drive Program

Celebrate My Drive® was created by State Farm® in 2012 to share the belief that safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the start. Thousands of students, family, friends and school staff members have joined the party. With good reason—auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America. But Celebrate My Drive isn’t about scare tactics or negativity. It’s about emphasizing the positives of safe driving. If we can reinforce habits like remembering to think “2N2” whenever teens drive, keeping two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel, we’ll save lives together.

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