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Habitat for Humanity hosts first-ever Youth Leadership Conference

ATLANTA, Ga. (Sept. 28, 2007) – Hundreds of student leaders will gather in Atlanta for Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever national conference for Campus Chapters September 28-30.

The three day event includes opportunities for high school and college students to hear speakers, attend workshops and network with other Campus Chapter leaders from across the country. The conference also provides campus chapters with the information, resources and skills to better support Habitat’s mission.

Scheduled activities include a panel discussion on housing issues with experts from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and National Low Income Housing Coalition, student-led workshops and an awards banquet to recognize the Campus Chapter of the Year.

“The conference is a great way for the students to not only learn more about Habitat, but to also share their experiences with other like-minded young people,” says Desiree Adaway, director of youth programs for Habitat for Humanity. “All of the work they do here helps them in their fight to end poverty housing, which is Habitat’s goal.”

Partners of Youth Programs, including NCAA and State Farm will be attending the conference. State Farm is the National Underwriter for Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Programs in the United States in 2007.

A Campus Chapter is a student-led, student initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to fulfill the four functions of a campus chapter: building, fund raising, advocating and educating. This year, Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Campus Chapter, which began at Baylor University in 1987.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About State Farm
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The State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® program embodies the State Farm promise to be a good neighbor by taking an active role in the communities where its employees live, work and learn. At State Farm, helping people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams is all part of doing good business for all of the right reasons. The State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship® program has provided more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and governmental agencies across the United States and in parts of Canada in the last five years. In 2006, State Farm and State Farm Companies Foundation will provide approximately $55 million in funding to build safer, stronger, better educated communities. According to The Foundation Center, State Farm Companies Foundation is one of the 50 largest corporate foundations ranked by total giving.