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Habitat for Humanity engages students and teachers this summer

ATLANTA (June 16, 2010) – This summer, 80 high school students and 13 teachers from across the United States will help families obtain affordable housing as participants in Habitat for Humanity International’s Learn and Build Experience and Teacher Fellows programs.

Habitat’s Learn and Build Experience is a summer program that provides youth ages 16 to 18 the opportunity to get involved with Habitat’s mission of ending substandard housing through a week of building and learning about poverty housing. Eighty students will attend one of five weeklong summer service learning trips, partnering with a Habitat affiliate in Mississippi, Tennessee or Washington.

“We are building a foundation of educated, compassionate leaders,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat’s senior director of Volunteer Mobilization. “These Habitat programs provide an incredible opportunity for young people to contribute to Habitat’s mission, to better understand housing issues in communities across the United States and to see the real impact they can make.”

Thirteen teachers will travel to Tacoma, Wash., in July for the first year of Habitat’s Teacher Fellows program. Participants will build with Habitat, learn about the local community and explore educational resources Habitat provides. The teachers will then return home to lead a Habitat project with the students they work with in the 2010–2011 academic year and share their knowledge and resources with colleagues.

Habitat for Humanity International’s youth programs work to capture the imagination, energy and hope of young people worldwide, ages 5 to 25. Major support for Habitat’s Learn and Build Experience comes from the Seedlings Foundation. Habitat’s Teacher Fellows program is sponsored by State Farm®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs.

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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

About State Farm®
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the United States, is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm’s 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts—almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.