Allstate needed a partner to help it create a service-learning curriculum and volunteer programs to empower young people
Allstate is based in Chicago, Illinois, a city where violence was all too common, even at schools. Allstate and its employees wanted to do their part to create better options for youth and help them deal with the difficult circumstances they often faced while simply trying to get an education.
Under this partnership, Allstate was supported in designing, developing and rolling out several programs to help empower young people. The programs provided leadership training and social and emotional learning skills (SELs) to help them cope with trauma, thrive at school and contribute to positive change in their communities.
One of the key initiatives of this partnership was the launch of the Allstate Volunteer Corps. This program allowed Allstate employees to volunteer their time and skills to support students directly, offering training and financial literacy skills, and helping youth deliver on volunteer initiatives they were passionate about.
Allstate’s staff also jumped at the chance to honor students with over 300 employees a year volunteering for annual, youth-focused events at the Allstate arena. The events helped recognize work done by the students who participated in the programs over the school year. Some 15,000+ students and educators from over 700 schools across the state attended the events, with more than half coming from Chicago’s public schools.
Allstate CEO Tom Wilson, who set the example from the top by serving as the Co-Chair for the events, spoke of the importance of the work being done through the partnership, “In every community in our country, young people are working to make the world better. We must encourage and support them to pursue their ideas and to believe in themselves."
Under the partnership, schools and student-led groups across Illinois annually volunteered more than 500,000 hours and raised over $1.2 million in support of 265 local and global causes such as hunger, homelessness, bullying, education and literacy.