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State Farm post gives TSU student chance to impact society with service

Sidney Johnson – a Tennessee State University sophomore from Memphis – has been elected to serve as an associate board member for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Sidney Johnson – a Tennessee State University sophomore from Memphis – has been elected to serve as an associate board member for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

 
 Sidney Johnson

As a member of the leadership board, Johnson will help oversee a $5 million-a-year State Farm initiative. He is one of 18 students from across the United States and Canada selected through a competitive process based on leadership experience and interview.

The board members will oversee the awarding of grants to student-led service-learning projects that will address community issues such as teen seat-belt use and disaster preparedness. They will work in a virtual environment and convene for four meetings during the year. The first meeting was held at State Farm’s Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, Ill., on Jan. 5.

“I am extremely excited about serving on the State Farm Advisory Board as an Associate Member,” said Johnson. “Tackling community issues through Service-Learning projects is something that I am very passionate about and I look forward to diving into this opportunity and making an impact on society through service.

Johnson, a graduate of Germantown High School, will serve a one-year term, with the opportunity to serve an additional year. He will commit about 15 hours a month as a board member and will receive a $3,000 scholarship. A $5,000 scholarship is associated with a second term. Board members use the scholarships for post-secondary education at a four-year, two-year or vocational training program.

“These exceptional students are already leaders in their communities, and this investment in young people reflects State Farm’s sincere commitment to tapping into the passion and expertise of our younger generation,” said Jeff Shay, State Farm vice president of operations.

Johnson, who was freshman class president at TSU, is a member of Middle Baptist Church (Whitehaven). He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Johnson.

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