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State Farm Awards $125,200 to OCA for Leadership Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 February 2010

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Victoria J. Rumsey | Development Manager
202 223 5500 | vrumsey@ocanational.org 

WASHINGTON, D.C.---OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce they received a $125,200 grant from State Farm. The grant will be utilized in 2010 to support OCA’s APIA U: Leadership 101 Program and the upcoming JACL/OCA Leadership Conference.

"OCA is honored to have this relationship with State Farm and we’re grateful for their continued support of our leadership programs,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. "Because of State Farm, we have been able to provide future leaders with the tools they need for success.”

APIA U: Leadership 101 promotes State Farm’s strategic focus of Education Excellence, Strong Neighborhoods, and Diversity. APIA U: Leadership 101 is a day-long training that helps students understand their identities, develop their leadership, and become community advocates. The training provides students with the skills necessary to become and remain active participants in their communities and to realize their economic and personal goals.

Last year, the leadership training program served approximately 500 students during the academic school year across the nation at 11 colleges and universities. 

This year’s training’s will take place at the following colleges and universities:

Cornell University, March 13-14, 2010

College of William and Mary, March 27-28, 2010

University of Kansas, March 27-28, 2010

University of Connecticut, April 3-4, 2010

Tufts University, April 3-4, 2010

Georgia State University, April 17-18, 2010

Santa Clara University, May 1-2, 2010

University of California - Irvine, May 8-9, 2010

The JACL/OCA Leadership Conference continues to enable leaders from OCA chapters, JACL Chapters, and members from partner APA organizations to attend a four-day intensive training in Washington, D.C. This program is designed to introduce participants to the political process; past speakers have included Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and Congressman Mike Honda. State Farm has sponsored this program since 1994. This year’s JACL/OCA Leadership Conference will include 30 participants from all over the country and will take place from March 5-9, 2010 at Four Points at Sheraton in Washington, DC.

"State Farm is pleased to continue to partner with OCA in these leadership programs. Our commitment to education excellence for all students is a top priority as we help build safer, stronger, better-educated communities,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate public affairs at State Farm.

About State Farm

State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and 68,600 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts - more than 78.7 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®. 
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