Since 2008, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and The Allstate Foundation have teamed up to encourage youth leadership, empowerment and community service. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is proud to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to continue to support its “FOCUS – Expanded” Program.
Since the start of this partnership in 2008, the Allstate Foundation grant has helped expand FOCUS beyond its original focus of distracted driving to include youth led activities that promote leadership, empowerment, and community service in the Pittsburgh area. This includes the program’s Youth Traffic Safety Board of Allegheny County, which will offer five distracted driving simulator events and three county teen driving competitions in 2019.
“The Allstate Foundation is proud to partner with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for the 10th year in a row,” Tracey King, Senior Manager, Corporate Relations at Allstate said. “With this grant, young people in the Pittsburgh area will have the opportunity to participate in activities designed to empower them, foster leadership skills and equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to be safe drivers.”
While the FOCUS program has expanded its scope to empower youth leadership groups to address the multi-faceted issue of violence, UPMC Children’s remains committed to their work in the teen safe driving arena.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. The most current statistics show 2,433 teens were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 and over 292,742 were treated in emergency rooms.
“The program at UPMC Children’s continues to work with teen groups in over 30 schools and through the Allegheny County Youth Traffic Safety Board to promote safe teen driving throughout the school year with teen driving competitions, distracted and impaired driving simulator programs, and participation in youth led teen summits,” said Christine Vitale, RN, MSN, manager, Injury Prevention at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young® helps youth build socio-emotional skills crucial to learning and leading so they can make a tangible impact on our world. Through partnerships with impactful nonprofit organizations like UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees come together to help youth unlock their future potential and lead the way to a better tomorrow.
Over the last 10 years, The Allstate Foundation has invested nearly $300,000 in support of UPMC Children’s FOCUS program. Schools interested in offering this program to their students are encouraged to contact Chris Vitale at 412-692-8229.