Teens Asked to Act Out Loud for Teen Safe Driving

NORTHBROOK, Ill.,  – The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) are calling on high schools and teens around the country to participate in the 2012-2013 Act Out Loud program and help teens engage their peers in a conversation on teen safe driving. High schools teams across the country can enter the contest at www.ActOutLoud.org to be eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

In its sixth year, AOL is a national, high school-based activism competition that enlists teens to raise local awareness about the importance of safe teen driving. This year, teens and their high schools are asked to host a teen safe driving rally in their communities, to raise awareness around the number one killer of teens – car crashes.

“Nearly 10 teens are killed each day on America’s roads and programs like Act Out Loud give teens the chance to take action to save lives,” said Victoria Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility with Allstate. “It’s our hope that by elevating the smart driving discussion in their hometown and reinforcing the importance of responsible driving among their peers, we can save lives.”

The winners of the contest will be announced in May 2013 as part Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM). Now in its seventh year, GYTSM engages youth from around the world in peer-to-peer education efforts to address safe teen driving. 

Six teams will win prizes for their Act Out Loud rallies. The grand prize winning school will be awarded with $10,000 to support their traffic safety projects at their high school.

“National Organizations for Youth Safety is honored to work with The Allstate Foundation.  We appreciate the leadership The Allstate Foundation has shown in encouraging and rewarding youth leaders who create Global Youth Traffic Safety Month projects in their communities,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director, NOYS.

To register and learn more about Act Out Loud, visit www.ActOutLoud.org.

About The Allstate Foundation Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About National Organizations for Youth Safety National Organizations for Youth Safety® (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations, business and industry leaders, and federal agencies who focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition membership, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors.  The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.  For more information, visit www.NOYS.org.

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Kyle Donash (847) 402-5600 kyle.donash@allstate.com

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Hollywood’s Stars Pledge Not to Text and Drive

More Than Two Dozen of Hollywood’s Stars including George Lopez, Kat Graham, Jordin Sparks, Jonas Brothers and Diego Boneta Pledge Not to Text and Drive

The 6th annual Variety Power of Youth event, which took place Saturday, Sept. 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. was the perfect platform for Allstate’s XtheTXT campaign to encourage young drivers not to text and drive. During the event, Hollywood’s rising stars and others pledged not to text and drive by inking their thumbprints on a Ford Focus car wrapped with XtheTXT messaging and imagery.

Many young celebrities, including Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas; Kat Graham; Jordin Sparks; Christian Serratos; Diego Boneta and R.J. Mitte took the pledge not to text and drive. Also, sports and Hollywood legends, including George Lopez and Greg Louganis, took the pledge at the event held at Paramount Studios.

Through their activities, celebrities and event-goers spread the XtheTXT message to more than two million people on Twitter and thousands more on Facebook.

“The celebrities honored at the Variety Power of Youth event are inspiring young people to be responsible behind the wheel by putting the phone down,” said Joan Walker, executive vice president of corporate relations at Allstate. “We know that more than 3,000 lives are lost annually because of distracted driving. This simple promise can save thousands of lives.”

The following celebrities took the pledge to XtheTXT:

Hi-resolution photos, videos of celebrities and event-goers taking the XtheTXT pledge are available for download on the Allstate Newsroom and through Getty Images.

The Power of Youth campaign encourages young celebrities to become involved in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, using their positions in popular culture to motivate others to do the same.

To take the pledge and for more information about XtheTXT, visit facebook.com/XtheTXT

About Allstate The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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Kyle Donash Kyle.Donash@allstate.com (847) 402-5600