In 2012, the National Consumers League (NCL) announced a major expansion to its LifeSmarts program: a new opportunity for high school students to conduct mentoring and service learning programs in their communities as the result of a partnership with the global safety science company Underwriters Laboratories, UL. UL has supported NCL and LifeSmarts for more than a decade through financial contributions, in-kind donations, and with staff serving as volunteer judges and question masters. Because both organizations encourage and empower children and young adults to practice safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible behavior, and both strive to equip young people with relevant, real-world knowledge, UL and LifeSmarts decided to combine efforts on a joint educational project. Utilizing the existing program format, LifeSmarts built a service learning component that incorporates UL’s Safety Smart® materials. LifeSmarts participants acting as Safety Smart Ambassadors are trained to deliver critical and educational messages covering home, water, fire, environment, online, health, good character and transportation lessons related to safety.

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