This Toyota initiative United States Foundation will be funded in part by Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and will begin a phased rollout to the company’s operating communities nationwide.
“We need to better prepare tomorrow’s workforce by providing broader education and preparing the next generation for high-growth careers,” said Ted Ogawa, CEO, TMNA. “Additionally, addressing the inequalities that create barriers to success will help improve lives across the United States”
A model for the future
Driving Possibilities focuses on PreK-12 education, building on Toyota’s existing programs across the country. The goal of the initiative is to improve communities and to motivate young people and prepare them for the job market.
The program is inspired by the early success of a STEM PreK-8 school in West Dallas, which recently began a gradual opening. The STEM School – a joint effort of Toyota, the Dallas Independent School District, Southern Methodist Universityand the West Dallas community – uses a project-based STEM curriculum, provides professional development for teachers, coordinates local services, and is enhanced by ongoing research.
The West Dallas STEM School will also offer after-school programs, a community center, and a food pantry.
Beyond the classroom, Driving Possibilities includes community engagement efforts focused on critical needs such as food insecurity, job training and mobility services. Toyota intends to partner with other businesses, local government, educators and non-profit organizations to meet education and community needs.
“Through our active partnerships with communities across the United States, we are working together to improve education and help shape the future of the next generation,” said Marc Templin, Managing Director, TFS. “We invite other companies to join us in this common goal.”
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About Toyota United States Foundation
The Toyota United States The Foundation supports programs across the continuum of education in United Stateswith a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Toyota (NYSE:MT) has been part of the cultural fabric in the United States for more than 60 years and is committed to advancing next-generation sustainable mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, as well as our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in United States who have helped design, engineer and assemble nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will start manufacturing automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s U.S. sales in 2021 were electrified.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM fields, including mobility, Toyota has launched its Virtual Education Center at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and the chance to virtually visit many of our manufacturing facilities in the United States. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based courses and programs through Toyota. United States Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.
SOURCE Toyota Motor North America