Toyota Commits $110 Million to Education and Career Readiness
“Driving Possibilities” will Help Prepare Youth for STEM Fields and Address Barriers to Learning
Driving Possibilities leverages Toyota’s more than 60 years of active support in communities across the U.S., with a comprehensive strategy to collaborate with academia, local and national nonprofits, and the community. The aim is to create innovative educational programs and improve access to opportunities where barriers exist. This initiative of the Toyota USA Foundation will be funded in part by Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and will begin a phased rollout across the company’s operational communities nationwide.
“We need to better prepare the workforce of the future by providing a broader education and getting the next generation ready for high-growth careers,” said Ted Ogawa, chief executive officer, TMNA. “In addition, addressing inequities that create barriers to success will help improve lives throughout the U.S.”
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 get young people excited and prepared for the job market. The program is modeled after the early success of a PreK-8 STEM school in West Dallas, which recently began a phased opening. The STEM school – a joint effort by Toyota, the Dallas Independent School District, Southern Methodist University, and the West Dallas community – utilizes a project-based STEM curriculum, provides professional teacher development, coordinates local services, and is enhanced by ongoing research. The West Dallas STEM School also will feature after school programs, a community center, and a food pantry.
Beyond the classroom, Driving Possibilities includes community engagement efforts focused on critical needs like food insecurity, job training and mobility services. Toyota intends to partner with other businesses, local government, educators, and nonprofits to address education and community needs.
“Through our active partnerships with communities across the U.S., we collaborate to improve education and help shape the future for the next generation,” said Mark Templin, chief executive officer, TFS. “We invite other businesses to join with us in this shared purpose.”