A new initiative from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, titled "D2D - Diplomas to Degrees", has gaining quite a bit of attention lately. The program, which encourages youth education, improves high school graduation rates, and prepares students for college, was initially piloted in ten cities over the last year. Now, Toyota is helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring it to over 1,000 branches across the country.
Toyota made the official announcement of its sponsorship of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "D2D - Diplomas to Degrees" initiative at an event held on Bowie State University's campus in Bowie, MD. More than 150 local teens were in attendance at the event, as well as some notable and influential public figures, including Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley.
"To move forward in this changing new economy, we must create jobs and expand opportunity - and education is the best tool we have," Governor O'Malley explained at the event. "Together, with innovative partnerships like [Toyota], we can return to the urgent work of building up our children's future."1
As for how Toyota plans to help the cause specifically? They've pledged to fund the project with $1.5 million over the next three years. The money will go towards providing teens, mentors, and Boys & Girls Clubs staff with the tools, resources, and support they'll need to help ensure students can take advantage of every professional and educational opportunity that comes their way.
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