PRESS ROOM: Toyota Helps Teenagers Imagine a New Possible

(Left-Right) Stephen Graddick, TGI; actor and author Hill Harper; Alva Adams-Mason, Toyota. (Toyota)

No. 1 Automaker Donates $10,000 to Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation

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WASHINGTON – Imagine the joy created by helping youth realize their dreams. As part of its sponsorship of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention, Toyota donated $10,000 to the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation (MYD); a non-profit organization aimed at providing underserved youth with a path to success.

Established by award-winning actor and New York Times best-seller author Hill Harper, MYD brings together young men of color from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. for its annual Summer Empowerment Academy, a weeklong program of mentoring and academic enrichment designed to decrease the high school dropout rate in communities of color. Additionally, Toyota invited Harper to participate in a conversation at NABJ on community-building and environmental sustainability, moderated by Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) member Stephen Graddick.

“We applaud and support Hill Harper in his efforts to empower youth,” said Alva Adams-Mason, director of African American business strategy for Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota is committed to enriching the lives of teenagers through educational programs and we believe our contribution will help further opportunities for young African Americans.”

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visitwww.toyotanewsroom.com.

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