Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has announced it will donate $50,000 to Let’s Talk Science to support outreach programs in Waterloo Region and Southern Ontario.
This donation, combined with Toyota Canada Foundation’s promise to contribute $150,000, makes a combined total investment of $200,000 into Let’s Talk Science programs across Canada.
According to the Toyota Canada Foundation, the money will go towards engaging more young people from underrepresented groups in STEM, including girls, indigenous youth, youth from rural and remote regions and youth with socioeconomic challenges.
“Today’s children and youth represent Canada’s next generation of designers, engineers and technicians, and they will be shaping the future of mobility,” says Leslie Miller, Toyota Canada Foundation Board Member.
“Organizations like Let’s Talk Science focus on technology education beyond the textbooks and tablets, and that’s imperative to inspiring more youth across the country to pursue an education and career in science, technology, engineering or math.”
Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization based in London, Ont., has worked with over 8.5 million youths and educators in more than 2,000 communities across Canada since 1993.
The organization says Toyota’s investment will continue to provide youth access to hands-on STEM-based programming offered in English and French.
“In a rapidly changing, complex world it is critical that we ensure all children and youth remain curious, ask questions and have the skills required to participate, thrive and lead,” says Bonnie Schmidt, President, Let’s Talk Science.
“Toyota recognizes that Let’s Talk Science experiences support talent development required for Canada’s future success.”