Ford Fund Launches Fourth Northern California Ford Driving Dreams Tour in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club
- The Ford Driving Dreams Tour returns to Northern California to promote the importance of education to middle school students
- Three hundred students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley attended a pep rally with motivational speakers and were invited to participate in the “What Drives Your Dreams?” essay contest to win laptops
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 6, 2018 – The Ford Driving Dreams Tour returned to Northern California on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, with a pep rally for 300 middle school students to emphasize the importance of education. Ford Driving Dreams is one of the Ford Motor Company Fund’s signature education initiatives and is designed to motivate students to complete high school on time and pursue higher education. The rally was held at the Levin Clubhouse at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley.
“Education is a priority for Ford. With the return of the Ford Driving Dreams Tour to Northern California, more students will be able to benefit from the tools and resources we provide so that they excel in school, graduate on time, and achieve their dream of going to collegen” said Joe Ávila, manager, community development, U.S. and Latin America, Ford Motor Company Fund. “It is wonderful to see these young people follow their educational dreams and to know that Ford is helping them achieve it.”
The Ford Driving Dreams Tour pep rally featured motivational speaker Anita Henestrosa, music, and educational activities for students. The rally launched the What Drives Your Dreams? essay contest and invited all 300 middle school students to participate and compete for laptops and gift card prizes. The essay contest will encourage students to write about their future aspirations. The students represent 10 Boys & Girls Clubs including Sonoma County, Fresno, Lodi, Monterrey, Merced, Napa Valley, Sacramento, Tulare (Sequoias), Silicon Valley, and Tracy.
"The generous support from the Ford Fund demonstrates their dedication to supporting academic success for youth in our community and communities nationwide,” said Mark Washbush, chief operating officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley. “We know that regular participation in out-of-school educational programs can help address the high school dropout crisis and bridge both the opportunity and achievement gap for our youth.”
Ford Driving Dreams is part of Ford Fund’s overall Operation Better World investment in Northern California. Launched in 2008, the Operation Better World framework enables the Ford Motor Company Fund, local Ford dealers and other groups to collaborate on a strategic approach to philanthropy and more effectively meet community needs. Ford’s latest investments in Northern California brings the total community investment to more than $4.5 million over the last 10 years.
The Ford Driving Dreams Tour was designed by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, to help youth graduate on time and pursue higher education.
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Launched in 2012, Ford Driving Dreams has equipped more than 200,000 students across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Latin America with tools to help fuel their academic and career journeys. Ford Driving Dreams initiatives, including the Tour, have delivered more than $10 million in educational resources such as scholarships, college preparedness, tutoring programs, parental engagement, and motivational activities. Follow us @fordfund on Twitter and @FordDrivingDreams on Instagram and Facebook, and use #forddrivingdreams to be part of the conversation.