Mexico City, Mexico — Ford Motor Company Fund launched its signature educational program for Hispanic youth, Ford Driving Dreams, in Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ford Fund, in collaboration with the Ford Dealers Civic Committee and United Way Mexico, hosted educational activities for students from Ford School No. 89. Students from Ford’s public schools in the city of Tlalnepantla de Baz will also participate in the Ford Driving Dreams activities.
“This is a very important and exciting opportunity for our students,” said Gabriel López, President y CEO, Ford Mexico. “I am grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Ford Fund, Ford Dealers Civic Committee, and United Way Mexico to make a difference in the lives of our young people.”
The first day of Ford’s Driving Dreams program includes literacy activities and a book donation at No. 89 Ricardo Flores Magón. More than 400 first through sixth grade students will participate in exercises to encourage their love of reading, computer coding activities and storytelling of La Piñata Magica by volunteer Ford Civic Committee executives.
On the second day, a motivational rally will host 500 sixth grade students from seven Ford schools, toward excelling academically and continuing their education. Students are also invited to participate in the What Drives Your Dreams? essay contest to compete for scholarships and share their future aspirations through a video challenge. The three-year scholarships will to help students and their families defray the costs of tuition in private middle schools, supplies, transportation, and other basic needs that often keep students from finishing the school year and moving on to the next grade level. The scholarships will be administered by United Way Mexico. Motivational speaker, Daniel Habif and students from the RobotiX school, who won first place at a NASA contest, will share their inspiring stories.
The collaboration will increase Ford’s investment to more than $350,000 in scholarships, new book donations, coding activities, and motivational activities designed to help students achieve academic success. Ford Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.
“Helping to make people’s lives better depends in great part on providing students with the tools and resources to help them succeed. We are proud to bring the Ford Driving Dreams Tour to Mexico and inspire children to stay in school by giving them access to opportunities, scholarships and resources,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.
The Ford Dealers Civic Committee, founded more than 50 years ago, develops social responsibility strategies for Mexico’s most vulnerable communities. The committee created and built Ford schools to support elementary education. They operate 193 Ford schools that have an enrollment of 80,000 students, and offer parental engagement programs, and training for more than 5,000 teachers, directors, and alumni. The Ford schools have graduated 1,600,000 students.