Toyota has announced its continued support of 4-H's youth-focused water quality and conservation programming with a $1.1 million gift to fund the expansion of 4-H2O Community Projects and sponsor the 20114-H National Youth Science Day.
4-H2O Community Projects is a national environmental stewardship project currently serving California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New York City, Texas and West Virginia. Through 4-H2O Community Projects, youth learn to protect and conserve freshwater resources by participating in activities such as water quality testing, watershed cleanup events and constructing rain gardens, while strengthening math and science skills. In 2010, 4-H2O Community Projects reached more than 46,000 youth in at least 42communities.
"The generous and continued support of Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation has vastly helped to strengthen and broaden 4-H's environmental science education efforts," says Donald T. Floyd Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. "Through this innovative programming, 4-H continues to develop generations of great thinkers who are ready to step up in this complex and changing world to find solutions to the problems our nation faces today."
Toyota will also join as a sponsor of the fourth-annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). 4-H's premiere rallying event, NYSD will take place this year on Oct. 5, and bring together hundreds of thousands of youth from all across the nation to simultaneously complete the 2011 National Science Experiment: Wired for Wind. This year's experiment will introduce young people all around the nation to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available, and low-cost source of renewable energy. Toyota's sponsorship of this event will help to significantly raise the level of community outreach surrounding NYSD and expand the event's Web presence (www.4-H.org/NYSD).
"We are proud that in our fourth year of supporting 4-H2O we are able to continue the momentum and bring these water conservation programs to the future generation of scientists," says Pat Pineda, group vice president of philanthropy at Toyota Motor North America. "Toyota has been very pleased to partner with an organization that has such a tremendous impact on America's youth."