- Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, launched its Ford Driving Dreams program in Argentina to help youth between 16- and 18-years old finish their secondary education
- The program offers tutoring, educational resources, and motivational activities to 85 students from different schools in 5 locations in the province of Buenos Aires
- The Ford Driving Dreams program announcement was delivered on a virtual platform and included the participation of 85 students, executives from Ford Fund, Ford Argentina and Cimientos
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, June 22, 2021 — Ford announced the launch of the Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship program in Argentina, an initiative of Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, in collaboration with the Cimientos Foundation. The Ford Driving Dreams program will deliver tutoring, educational resources, and motivational activities to 85 participants between 16 and 18 years old, who are enrolled in the last three years of high school, in order to avoid school desertion and to motivate them to continue with higher education.
The program reaches students from schools located in the towns of Pilar, José C. Paz, Pacheco, Villa Martelli and Beccar in the province of Buenos Aires. This social impact initiative focuses on helping young people graduate on time and continue their higher education.
The Ford Driving Dreams program was held on a virtual platform and included the participation of 85 students, Ford Fund executives, Ford Argentina and Cimientos. The virtual event included different interactive activities to generate a dialogue and enrichment of both young people and adults under the topic "How do we imagine the school of the future?"
"Ford's purpose is to build a better world, in which each person is free to move and pursue their dreams," says Martín Galdeano, president of Ford Argentina, adding: "There is no tool more powerful to pursue our dreams than education."
"Ford Fund is proud to be able to help these talented students toward a better future," said Joe Avila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund, U.S. and Latin America. "Through Ford Driving Dreams, we encourage these students to complete their studies and be able to fulfill their dreams." Ford Fund’s Ford Driving Dreams program has impacted more than 200,000 students across the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe since it was launched in 2012. The initiative has delivered more than $12 million in educational resources in scholarships, college readiness, mentoring programs, and motivational activities.
Ford Driving Dreams, the Henry Ford Technical School, the Education for a New Tomorrow program, corporate volunteering, among others, are part of Ford's commitment in Argentina to continue strengthening communities and building the future for generations to come.
Through this new initiative in collaboration with Ford Fund and Cimientos, and as part of its social responsibility program, Ford reinforces its commitment of more than 100 years to educational and social development in Argentina.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 186,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
About Ford Motor Company Fund
As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in 50 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2.1 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Cimientos is a local nonprofit that for 23 years has been implementing educational programs designed to improve the conditions in which young people go through secondary school, promote their subsequent insertion into the labor market or higher education and contribute through the production and dissemination of knowledge of the quality of the educational system.
Cimientos supports formal education and public secondary school in particular, understanding they are the fundamental institutions for achieving the social integration of young people and compensating for inequalities.
The work carried out by Cimientos has two pillars of action: on the one hand, it works directly accompanying young people in the framework of secondary school and in the post-school stage, promoting educational continuity and/or job insertion. On the other hand, it contributes to educational quality through teacher training and knowledge management.
Our programs are implemented in Argentina and Uruguay. For more information, visit https://cimientos.org/.