GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AUGUST 8, 2013) – Earlier today at First Baptist Church Bracktown (Lexington, Ky.), Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) announced a donation to the Black Males Working (BMW) Academy, a collaborative program with Fayette County schools that focuses on preparing young African-American males for college, particularly in Math, Science and Reading.
More than 200 young men from the Lexington area are enrolled in the BMW Academy, which offers programming for elementary, middle and high school students at multiple church campuses in the community. Students participating in the BMW academy report higher performance in math and reading, and tend to score better on the ACT than the average high school student in Kentucky.
Wil James, TMMK plant president, presented Toyota’s donation of $10,500 and 20 laptop computers, which will be used to support the Pre-BMW (second and third grades) and Junior BMW (fourth and fifth grades) programs.
“Like the academy, at Toyota, we’re focusing not only on what our customers need today, but also on what they’ll need tomorrow,” James said. “This program concentrates on what children need now – encouragement, accountability, mentors and experiences – so that they acquire the life skills needed to prepare them for success in the future. That’s something we’re proud to be a part of.”
For more information about the program, visit: bracktown.org/BMW.
Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988. The Georgetown, Ky., plant employs approximately 6,600 full-time team members and represents a $6 billion investment. TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components. Annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines. Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $44 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky.