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At Subaru, we believe in education. That’s why we support organizations dedicated to making learning as accessible as possible.
With more than 120,000 members and some 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) serves as an authoritative source for information on the latest developments in science. AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. By nurturing students’ scientific interests and talents, AAAS programs provide exciting opportunities and help build bridges to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Since 2015, we’ve partnered with AAAS through the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to donate over 277,600 science books to schools in communities across the country.
Google Expeditions is designed to enable teachers nationwide to bring students on virtual reality trips to places a school bus can’t normally go. To date, Google Expeditions has benefited over 1 million students in 11 countries, and created over 200 Expeditions.
At Subaru, we and our retailers have a Love Promise commitment to making a positive impact in the world in which we live and work. It’s our aim to spread this impact as far as we can, and through this, we created the Subaru Loves Learning initiative to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible. In support of this initiative, Subaru teamed up with Google as the official U.S. partner of the Expeditions Pioneer Program. Specially equipped Subaru vehicles traveled to schools nationwide to bring Expeditions kits to classrooms, taking students on virtual reality field trips to places they have never been before. Subaru also worked with the Expeditions team to develop unique journeys covering topics such as zero-landfill manufacturing and sustainability.
Watch the below video, and see how Subaru and Google Expeditions teamed up to help Bronx Charter School students Amma and Julia make their school cafeteria more sustainable.
All kids deserve an excellent education that will help them achieve their dreams, which is why Teach For America recruits and develops diverse teachers to lead classrooms in low-income communities and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.
During the 2013 Share the Love Event, Subaru supported Teach For America’s efforts to help expand educational opportunity for more than 750,000 children throughout the United States.
“The only thing that would make it better is to have more girls and last longer!” – fourth-grade student, GET Program Saturday Academy is an education nonprofit in Portland, Oregon that provides out-of-school time learning opportunities for curious children. We are grateful to have received Subaru of America Foundation funding for our Girls Engage Technology (GET) Program. GET addresses the under-representation of women in technology by bringing computer programming workshops to groups of girls to spark their interest and increase their confidence with technology. Workshops are taught by teen girls with programming experience who coach fourth and fifth grade girls to create an animated story using Scratch programming in a fun, low-stress environment. One of our partners this year was Wilkes Elementary School. In March, our GET Program Director and teen teachers taught 11 Wilkes girls the basics of programming. Most of the girls had never typed a website URL into a browser search bar before this workshop. By the end of the six hours, each girl could program Scratch commands and use those commands to tell a story with animated characters. After the workshop, girls reported identifying as more of a “tech person” and wanted to continue learning more about technology. Thanks to support from Subaru and others, GET is successfully sparking girls’ interest in technology and boosting their self-confidence to continue building new tech skills.
Students Rising Above (SRA) is a nonprofit that invests in low-income, first-generation college students by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. SRA graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change.
Despite coming from a very low-income environment, experiencing periods of homelessness, and often going to school and bed hungry, Cynthia is resilient. During high school, she worked to help support her family and was responsible for getting her younger siblings to school. Cynthia did not let having no internet at home stop her from focusing on her education – she studied at the library as much as possible. With guidance from her SRA advisor, she was accepted to and enrolled in University of California, Merced, as a public health major. As the first person in her family to attend college, Cynthia is motivated to succeed and break the cycle of poverty for herself and her family.
Thanks to generous supporters like the Subaru of America Foundation, who understand the value of providing youth with workforce development opportunities, SRA has helped Cynthia secure valuable internships at both Kaiser and Breakthrough Collaborative. Through these opportunities, Cynthia discovered her passion for teaching and has been able to leverage her gift of working with students from similar backgrounds to her own. Cynthia is currently on track to graduate from college in 2021.
Subaru of America Foundation helped fund Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Philadelphia Exploring Program – a workforce development and career education program that provides young people with the opportunity to participate in hands-on job shadowing and learn vital skills onsite at reputable companies.
Ta'siyah, a senior in high school and owner of her own baking business, Taz Delights, joined the Philadelphia PECO Explorer Post as a ninth-grader and is an example of a life touched by Subaru's generosity. She learned about the Exploring Program and was encouraged to apply by her mom. Ta'siyah was initially very introverted and was not eager to join the program. She remembers meeting a lot of different kids and volunteers at the post, noting, "When I first joined, I felt that my mom was making me join another program and I didn't know what to expect. I was very shy and reserved but by the end of my first year, I gained a lot of knowledge, friends, and confidence."
Now, as president of the post, Ta'siyah credits Exploring with opening doors for her, especially resume and interview workshops, which helped her secure an internship at the Hotel DuPont. "My Exploring post has great advisors who care about us. I always look forward to the things that are planned for each meeting. We've learned how to communicate, speak in public, work on business cases, and learn about being a leader and entrepreneur like myself. When working on vision boards, our leaders taught me to say, ‘I am an entrepreneur,' not 'I want to be an entrepreneur.' I'm looking ahead to taking all the knowledge I've gained as I graduate and move onto college and establish a career."
For over 15 years, The POINT, in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, has been committed to providing at-risk youth with the support and resources needed to thrive personally, academically, and professionally. They have accomplished this through programs such as their “Hands-On Training Program,” which provides students with an opportunity to learn skills that expose them to future careers in trade industries.
Students served by The POINT face substantial challenges, such as coming predominantly from single-family households, 90 percent of which fall below the poverty level, which often hinder their capacity or motivation to stay in school or set goals for post-secondary education. Like the Subaru of America Foundation, The POINT wants to ensure that every child, regardless of their demographic and economic background, has the capacity to dream and make plans for their future.
This is why, thanks to the Subaru of America Foundation’s financial support, The POINT was able to renovate an unused portion of its facility to create a Hands-On-Training Center. This training center has been instrumental in helping The POINT equip students with the competency, confidence and awareness of career opportunities available to them, especially in STEM careers.
Serving over 400 students annually, with hands-on-training classes being offered for students in grades 5-12. The POINT strives to provide students with the experience and confidence to help motivate them to set goals for post-secondary education and lifelong careers. As of today, The POINT is thrilled to see its first graduate go on to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to pursue a career in HVAC.
“Code green!” exclaimed Dominic and Eileen excitedly from opposite corners of the rocky shoreline area of the San Francisco Bay. This was the agreed-upon code for having found something amazing in nature. The first-graders from Caliber Beta Academy in Richmond were astonished to discover green shore crabs, acorn barnacles, sea squirts, and blue mussels at their local Berkeley Marina.
“This was my first time picking up a crab and it was so cool!” said Princess.
“These barnacles are alive because they are closed so they can keep their water in,” said Josue during Belly Biology on the dock. KIDS for the BAY field trips, made possible through funding for the Watershed Action Program from Subaru of America, are in full swing this spring and student scientists are busy exploring creek, bay, and ocean habitats.
“I want to be at the Marina doing this every day!” said third-grader Zoe, perfectly capturing the feeling of every Inspired environmentalist experiencing a beautiful day full of discovery in the outdoors with KIDS for the BAY.
To learn more about KIDS for the BAY, please visit https://kidsforthebay.org.
Urban Ed uses technology as a tool for change through IT education and workforce development, while making underserved neighborhoods stronger and safer.
Matta, a 24-year-old father of two daughters, is an example of how Urban Ed is changing not only one life, but that of an entire family and their surrounding community through IT training. Matta has lived much of his life in the streets and came to Urban Ed for career path support when he saw his younger family members following in his same uncertain and, at times, dangerous footsteps. Matta has a passion for technology and thanks to the support of Urban Ed is on his way to becoming an IT professional – a steady career that will not only support but also set a positive example for his family.
Through the support of Subaru, Urban Ed has been able to implement its STEMAcad program in some of the most overlooked communities in Washington, D.C. The organization has experienced great success in moving individuals with historically limited access to education and job opportunities into stable IT careers.
Thanks to partners like the Subaru of America Foundation, Urban Ed’s resources have helped Matta pass his first global IT certification exam, not only giving him a way out of his life on the streets but providing his family with a window into alternative pathways for their own future.
Portland YouthBuilders’ (PYB) mission is to support young people who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the workforce and their community. Founded in 1995, PYB is a nonprofit organization that provides education, vocational training in construction and technology, leadership development, and long-term support to low-income youth. Each year, the program serves 200 young people between the ages of 17-24 who have not completed high school and face serious barriers to success in their current situations, including homelessness, interpersonal violence, addiction, hunger, and loss.
For the past two years, the Subaru of America Foundation provided PYB with financial support for its construction training program. In that time, the students in PYB’s construction program have built three affordable housing units through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity and completed one total remodel of a home that will go to a family currently experiencing homelessness.
In addition to giving back to their community by building affordable housing, PYB’s construction students gain the skills that they need to enter living-wage trade jobs. PYB’s construction program is a pre-apprenticeship program approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which means that when students complete the program, they get preferred entry when applying for jobs in the trades.
Washington DECA is honored by the support received from Subaru of America that sent 36 of our student members to the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta this past April.
These students began their journey by competing and qualifying for state. While at state, more than 3,200 students participated in two roleplays in front of volunteer judges. Their roleplay scores were combined with their score from a multiple-choice online exam to provide a final score 36 students on the podium.
Unfortunately, one huge barrier remained. While their school was able to cobble together the funds to pay for airfare and hotel, how were they going to pay for the registration fee? Less than 30% of Washington DECA’s student members can afford to participate in the various programs and events, including nationals, which comprise a huge portion of a student’s DECA experience. Thanks to Subaru of America, we were able to level the playing field for these students and provide them with the opportunity to represent Washington DECA against 14,000 other DECA competitors from around the world.
To learn more about Washington DECA, please visit washingtondeca.org.
The Garden State Discovery Museum offers educational entertainment at its hands-on best. It is a children's museum filled with hours of imaginative fun and countless experiences.
Subaru directly supports the museum’s Subaru Center for Learning, Subaru Green Gardens Initiative, Subaru Butterfly Garden, Subaru Science Shop Exhibit, and the Subaru Garage, which reaches more than 200,000 children.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program enables students to compete in a community-wide competition using real science to fly an experiment aboard the International Space Station.
As a National Partner, Subaru has, to date, made possible participation by 28 communities in 7 SSEP flight opportunities — SSEP Mission 2 to ISS, and Missions 4 through 9 to ISS. As a result of this partnership, these 28 communities engaged 9,442 students in microgravity experiment design, resulting in 2,347 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.
The New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences promotes understanding, appreciation, and protection of aquatic life and habitats through research, education, and youth development programs.
As a longtime partner, Subaru has helped provide science training and support workshops, and contributed to the development of 21st-century work skills for about 10 years.
Kingsway Learning Center is a private, nonprofit special education school devoted to the academic and therapeutic needs of children with multiple learning and developmental disabilities.
Subaru has contributed to and supported Kingsway causes since 1989 by donating office furniture, funding teachers at secondary school, and adopting families during the holiday season, and much more.
Giving kids choice, such as selecting their own books, can enhance motivation to read. But choosing a too-difficult book can frustrate emerging readers. That’s why a WePAC library volunteer had a heart-to-heart with Michael,* a 3rd grader whose class visited the library weekly. Michael was heartbroken. He wanted to check out a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, arguably the most wanted series among the school’s 3rd graders and older. As it was well beyond his reading level, volunteers tried redirecting him. Plus his teacher said only the top reading group could check out Wimpy Kid. It was simply too advanced for most. The teacher wanted students to choose books that would make them feel successful. Through sniffles, Michael asked how to improve his skills enough to check out Wimpy Kid. The volunteer encouraged him to spend a lot of time practicing books he could understand well. So Michael decided to visit the library twice a week, an extra visit on his own, to double his number of books read – just right books that challenged him but that he could fully understand. He kept asking if he was ready. After a month, the teacher checked Michael’s level. Sure enough, he had grown tremendously. He beamed when handed his first Wimpy Kid book. Two days later, the WePAC volunteer was surprised to see Michael back with book in hand: he had already finished it and had come to take out the next in the series! This little boy had become a real reader, a skill valuable for a lifetime. *Name changed
Kindergartners trek along wood-chipped trails, acting as nature detectives investigating tree parts from the roots to the leaves and the life cycle of a tree from seed to fallen log. First-graders explore bugs and butterflies, sweeping fields to discover their diversity and comparing their habitats and diet. Eighth-graders examine a tree’s anatomy, using iPad microscopes and learning about the environmental stresses that trees must overcome to survive. Thanks to the generous support of Subaru of America and other donors, more than 25,000 students participate in education programming at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois every year to experience and learn about nature. The programs, which combine outdoor exploration with lab investigation, are designed to inspire kids to appreciate the natural world and build interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. The Arboretum program gives many children a chance they wouldn’t normally have to experience nature. “My students live in an urban setting,” one teacher said. “Watching them walk through the Arboretum and see the trees, flowers, insects, and experience wildlife truly was amazing. They loved using the magnifying glasses and becoming scientists.” “Both the outdoor and indoor experiences were an excellent reinforcement of what we have been studying in science,” another teacher commented. “Thanks for making great memories and helping our students become excited about science.”
In 2000, Techbridge Girls (TBG) was launched with a goal of bridging the gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, which have historically been dominated by males, leaving women and girls, especially those of color, consistently and disproportionately left out. TBG aims to level the playing field and empower girls from low-income communities to achieve upward mobility and financial stability. Currently, TBG serves girls in Oakland, Seattle, and Washington D.C., and has set a goal to serve 1 million girls by 2030.
One of the ways that TBG advances their mission to help girls and achieve greater economic mobility through STEM is with innovate minds-on, hands-on after-school programming with the leadership and support of mentors and role models. TBG’s curriculum presents a wide range of STEM subjects, such as biomedical and chemical engineering, computer science, architecture and more. From learning about chemical engineering through recipes for bath bombs and lip balm to understanding structural engineering through gumdrops and toothpick domes to refining coding skills by designing mobile apps, TBG is making STEM education not only accessible for girls but fun, relevant and engaging.
Subaru of America Foundation has been a consistent supporter of TBG’s after-school programs for several years. Subaru aims to build partnerships with organizations committed to helping un- and underemployed young people become self-sufficient through job training, mentoring and work experience. After learning about TBG, it was clear to Subaru that the two were working toward the same goal.
In 2015, Subaru began funding TBG’s after-school programs in Seattle, WA and has since become a national supporter of all three TBG direct service locations.
Thanks to the Subaru of America Foundation, along with other supporters, Techbridge Girls is able to continue creating pathways to successful careers in STEM for girls and women across the nation.