On September 29, 2015 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Whitney Stewart National Youth of the Year in a ceremony held at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. She accepted the honor before an audience that included members of Congress and BGCA partners and supporters, including National Spokesperson and Club alum Denzel Washington. Mike Groff, CEO of Toyota Financial Services (TFS), was also in attendance and was able to personally congratulate Whitney and present her with the Big Toyota key!
Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club teens. The National Youth of the Year title is the highest honor a Club member can receive, representing the voice of four million Club youth. For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has recognized young people for their outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Toyota is a Signature Partner of The Youth of the Year program and awards the National Youth of the Year winner a new car plus and all expenses paid for the car for 5 years. This year, the Youth of the Year program will award more than $1 million in scholarships to Club teens.
To learn more about the Toyota and Boys & Girls Clubs partnership, click HERE.
Calling All Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni to Join the Movement and be a Member for Life!
Toyota has been a proud partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for over 8 years. Toyota’s volunteer efforts and contributions help BGCA serve nearly four million kids, enabling today’s youth to build the confidence and skills they need to achieve great futures.
We have witnessed the impact the Clubs have on youth and believe in the positive difference one person can make – let alone the difference the 16 million Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni can make! If you are a Toyota team member who attended a Boys & Girls Club – or if you’re a friend of the Club, register today and become a member at www.BGCalum.org. Please make sure to type “Toyota” in the Promo code/employer section at the bottom of the registration page. Registration is free for the first year for Toyota team members!
To hear personal stories from Alumni Club members, take a moment to watch this video.
Together we can open doors to great futures for the millions of kids and teens in America that still need the guidance, mentorship and programs the Clubs offer.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has been a national sponsor of ‘National Public Lands Day, or NPLD, for 17 consecutive years. This unique sponsorship supports Toyota’s global commitment to environmental stewardship by providing Toyota team members with meaningful volunteer opportunities to help improve public lands in local communities.
This year, 40 team members from Toyota’s Chicago offices joined forces once again to benefit the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, near Batavia, Illinois. The volunteers planted approximately 200 oak trees, removed invasive small trees and brush, removed aging fence, and collected seeds from plants.
Mark Thompson, National Dealer Lending Manager – Central Region, at Toyota Financial Services commented that “the NPLD Chicago event was outstanding this year…all the Toyota team members in the Chicago area worked closely together to perform great work at the Dick Young Forest Preserve!” Rick Vernon, Regional Technical Service and Training Manager, at Toyota Motor Sales has led Chicago’s event since 2005. He reflected on the past 11 years, “We have planted nearly 1000 oak trees, harvested over $25,000 worth of seeds, cleared several thousand square feet of invasive species, helped re-fence hundreds of feet at the Dick Young Forest Preserve, and cleaned up trash along the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.”
Not bad for 1 days work every year!