PLANO, TX – Toyota Financial Services (TFS) strives to increase equity in underserved communities by partnering with schools that seek equal access to quality education, tools, and resources. At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, TFS launched the Toyota Leadership Academycreated in partnership with the Lancaster Independent School District (ISD) in north texas. This program prepares students for personal, academic, and professional success by offering a specialized curriculum designed to increase high school graduation rates, improve college, career, and leadership readiness, and introduce students for job opportunities in the global workforce.
Toyota Leadership Academy the curriculum is anchored in the Toyota way principles of caring for others and showing respect for people and incorporates the best educational practices adapted to students at each grade level, from elementary to high school. Feedback from teachers and administrators has been essential in adapting the Academy’s course offerings. More than 200 Lancaster educators received training in new teaching techniques.
“The Toyota Leadership Academy aligns with our district’s vision that every student succeeds. Additionally, the program’s collaborative effort provides significant benefits to our scholars,” said Dr. Katrise Perera, ISD Superintendent of Lancaster. “The program helps ensure that our students have the skills to thrive in a global community, while equipping them with knowledge and resources they will use throughout their school careers and beyond.”
The Academy components are delivered through a unique hybrid approach of classroom and virtual learning. Toyota team members provide mentorship to students on campus and through online meetings.
“Mentoring is an essential part of Leadership Academy,’ said Darryn Hymanmanager of the Toyota Leadership Academy. ‘He allows Toyota team members to share real-world experiences with students. And, since we’re able to leverage technology, students can benefit from mentors who aren’t even in the business. dallas Region.’
Lancaster ISD was an ideal partner to pilot Toyota Leadership Academydepending on the size of the district, its location, the economic needs of the region and, above all, its interest in exploring new solutions for the benefit of its student population. Lancaster educators, like so many across the country, are dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences while managing limited resources.
“Not everyone recognizes that most educators are very good at finding innovative solutions to engage and inform students,” said Bell PatoniaHead of Access and Accountability, Lancaster Independent School District. “During COVID, we have had to embrace new technologies to support learning. And that’s on top of the already significant changes teachers make every year to ensure their teaching methods are up to date. Our business is constantly evolving out of necessity. Teachers always go the extra mile to help their students succeed.
This focus on innovation and maximizing efficiency are attributes that educators share with Toyota, renowned for its hyper-efficient production systems. When approached by TFS, Lancaster ISD executives expressed interest in joining the company to develop innovative educational solutions.
“When Toyota gets involved in a community project, we try to share our knowledge as well as our resources,” said Marc TemplinPresident and CEO of Toyota Financial Services. “We aim to partner with communities to understand their needs so we can work together – combining our expertise and theirs to create the right solutions.”
“At TFS, we consider education a priority. We are focused on educating today’s students to build tomorrow’s leaders,” added Ellen Farrell, TFS Group Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Program Sponsor. “We support students throughout their schooling – from elementary through high school and beyond. Our partnerships with the education community help us develop programs that enable students to learn, achieve and succeed.
The Toyota Leadership Academy first school year was a success. More than 60 first and second graders received special reading tutoring from Toyota Members of the team. These students saw their reading comprehension scores improve. Math enrichment programs with additional tutoring helped 175 third and sixth graders. And 1,500 high school students completed a program in their choice of business administration, engineering, cybersecurity, or programming and software development. TFS now works with Lancaster School District on program expansion, including the introduction of financial literacy courses.
At the end of the school year, TFS was proud to support the Lancaster ISD STEM Expo Hack-a-thon. Lancaster High School teams competed to create an innovative STEM app that could improve their community. The winning team of three students developed an app that would help adults track missing children and pets. TFS was proud to award each student a $2,500 scholarship to be used for tuition fees at any accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning.
“There is an African proverb that it takes a whole village to raise children,” said Shelia Benskin, director of vocational and technical training for Lancaster ISD. “In education, we cannot do this alone. What I see with Toyota is this opportunity to bring others to this great village with us to help our students pursue excellence in education and begin the journey towards a future career in business and industry.
The Toyota Leadership Academy is another example of Toyota commitment to education. The automaker recently announced its Driving Possibilities program, a new national program $110 million education and community-focused initiative to create innovative educational programs and improve access to opportunities where barriers exist. For more information on Toyota commitment to education, please visit the Toyota press room.
About Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the financial and related products brand for Toyota in United Statesoffering retail automotive financing and leasing through Toyota Auto Loan Company (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust. TFS also offers vehicle and payment protection products through Toyota Auto Insurance Services (TMIS). The company serves Lexus dealerships and customers using the Lexus Financial Services Mark.
From March 31, 2022TFS employed approximately 3,700 team members nationwide and had assets totaling more than $135 billion. It is part of a global network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation100% subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
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