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TOYOTA USA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $465,000 IN NEW GRANTS

 TOYOTA USA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $465,000 IN NEW GRANTS
 TORRANCE, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toyota USA Foundation


has awarded six new grants, totaling $465,000 to the following organizations serving children and youth:
 The ASPIRA Association Inc. (Washington, D.C.), $200,000, over five years, to support the Public Policy Leadership Program, in which 20 outstanding Latino junior high and high school students from across the country serve summer internships in Washington, working closely with national policy-makers. Taking its name from the Spanish verb "to aspire to something greater," ASPIRA is a national organization devoted solely to serving Latino youth through leadership development and education. Toyota has supported ASPIRA since 1990.
 The JASON Foundation for Education (Waltham, Mass.), $100,000, over two years, to support "The JASON Project," a nationwide educational program developed by world-renowned marine scientist and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. JASON is a remotely operated underwater vehicle first used during the discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic. Using a sophisticated telecommunications network, "The JASON Project" takes students on electronic field trips to actual sites of scientific discovery, and allows them to become hands-on participants. To date, more than 1 million students have participated in the program. In March 1993, Ballard will lead another half million students from 25 cities on a two- week expedition of the Sea of Cortez.
 The John Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth (CTY) (Baltimore), $50,000, to establish a scholarship fund targeted at bright, economically disadvantaged students (aged 12-16) who qualify for CTY's Talent Search and Academic Programs. CTY's Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh-graders nationwide and provides them with an assessment of their abilities; CTY's Academic Programs help students develop these talents to their fullest.
 Pegasus Players (Chicago), $25,000, to support the theater company's "Young Playwrights Festival," an annual playwriting competition for Chicago teens. Each year, Pegasus Players professionally produces four winning one-act plays written and submitted by students. The plays are presented as part of the theater's mainstage season. This marks the Toyota USA Foundation's third year of support of the festival.
 Shooting Back Inc. (Minneapolis), $50,000, to establish a Shooting Back Education & Media Center in Minneapolis serving Native American youth. Shooting Back was founded in 1989 by photojournalist and former UPI photographer Jim Hubbard. As an outgrowth of his Pulitzer-nominated documentary work on homelessness, Hubbard began teaching homeless children in Washington, D.C., how to take pictures of their own. Shooting Back has since taught more than 500 at-risk youth how to document their world through photography. One hundred fifty of their prints have been exhibited in a national show seen by more than 90,000 people. Modeled after the acclaimed Washington program, the Minneapolis center will provide urban and rural Native American youth with year- round workshops and training in photography, writing and communication skills. Their work will be exhibited on Capitol Hill in the fall of 1993.
 University of Southern California - School of Public Administration (Los Angeles), $40,000, to underwrite scholarships for low-income high school sophomores and juniors to participate in the "Summer Leadership Institute," a month-long intensive leadership development program in conjunction with the Junior Statesmen Foundation. The institute will bring together students from diverse backgrounds for instruction and experience in the processes of governance and free enterprise to prepare them for active, effective leadership in a diverse and multiethnic society. Elements of the program include: discussions with elected officials; participation in role-playing exercises; site visits to public works and manufacturing facilities; and debates concerning issues facing urban California.
 Now in its fifth year of grantmaking, the Toyota USA Foundation funds educational programs with special emphasis on pre-college (K-12) education. Guidelines and an application can be obtained by writing to:
 Toyota USA Foundation
 19001 S. Western Ave.
 Torrance, CA 90509
 Attn: Foundation Administrator
 -0- 5/28/92
 /CONTACT: Patricia Hull of the Toyota USA Foundation, 310-618-6766/ CO: Toyota USA Foundation ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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