SYLMAR, Calif.–PPG announced that the PPG Foundation recently invested $31,000 in five California organizations to support youth education. The grants were made in the fourth quarter of 2018 on behalf of PPG’s aerospace business, which operates an administrative office and manufacturing facility in Sylmar, California.
The grant recipients and funding purposes were:
- Olive Vista Middle School: $10,000 for a Model United Nations program, which will provide middle school students with leadership training, debate and public speaking skills.
- Girls Inc. of Orange County: $10,000 to support Eureka!, which aims to increase underserved girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects so they pursue higher education and consider STEM careers as a means to self-sufficiency.
- California State University Northridge Foundation: $5,000 to support Rally in the Valley, which is an annual robotics competition and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) exposition.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: $5,000 to support the Noche De Ciencias (Night of Science) event, which increases awareness of STEM fields among Hispanic, African-American and Asian students and their parents.
- Burbank Coordinating Council: $1,000 to provide children from low-income families the opportunity to attend summer camp programs designed to foster leadership skills, self-confidence, socialization and more.
“PPG is committed to helping young people make informed decisions about their future and fostering the necessary skills for students going into the manufacturing industry,” said Tim Behmlander, PPG general manager, aerospace, Americas.