Asenath Andrews was the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit high school for teen moms. Principal Andrews gave the school’s students the tools to avert poverty, chart new paths, and even provided access to an early education program for their children. The girls were given an opportunity to continue their own studies, gain confidence, learns skills like gardening and perhaps even travel the world. Upon graduation, they were required to go on to either two or four year colleges or trade schools.
Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.
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