“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
Alcoa Foundation partners –
This is one of my favorite quotes because while it recognizes that there is much need in the world, it celebrates the power of the individual to have an impact. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the larger challenges we seek to solve: preparing children for brighter futures, protecting and improving our environment and strengthening global industry. But admirable are those like you who are not daunted by the task, who see that - as the old saying goes - to change a life is to change the world.
What’s also inspiring about this quote is the potential we can realize when we harness the power of the individual into partnerships that create a multiplier effect. Or as Alcoa’s Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld often notes, “No one is perfect but a team can be.”
And what a great team I have had the privilege to be on. I want to thank you – Alcoa Foundation partners – for your dedication and collaboration the last three and a half years. You made it a very difficult decision for me to accept a position outside of Alcoa but I know the impressive work we’ve begun will continue under the exceptional leadership of Esra Ozer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and with the outstanding Foundation team you already know.
Thank you again for being a part of the Alcoa Foundation team and for sharing our passion for “doing something” in education, the environment and volunteerism. Our communities are stronger for your efforts, and I look forward to seeing new and exciting initiatives from your organizations and Alcoa Foundation for years to come.
All the best,
What's Happening Around Our Focus Areas and Alcoa
The following article was published by STEMConnector in their “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” edition.
“The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 21st in science. We are woefully behind. The only way to change this situation is through public-private partnerships.” - Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa Read more
Tree Number 125,000 Symbolizes 125 years of Alcoa
In collaboration with Tree Canada and Les Amis de la Montagne, new trees were planted on Mount Royal in downtown Montreal. The initiative, which marked Alcoa Canada’s 125,000th tree planted, is part of Alcoa’s Ten Million Trees program, launched in 2003 to help preserve the natural beauty of our forests and counter climate change. Read more
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 12 Countries Partner to Protect the Planet
Through a $1.5 million grant, Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring nearly 700 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 12 countries within Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to “twin” together on local and global environmental projects. All of the projects will engage at least 400 additional youth. The scouts are partnering to reduce waste, conserve energy, and plant rain gardens as part of the Together Greening program. The environmental impacts to date include: 64 million lbs. of waste eliminated, 250,000 kWh of energy saved and 400 million lbs. of Co2 saved. Read more
Pledge to Encourage Recycling in the Workplace and Reduce Waste
Keep America Beautiful’s Recycling at Work initiative, designed to encourage businesses, organizations and institutions around the United States to pledge to increase workplace recycling, has launched a new website (RecyclingatWork.org) that features a host of tools and resources, including recycling bin discounts. Recycling at Work is a joint Clinton Global Initiative commitment between KAB and Alcoa Foundation to increase U.S. recycling rates to 75% by 2020. Read more
Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth
On September 30, the eve of Alcoa’s 125th anniversary, Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, announced a US$1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The program involves several manufacturing companies and will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Read more
What seperates the youth who can secure employment from those who cannot? The answer is training and work experience. Learn more in Re-engineering Education to Employment with Internships by Scott Hudson, Principal Manager, Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa Foundation Partners with Keystone Science School to Steer International Expansion for Environmental Education Program
Keystone Science School, a nonprofit organization that teaches scientific principles and leadership skills to educators, has developed interactive workshops to make science come to life through meaningful learning experiences. Alcoa Foundation sponsored 30 teachers from Australia, Canada, Jamaica and the United States, to attend Key Issues Institute in Silverthorne, CO. The professional development program provides teachers with resources to engage students in hands-on activities. Read more
Senior Researcher at Alcoa Talks About Starting a Successful STEM Career
Through Alcoa Foundation’s partnership with Change the Equation, one of Alcoa’s engineers was asked to participate in a video about what it means to start a career in STEM. Her bottom line: exploring your options and experimenting with a variety of academic and career pathways allows you to find what suits you best. The video was featured in a Huffington Post article as part of their “Girls in STEM” series. Read more