08 January 2016

Alcoa Foundation grants $1,000,000 to support youth

Young people and schools in Western Australia’s Peel Region and in Portland Victoria will be the beneficiaries of several new Alcoa Foundation partnerships valued at more than $1 million set to commence this year.
Raising the study aspirations of Peel Region high school students is the focus of a three-year partnership with the University of Western Australia (UWA). The award-wining Aspire UWA program engages students, teachers and the community to promote the benefits of a university education. High schools in the Peel Region will be offered the program from 2016 to 2018.
Meanwhile Alcoa is continuing its longstanding relationship with Scitech with a new partnership to deliver the Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program (AMEP) to 20 primary schools in Portland, Peel and upper South West regions.
And a new partnership with GP down south to fund the Peel Youth Medical Service (PYMS) will help deliver health services to more than 600 young people, aged 12 to 25, across Waroona, Pinjarra, Mandurah, Yarloop, South Yunderup and Dwellingup.
Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker said the partnerships addressed important areas of community need in the Peel and Portland regions, particularly in developing the leaders and workforce of tomorrow.
“The number of young people entering university, in the Peel Region in particular, is significantly lower than the Western Australian (WA) average. By offering Aspire UWA to Peel Region high schools we hope to demystify tertiary education and encourage more than 1500 students to aim to reach their full potential,” Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker added that as the global economy evolves, so do the skills that will be needed by students as they look to enter the workforce in the future.
“Australia is lagging when it comes to professionals qualified in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM),” he said.
“We need to spark an interest in these subjects early if we are going to create a strong pipeline of people pursuing STEM related professions. The Alcoa Maths Enrichment Program helps achieve this by developing the confidence of year four and five educators to teach maths. The program will supply maths enrichment techniques to help teachers make maths more relevant and enjoyable for students.”
The AMEP was established by Alcoa and Scitech in 2012 and was embraced by 12 primary schools including Medina, Halls Head and Secret Harbour from 2013 to 2015.
This second three-year iteration of the partnership will make the program available to 12 schools in WA including Harvey, Yarloop, Waroona, Pinjarra and Mandurah. The program will also be offered in eight Portland schools over the next two years.
Greening Australia has also received a $500,000 Alcoa Foundation grant for works to be completed in 2016. This is the final instalment in an ambitious three-year partnership to plant one million trees in the Peel Harvey area adjacent to Alcoa’s Wagerup and Pinjarra refineries, as well as in Victoria.
Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952 in nonprofit organisations throughout the world, with half the funding going to local initiatives in the communities where Alcoa operates.
Media contact: Jodie Read on 0404 800 335, jodie.read@alcoa.com.au
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $475 million. Founded 63 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million in communities worldwide. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organisations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2014, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organisations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
About Alcoa
A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our approximately 59,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products.
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