Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Announces $1.4M in New Grants

Focused on Empowering Youth with Disabilities to Lead Productive Lives

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation announces $1,400,000 in new grants to eight organizations as part of its national M>PWR possible Initiative.

The 10-year, M>PWR possible Initiative funds projects designed to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM).

“By supporting innovative approaches to help youth with disabilities gain career exposure, employment skills, and hands-on experience in the workplace, we are seeing an increase in real, competitive employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities entering the workforce,” says Kevin R. Webb, senior director, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. “Employers are beginning to see people with disabilities as an untapped talent pool, and people with disabilities are becoming truly empowered to pursue their career interests,” continued Webb, “which is the ultimate goal of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation’s M>PWR possible Initiative.”

New Grants

In addition to these new grants, continuing, multiyear projects will receive $396,000 in 2019 funds.

Continuing Projects

M>PWR possible Initiative projects continuing beyond the foundation’s initial funding, include:

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, based in the Washington, DC area, was established in 1991 by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies, which produce, sell and distribute a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial and professional electronics products. The Foundation has contributed more than $17 million to organizations that are empowering young people with disabilities to lead more inclusive and productive lives.

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