|For Immediate Release
December 6, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
100 STUDENTS INVITED FOR AN INSIDE LOOK
AT FORD REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR
GANG PREVENTION INCENTIVE
*Media interested in attending are asked to arrive at the Ford building by 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2012
ORANGE COUNTY – Ford Motor Company (Ford) has invited 100 elementary and middle school at-risk students to visit the Ford facilities as an incentive for positive behavior, perfect attendance, and staying out of gangs. To earn this reward, the students met a challenge to have no unexcused absences, criminal activity or arrests, violence or weapons on campus, and no gang-related clothing, writing, or behavior.
During the visit to the Ford Irvine headquarters, the students will spend time with Ford’s design team learning about the studio design process, including the Ford Shelby GR1, the Lincoln MKR and the Ford START, three futuristic concept cars. They will also experience an interactive look at the latest Ford police vehicles with Orange County law enforcement officers. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Taco Bell.
Media interested in attending the event may contact Orange County District Attorney Spokesperson Farrah Emami at (714) 347-8405 to RSVP.
Ford has teamed with Orange County law enforcement in the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP), which aims to prevent juveniles from being victims of or participants in gang crimes by identifying at-risk youth, increasing school attendance, and decreasing gang activity.
“OC GRIP is a powerful partnership with the community, and Ford is thrilled to be a participant,” stated Tom Brewer, General Manager of Ford Motor Company West Market Area. “Our employees have found it tremendously fulfilling to spend time with OC GRIP students. We have shared many stories in common that we hope will provide inspiration toward the students’ future success. We are planning a truly special experience for December 7 that will certainly convey that message.”
The students will be greeted by guest presenters Henry Ford III, great-great grandson of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, and Mad Mike, star of SPEED TV’s “Pimp My Ride,” who will explain the dangers of gang membership.