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PPG foundation donates $16,000 to Youth for Technology Foundation

Grant supports 3D Printing Academy for Louisville-area students

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 23, 2015 – The PPG Industries Foundation recently donated $16,000 to the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) in Louisville, Kentucky, to support the organization’s innovative programs that encourage positive youth development for K-12 students in underprivileged areas in the United States, Africa and Latin America. The grant was made on behalf of PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) architectural coatings plant in Louisville.

“We’re glad that PPG and its foundation share the same passion for science, mathematics and innovation that YTF has,” said Njideka Harry, president and CEO of YTF. “YTF’s unique programs have positively impacted youth skills development and employment in low-income communities for the past 15 years, and with support from organizations such as PPG, we can continue to solve critical problems through technology.”

The PPG Industries Foundation grant will support the YTF 3D Printing Academy, a weeklong event in Louisville for students that includes seminars on digital literacy, digital security, 3D printing, basic and advanced computer-aided design (CAD) software, 3D scanners, prototyping, and programming basics. Attendees will also participate remotely in collaborative projects with YTF’s 3D Africa programs in Nigeria and Kenya.

According to Harry, many professionals in careers related to science, technology, engineering and math use 3D printing as a way to determine if an idea will work at a fraction of the cost and time of creating a traditional prototype. The 3D-printed models enable students to verify and modify scientific theories by providing hands-on, inquiry-based and problem-oriented learning.

“At PPG, we believe it’s crucial to ensure we are equipping today’s youth with the necessary tools and information to help them succeed in engineering and science careers,” said Chris Smith, Louisville plant manager, PPG Architectural Coatings. “Programs such as YTF’s 3D Printing Academy are a great way to educate today’s youth about using the latest technology for innovation.”

The PPG Industries Foundation aims to create brighter, more colorful communities where PPG has a presence in the United States. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in industries related to coatings and specialty materials. Plus, we empower PPG employees to make an impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com.

About Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)
YTF is an international nonprofit organization located in Louisville, Kentucky. The mission of YTF is to provide disadvantaged youth with innovative technology as a tool for learning and for careers of the future. YTF works to transform low-income communities into enriched learning environments. For 15 years, YTF has worked with teachers and students in schools and after-school communities to connect students in developing countries with students and teachers across the U.S. Youth collaborate on innovative cross-cultural programs designed to use technology as an enabler by identifying a social or economic issue and then addressing the problem through technology, STEM education, advocacy, and a targeted dissemination of solutions. For more information, please visit www.youthfortechnology.org or follow @youthfortech on Twitter.

PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.
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Katie Kirkpatrick
PPG Architectural Coatings