LOCAL Boys & girls clubs of central misssissippi AWARDED MORE THAN $24,030.00 in grants TO HELP MORE hinds and Madison county HIGH SCHOOLERS GRADUATE
[Jackson, Mississippi] (September 9, 2014) – Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi received a $24,030.00 grant provided by the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ to support close to 175 teens. The funding will go towards college prep sessions, mentoring, college tours and other programs that enable and inspire Hinds and Madison County’s teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential.
“We are thrilled to play a part in the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ investment in America’s future leaders,” said Penney King, CEO/President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. “When you come across another organization that believes in teens and the power of education, you know there’s a special energy there. This mission we’re sharing is one with an enormous upside for our teens, our communities and our country at large.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is one of more than 300 teen-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $7.5 million in grants being presented by Taco Bell’s philanthropic arm this year. The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ is working to end the high school dropout crisis by expanding academic, career and mentoring opportunities among America’s teens. The awarded grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ goal to invest in teens – our customers, employees, friends, families and future leaders – to set all of our communities up for future success.
“The dropout crisis is real, but it is also beatable, and we see examples every day and everywhere of teens pledging to graduate to actively pursue their dreams,” said Regina Borda, managing director of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™. “Expanding our impact at the local level is one of the best ways that Taco Bell® can – in our words – give más to our teens so that they can live más in our communities.”
Throughout its 20-year history, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™ has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships through the ongoing support of its customers, employees, vendor partners and franchisees. Its core programs – including a newly launched $30 million, five-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – provide educational support and job training to help teens identify career opportunities and develop their interests.
About Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens ™
Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate from high school and achieve más through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 2 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor-partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit tacobellforteens.org, and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TacoBell4Teens.
About Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed the Beat® music program and nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organization have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.