On April 8th, Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s largest teen-serving organization, announced a groundbreaking five-year partnership to support teens on their path to graduate from high school; ready for a successful future. As part of the new commitment, the Taco Bell Foundation expects to provide a $30 million, multi-year grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America -the largest gift in the organization’s 108-year history. The partnership seeks to create a stronger generation of future leaders by providing critical resources that will inspire and enable teens to graduate from high school and unlock opportunities for college and jobs they may have only dreamed possible.
The historic announcement by Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America made on Capital Hill in Washington, DC was attended by Grammy Award Winning Singer and Actress Kelly Rowland, John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-OH); Brian Niccol, President, Taco Bell U.S. and Chairman, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens; Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kiana Knolland, 2013-2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year.
According to Education Week’s Diplomas Count 2013 report, a projected 1 million students failed to graduate with their class in 2013 and one in four American students will not graduate on time. Research shows that those who earn a high school diploma are more likely than dropouts to find a job and less likely to live in poverty and suffer from poor health.
By 2018, the partnership will provide resources to nearly all 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, with a goal of helping more than half a million teens stay on track to graduate. This represents a 13 percent improvement over current national graduation trends and can produce approximately $14 billion in economic impact on our nation.
This new partnership will help rising eighth and ninth graders transition into high school with the tools and mindset needed to excel in high school, and beyond. Teens will have new opportunities to:
- Participate in high school workshops and coaching programs;
- Gain access to an online community for peer support;
- Meet with mentors in their local area;
- Learn about the college experience with visits to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country; and
- Attend career preparation and course planning sessions.
Through the partnership, a unique college scholarship service for teen Club members will be established to reduce financial barriers by providing access to $83 million in scholarship and financial aid opportunities over the next five years.
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