The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens builds partnerships with organizations that share the Foundation’s purpose and promise to inspire and enable teens to achieve más and graduate from high school. Through new and existing partners, we believe we can have a greater impact on the lives of teens and amplify our reach.
The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens is proud partner of America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. In February 2013, the Foundation participated in “Building a Grad Nation Summit” in Washington D.C. More than 800 individuals gathered to support the goal of ending the high school dropout crisis.
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Since 1995, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has awarded more than $41 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and local Boys and Girls Clubs, making the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens BGCA’s largest supporter of teens to date. In 2012, BGCA honored Taco Bell as the first corporation to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award for 20 years of its sustained commitment to teens. BGCA serves 4 million youth through 4,000 Clubs nationwide
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In partnership with Get Schooled, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens launched Graduate for Más™, a year-round program that challenges America’s teens to make a personal promise to graduate high school, encourages them to join a digital community of peers, and rewards their commitment through resources and incentives to keep teens on track and diploma bound.
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For more than 17 years, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has been the national sponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ most dynamic teen program, Keystone Club. Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14 to 18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement projects focused on community service, education and career preparation. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences. There are more than 1,600 Keystone Clubs nationwide.