Boys & Girls Clubs receive $15k in funding from Taco Bell Foundation for Teens
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake Tahoe were recently awarded $15,000 from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.
The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe received $10,000 and the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe received $5,000.
The money from the foundation was also supported by customer contributions placed in canisters at Tahoe-area Taco Bell restaurants. Taco Bell franchisee Chris Walch and partners Bill and Mary Lou Mullin own Taco Bell restaurants throughout the area and are longtime supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Lake Tahoe chapter, which is based in South Lake Tahoe, will support the Be Great: Graduate program and the College Bound program, according to executive director Karen Houser.
Be Great: Graduate targets middle-school and high-school students in South Lake Tahoe schools to encourage and support them in completing high school. College Bound exposes students to area colleges through field trips and contact with current college students. The idea is encourage students to complete high school and to plant the seed the college attendance is a real possibility.
The North Lake Tahoe club plans to use the funding to support its college preparation program from teen members, who will attend a three-day Bay Area college tour during the summer, according to executive director Mindy Carbajal. In the fall, the money will support the club’s SAT test preparation programs. Some of the funds will also be used for the club’s Career Launch program, which prepares teens to enter the workplace.
The Taco Bell donation will also allow the local Boys & Girls Club board of directors to continue its plan to raise scholarship money for area youth to attend Lake Tahoe Community College, Houser stated in a press release.