Taco Bell, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Boost High School Graduation Rates

The and have announced a five-year, $30 million initiative to help teens graduate from high school career- and college-ready.

The largest financial commitment to BGCA in the organization's 108-year history will provide resources to Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation by 2018, with the goal of helping more than half a million students stay on track to graduate from high school. To equip eighth- and ninth-graders with the tools and mindset needed to excel in high school and beyond, the initiative will offer access to workshops and coaching programs; an online peer support community; mentoring; opportunities to visit trade schools, colleges, and universities; and career preparation and course planning sessions.

In addition, the two organizations will work to create a college scholarship service that provides teenaged club members with access to $83 million in scholarship and financial aid opportunities over the next five years.

"It is clear that there is a gap between graduation expectations and achievement among teens," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Through the continued support [of] and unwavering commitment from the Taco Bell Foundation, this partnership will allow us to empower our nation’s young people with the tools, resources and mentors to help them on their path to a great future."

"." Taco Bell Foundation Press Release 04/09/2014.