CHARLOTTE, NC (June 1, 2021) – Today, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte received a $14,700 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to support youth in the community working hard to achieve their dreams. The funds will go toward career readiness programs at the Clubs, providing teen members access to learning opportunities and other programs that inspire the next generation of leaders.
“We are honored to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation in championing the educational dreams of our young people,” said Marty Clary, the executive director for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. “The vision we share with the Taco Bell Foundation is one in which every young person has access to quality education and the resources they need to create good.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte is one of more than 400+ youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $10 million in grants being presented by the Taco Bell Foundation this year. The grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission to fuel young people’s boldest educational ambitions.
“We are proud to support like-minded organizations through our Local Grants Program,” said Jennifer Bradbury, Interim Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation. “Together with these organizations, we work to break down barriers so students nationwide can continue creating and innovating. This $10 million is going back to those in our local communities who are most hungry to learn.”
About Taco Bell Foundation
Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501©(3) tax-exempt public charity that educates and inspires the next generation of leaders through programming like the Live Más Scholarship and the Local Grants Program. Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in grants and scholarships, focused on education and career readiness. In 2015, Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation launched the Live Más Scholarship, a program aimed at empowering the nation’s young innovators and creators. In May 2021, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded $7 million in Live Más Scholarships to 420 students. For more information visit TacoBellFoundation.org.
About The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte was founded in 1935, giving local youth a safe place to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsibly citizens. Today, six clubs serve more than 1,200 members in Mecklenburg and Union counties. For a membership fee of only $5, school-aged children can join the Boys & Girls Clubs, where they will find a positive and fun place to spend out-of-school time. At the Club, they receive guidance from trained Youth Development staff and volunteer mentors and access to various academic and recreational programs. Other key program areas include the arts, character and leadership development, financial literacy, STEM, and health and life skills. For more than 80 years, Boys & Girls Club sites located in diverse neighborhoods and in close proximity to public housing have provided safe and positive environments to help children excel in school and succeed in life. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte is a program of The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. For more information, visit BGCCharlotte.org.