On Friday, June 16, 2017, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas hosted an event to promote high school graduation among the hundreds of teens attending one of our 20 Club locations. The celebration, which had over 150 teens in attendance, featured food from Taco Bell and Pizza Hut; a college, trade school and military stations; a selfie wall with props; a pledge wall with “Class of” signs; a DJ; games; and more. There was even a performance by a local, youth step team. This amazing teen event was made possible through a $12,500 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation.
“Graduation season is our favorite time of year. We’ve watched the young men and women in our community work so hard to get to this point and it’s a thrill to share in their joy of earning that diploma,” said Charles English, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. “We appreciate the Taco Bell Foundation for recognizing and celebrating our new grads and committing to our future ones through the Foundation’s long-term support right in Dallas.”
The grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is part of a partnership between the Taco Bell Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support more young people through high school graduation and beyond.
“We founded the Taco Bell Foundation to invest in youth and ignite their futures, starting with graduation. These youth are our customers, friends, families, employees and our future leaders,” said Frank Tucker, Chief People Officer at Taco Bell Foundation. “Our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides an opportunity to deliver on our commitment to ensure youth are empowered to graduate high school and go onto pursue their dreams. We’re proud of the effort put forth by every youth being honored at this wonderful event.”