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Boys & Girls Club receives $5,000 grant

Published 3:48pm Monday, April 22, 2013

Taco Bell is funding the future for a number of local youth.

A $5,000 grant was awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens to the Richard A. “Buck” Shaw Teen Center and the Goodwater “Teen Zone,” facilities of the Lake Martin Area Boys and Girls Club.

“It’s for career and college prep,” said marketing coordinator Glen Travis. “We use that money to get them out into colleges, to get them to experience what a college life would be like.”

Travis said Alexander City teens’ upcoming college events include a tour of Auburn University and then a visit from people at Virginia College.

“They are also going to be going on a tour of the hospital, as well as having a guest teacher come as a career coach and teach on resume building,” Travis said.

The Goodwater “Teen Zone” will be having a career day and will also be having a career coach come in once a week, Travis said.

“They don’t know what path they could take for their future,” Travis said. “Our job is to open up their eyes to what it could be like.”

According to a release announcing the grant, the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area is one of more than 300 teen-serving organizations nationwide to receive a portion of $3 million dollars given by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens this year.

“Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders, and they need the support of every community, business and elected official in order to succeed,” said Regina Borda, managing director of the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, in the release.

“We are proud to support the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area.”

The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens was founded in 1992 (initially as the Taco Bell Foundation, Inc.) with the purpose of serving America’s teens, according to the foundation’s website.