Boys & Girls Clubs Fort Wayne Get More Than $17,000 In Grants

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Boys & Girls Clubs Fort Wayne Get More Than $17,000 In Grants

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Taco Bell Foundation presented The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne with $17,450 in grants Friday.

The money will be used to benefit 85 local teens. The funds will support Teen Exploration & Preparation programming intended to enable and inspire teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential.

"The Taco Bell Foundation for Teen's generous support makes a meaningful impact on the lives of our Fort Wayne teens," said Joe Jordan, Executive Director. "It's because of partnerships like this that we are able to offer the academic, career, and mentorship experiences that inspire our teen members to stay committed to earning their high school degree and move onto great things in life."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is one of more than 300 teen-serving organizations nationwide to receive a portion of $3 million granted 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. "We are proud to support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and other like-minded community organizations that empower teens to live más and graduate from high school."

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