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TACO BELL® FOUNDATION FOR TEENS™ AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEAM UP TO HELP MORE PIKES PEAK REGION HIGH SCHOOLERS GRADUATE

Colorado Springs, CO (May 1, 2015) – On Friday, May 8 from 6:30-9PM, the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region will host an event in honor of the local high schoolers who graduated in the Class of 2015. The celebration, which will feature a local DJ and cool giveaways, was made possible through a generous grant from the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™.

“We’ve watched the youth 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 James Sullivan, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club. “We appreciate the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ for recognizing our new grads and committing to our future ones through the Foundation’s long-term support of our Clubs.”

The grant to the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region was part of a new, five-year partnership between the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America that is expected to raise $30 million to support more teenagers and improve America’s high school graduation rate. On April 8, 2014, the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America unveiled their groundbreaking partnership, which represents the largest such partnership to support teens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ 108-year history. The effort comes at a critical time when, according to Education Week’s Diplomas Count report, a projected 1 million students failed to graduate with their class in 2013 and one in four American students will not graduate on time.

“Taco Bell’s legacy is largely tied to teen empowerment. Our founder Glen Bell actually discovered his passion for food in his youth while helping his family farm during the Great Depression,” said Regina Borda, managing director of the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™. “Over the years, Taco Bell has witnessed our scholarship recipients, our teen customers and our teen employees truly achieve más. The partnership between the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America is an extension of our steadfast commitment to see as many teens as possible graduate and go on to do great things.”

Locally, the partnership with the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ will help rising eighth and ninth graders transition into high school with the tools and mindset needed to excel in high school, and beyond. Teens will have new opportunities to:

Participate in high school workshops and coaching programs
Gain access to an online community for peer support
Meet with mentors in their local area
Learn about the college experience with visits to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country
Attend career preparation and course planning sessions
A National Scholarship Task Force also will be established to identify and secure $83 million in scholarship and financial aid opportunities over the next five years for all teen Boys & Girls Club members. By 2018, the partnership will provide resources to nearly all 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs sites, with a goal of helping more than half a million teens stay on track to graduate, which will represent a 13 percent improvement over current national graduation trends and can produce approximately $14 billion in economic impact for the nation.

About Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™
Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate from high school and achieve más through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 2 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor-partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit tacobellforteens.org, and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TacoBell4Teens.

About Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet- inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

About Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region
Since 1888, the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region has served the Colorado Springs community by providing kids and teens with a safe place to learn and grow. Our organization is the oldest Club west of the Mississippi River and the eighth oldest Club of more than 4,000 worldwide. Each year, we serve approximately 3,500 youth with nationally acclaimed programming in five key areas: education and career development; character and leadership development; the arts; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation. Great futures start here! For more about us visit http://www.bgcppr.org/about-us.