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Fresno Boys & Girls Clubs Ring up a Taco Bell Grant. How Big Is It?
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By Anya Ellis, Berkeley Correspondent
Published 2 weeks ago on
June 7, 2024

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County received a $55,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to bolster the ambitions of youth in Fresno. (GV Wire Composite/David Rodriguez)

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County was awarded a $55,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to bolster the ambitions of youth in Fresno.

The grant will be allocated to after-school programs that concentrate on career and college preparation, mentorship, and supplying stipends for teens’ first jobs.

These programs are designed to educate and embolden the next generation, officials said.

“Our partnership with Taco Bell has a huge ripple effect in our community because many teens from our clubhouses graduate high school and go on to become leaders, advocates, and philanthropists,” said Diane Carbray President/CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County, “After-school programs at the clubs will continue to help youth dream big, be bold, and succeed.”

For 75 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs has cultivated safe spaces and enabled youth to reach their full potential. It is a private non-profit serving ages 6-18 at 14 locations in Fresno and also the largest youth-service organization in the county.

The organization is one of more than 450 youth-focused groups that will receive a portion of nearly $23 million in grants provided by the Taco Bell Foundation this year.

“Our Community Grants program is unique because the funds are dispersed back to organizations in the local community they are raised in,” said Neil Borkan, chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation.

The foundation has awarded more than $188 million in grants and scholarships since its start in 1992.

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Anya Ellis,
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Anya Ellis began working for GV Wire in July 2023. The daughter of journalists, Anya is a Fresno native and Buchanan High School graduate. She is currently at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in film and media studies and minoring in creative writing. She plans to pursue her masters in screenwriting after graduating. You can contact Anya at anya.ellis@gvwire.com.

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