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Taco Bell, Boys & Girls Clubs of York County help high school students

Taco Bell is partnering with organization such as the York County Boys & Girls Clubs to help more students graduate.
Taco Bell is partnering with organization such as the York County Boys & Girls Clubs to help more students graduate. AP

Taco Bell’s “Graduate For Mas” national program has helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County assist three high school students to complete their education.

The York County club received a $5,000 grant from Taco Bell which allowed it to offer programs that helped students stay in school and graduate on time, said David Carriker, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of York County.

It was the first year the York County club has participated in the program, Carriker said.

The grant allowed the local club to purchase curriculum material, offer some college campus tours and engage parents in the education process.

The program was offered at the club three teen centers, Rock Hill, Clover and Catawba.

Carriker said helping teens with their education is an essential mission of the local club. “This wasn’t special, we were just doing our job,” he said.

But what it did do, he said, was help teens who were struggling. “If you graduate, the world changes for the better,” Carriker said.

The local club anticipates expanding the program next year as it hopes to receive more grants in the coming year, he said. Carriker said he expects more teens will benefit from the program next year.

Nationally, 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.

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