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Taco Bell's Heart for the Kids

This summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County received a $20,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to support more than 800 youth in St. Charles County. The funds will go toward career/college prep sessions, mentoring, career exploration, technology, and other leadership programs that educate and inspire that next generation of leaders.

“We are honored to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation in championing the educational dreams of our young people,” said Karen Englert, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County. “The vision we share with the Taco Bell Foundation is one in which every young person has access to quality education, mentorship, and the resources they need to create great futures. Taco Bell Foundation funding is also supporting our new ACT Prep Program for members in grades 9-12 being piloted at the St. Charles Unit this summer.”

ACT Prep Pilot Group
Students from area high schools joined together for 10 weeks to pilot the new ACT Test Prep program at BGCSTC.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is one of more than 400+ youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $10 million in grants being presented by the Taco Bell Foundation this year. The grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission to fuel young people’s boldest educational ambitions. “We are proud to support like-minded organizations through our Local Grants Program,” said Jennifer Bradbury, Interim Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation. “Together with these organizations, we work to break down barriers so students nationwide can continue creating and innovating. This $10 million is going back to those in our local communities who are most hungry to learn.”

About Taco Bell Foundation

Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity that educates and inspires the next generation of leaders through programming like the Live Más Scholarship and the Local Grants Program. Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 4 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $110 million in grants and scholarships, focused on education and career readiness. In 2015, Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation launched the Live Más Scholarship, a program aimed at empowering the nation’s young innovators and creators, awarding $7 million in Live Más Scholarships to 420 students in 2021. Learn more at

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