Two students holding giant check from Taco Bell Foundation grantLOCAL ORGANIZATION AWARDED $3,500 TO HELP MORE KANSAS YOUNG PEOPLE FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS

TOPEKA (April 23, 2019) – Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) received a $3,500.00 grant provided by the Taco Bell Foundation to support more than 300 youth from across the state of Kansas. The funding went towards the annual Career Development Conference (CDC). The CDC allows our top students to showcase the skills they have been perfecting in the classroom by participating in competitive events.

The CDC for High School programs was held in Salina, Kansas on Wednesday, April 17 and featured competitions in Math, Public Speaking, Project Based Learning, Employability, Mapping My Future, and Students for Service. Post-secondary institutions and potential employers provided a Career Browsing Fair for the students. Middle School students visited Salina on Thursday, April 18 for a day of competition and team building activities.

JAG-K is one of more than 350 youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $5 million in grants being presented by the Taco Bell Foundation’s philanthropic arm this year. The awarded grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s goal to empower young people to channel their passions and go on to achieve their dreams.

“Young people have always been the heart and soul of our brand,” said Frank Tucker, Chief People Officer at Taco Bell and President of the Taco Bell Foundation. “Expanding our impact in this community is one of the best ways we can support the passions of young people and create opportunities that help them unlock and reach their potential.”

About Taco Bell Foundation

Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that helps America’s young people follow their dreams and reach their full potential. Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has helped more than 3.5 million youth across the country and has awarded more than $72 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 next generation of dreamers, innovators and creators – those whose passions don’t fall into the conventional “academic” or “athletic” qualifying categories of traditional scholarship programs. In May of 2018, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded more than 300 employees and other deserving recipients with $3 million in Live Más Scholarships. For more information visit TacoBellFoundation.org.  

About Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas

JAG-K is a 501(c)3 non-profit that partners with public schools to offer an elective class that provides academic and other positive supports to ensure students earn their diploma. By exploring career opportunities and practicing soft skills, students are prepared to successfully transition to post-secondary education, military service, or into the workforce following their high school graduation.

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