Donation from Taco Bell to help programs of Boys and Girls Club

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - More than $4,000 is headed to Utica to help local kids become education, caring citizens.

Taco Bell presented The Boys and Girls Club of Utica with a check for $4,090 Tuesday morning through the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens program.

The program works to inspire teens to graduate from high school and become caring, educated and productive adults.

"Resources that we got for Taco Bell literally helps us provide programs for hundreds and hundreds of kids, socio-economically, sort of disadvantaged in the Utica-Rome area," said Wayne Baran, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club. "Those programs include academic help, gang prevention, drug prevention, teen pregnancy, a thing called 'Job Teady,' which helps kids get jobs, resume writing, looking at colleges, just a myriad of programs that this money goes to to help these teens."

Funding comes from the generosity of Taco Bell customer donations and the support of Taco Bell employees, franchisees and partners.

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