Winterville, NC June 2, 2023
Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain received a $25,000 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation to support more than 2,700 youth in eastern North Carolina. The funds will go toward academic success programming and other efforts to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders.
“It’s a privilege to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation in educating and inspiring young people nationwide,” said Mark Holtzman, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. “Together, we are working to break down barriers to education for future leaders.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is one of more than 450+ youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $15 million in Community Grants presented by the Taco Bell Foundation this year. The grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission to break down barriers to education and fuel young people’s boldest ambitions.
“We are proud that the work we do through our Community Grants program connects young people with the resources and opportunities they need to learn and drive change,” said Jennifer Bradbury, Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation.
About the 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 5 million young people across the country and has awarded more than $150 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 fueling the bold ambitions of America’s future leaders. In May 2023, the Taco Bell Foundation awarded $10 million in Live Más Scholarships to over 900 students. For more information, visit TacoBellFoundation.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
The organization began in 1969 as a Boys Club with a very modest operation at the Pitt County Fairgrounds. Since that time, the organization has experienced significant growth in membership, programs, and facilities. In 1992 the Jack Minges Unit was built to accommodate the growing need and to include girls in membership. Additional units have been established in Ayden, Farmville, West Greenville, and north of the Tar River. BGCCP assumed responsibility for the Club in Lenoir County in 2010, two Clubs in Beaufort County in 2013, opened a new Club in November 2013 in Greene County, and now has opened two Clubs in Martin County. In 2017, BGCCP merged with the Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina to add 6 Clubs in Craven and Carteret Counties. Today, more than 3,000 young people are taking advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by our 17 Clubs in 7 contingent counties: Pitt, Lenoir, Beaufort, Greene, Martin, Carteret, and Craven Counties.