Throughout the month of March, Taco Bell Foundation will join forces with City Year, a national organization that helps students stay in school and on track to graduation, to celebrate City Year’s AmeriCorps member Appreciation Month and the commitment thousands of young adults have made to help students in high-need communities succeed. This year, 3,100 City Year AmeriCorps members are serving more than 210,000 students in hundreds of schools across the country.
As part of a commitment to helping young people pursue their educational goals and career aspirations, the Taco Bell Foundation is sponsoring City Year’s AmeriCorps member Appreciation Month in Baton Rouge. Throughout the month, Taco Bell Foundation and City Year will celebrate the critical role these young adults are playing to keep students on track to graduate high school, prepared for college, career and life success. Taco Bell® employees will participate in a variety of appreciation events, including a City Year Morning Greeting at a local school, where they will join AmeriCorps members as they enthusiastically welcome students arriving at school.
Each year, nearly 800,000 U.S. students drop out of school, which dramatically diminishes their lifetime prospects and carries negative consequences for our national economy. City Year AmeriCorps members receive more than 300 hours of training and serve full-time for 11 months, delivering research-based academic and social-emotional supports to ensure that students in their community succeed and thrive. As of March, 93 members serving in Baton Rouge will be six months into their year of service.
City Year’s AmeriCorps member Appreciation Month aims to inspire our partners, schools and communities to celebrate these young leaders who are making a measurable impact in the lives of children in our highest-need schools across the country.
“I am proud to lead 93 idealistic, young leaders who have selflessly given a year of service to positively transform the lives of Baton Rouge students as well as the broader community,” said Ryann Denham, Executive Director of City Year Baton Rouge. “We are grateful to Taco Bell for their belief in our organization and partnering with us to show City Year AmeriCorps members how much we appreciate their commitment to ensure every student has the opportunity to build a strong foundation for post-secondary success.”
Taco Bell Foundation’s sponsorship of AmeriCorps Members Appreciation month in Baton Rouge is part of its broader commitment to the next generation of young people. Taco Bell Foundation has supported City Year Baton Rouge over the past two years to encourage students to attend and arrive on time to school every day, helping to ensure those students stay in school and on track to graduate.