Watertown: The Boys & Girls Club SoZo Teen Center, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County (CHJC), recently received a $2,590.00 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. CHJC Teen Center Youth Development Group Leader, Julian Mangano, accepted the donation from Janet Blackford, Taco Bell Area Coach; Richard Davis, Taco Bell Salmon Run Mall Manager; T
om Jones, Taco Bell Market Manager; Heather Center, Taco Bell Evans Mills Manager; and Greg Tolhurst, Taco Bell Arsenal Street Manager.
Established in 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens is a public 501c-3 charity committed to inspiring teenagers to graduate from high school and become caring, educated and productive adults. Through partners and programs, such as the Boys & Girls Club SoZo Teen Center, the Foundation has created a national focus to foster educational, career and service opportunities for teens. Funding comes from the generosity of Taco Bell customer donations, and the support of Taco Bell employees, franchisees and partners. The money donated was collected throughout 2017 at local Taco Bell restaurants. Canisters were placed in the restaurants allowing patrons to support the program by donating their spare change.
The Boys & Girls Club SoZo Teen Center is a drop-in Center open to area teens at no charge. It is located in the rear of the Marcy Building, 171 Polk Street, Watertown – just off Public Square. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 8:00 pm and on Friday till 9:00 pm.