BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County announced that Bank of America granted the organization an award in the amount of $10,000 to support the "College is Possible" program for teens in East Bakersfield.
"By exposing Club members to the college experience, we're building their hopes and dreams while showing them the opportunities that await them with a high school diploma and college education," says Zane Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County
The "College is Possible" program is in its third year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and the program participants continue, through the organization's Keystone Club--for teens ages 13 to 18--to be the driving force behind planning and coordinating local or out of town campus tours, inviting guest career speakers ormentors, researching careers or colleges and coordinating a College Night for younger members.
“Bank of America recognizes that jobs and education play a critical role in advancing economic development, and we continue to look for ways to support innovative programs that help unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth, and those with disabilities connect with employment success,” said Lynn Knudson, Market President, Bank of America.
“The bank’s investment in the Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield is just one of the ways we are supporting education and workforce development organizations in our community and improving local economies across the country.”