Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp.’s mentorships and other programs for teens have been recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The award to the fast-food chain, part of Louisville, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc., came at Thursday evening’s Great Futures Gala in Los Angeles.
It’s the first time the honor has been given to a corporation.
Taco Bell, through its nonprofit Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, has given $35 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1995.
The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens will have given about $5 million in local grants to Boys & Girls Clubs and other teen-oriented organizations nationally by the end of this year.
The Foundation provides grants, job training, college preparation and other programs encouraging teens to finish high school.