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.

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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.