Funding the Future
The Sacramento Zoo Teen Program Receives Grant from Taco Bell

Each year, thousands of teenagers leave high school before receiving their diploma. The Sacramento Zoo’s Zoo Teen Program is helping to combat this crisis. The Taco Bell Foundation has recognized the impact that this program has on local youth and their futures through a $5,000 grant. The grant will serve 153 teens, ages 13-19, and will be utilized to update public education stations and improve the teen’s training experience.

The teens that participate in the Zoo Teen program show an interest in animals, the earth and our community. During their volunteer hours, teens interact with the public at their interpretive or conservation stations.  While helping to educate Zoo patrons, they learn public speaking skills, gain confidence and are encouraged to stay in school.

“I have had so much fun, so many opportunities and the program continues to grow more amazing every year,” said Rachel Bockrath, 16, a third year Zoo Teen.“ I can’t wait to come back next year and see the program grow and strengthen even more. Being a Zoo Teen has changed my life.”

Zoo Teens are placed in an environment where they are allowed to develop in their areas of interest while helping to educate visitors. The Zoo is honored that the Taco Bell Foundation supports this program as part of their commitment to fund real-world experience programs that help teens stay in school and graduate toward a better life.

The Sacramento Zoo is one of more than 250 organizations nationwide to receive a portion of a $2.7 million Graduate to Go™ grant from the Foundation. Graduate To Go™ is a long-term effort, launched by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens to raise awareness of the high school dropout crisis and encourage teens to get their diploma. The initiative funds real-world experiences, such as job training and college preparation, proven to motivate teens to stay in school. Funds were raised through local Taco Bell restaurant owners and its customers.

“The teen graduation crisis is a major hurdle for America as we strive to remain an innovative and powerful global leader,” said Bob Fulmer, Executive Director of Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “The vital partnerships and programs we are funding today allow Taco Bell to help teens build a foundation for a future success through the vehicle of graduation.”

If you, or anyone you know would like to support the Sacramento Zoo, opportunities to donate can be found at www.saczoo.org or call 916-808-5888.

Sacramento Zoo – Celebrating 85 years!

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society.  This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation.  Open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free.  Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org.

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