Aaron's surprised teens last Friday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami.
Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked over the last several weeks painting, decorating and furnishing a study, lounge and games area in a multipurpose space at the Club. On Friday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Dynamic Blue; Byte Blue; Redbud and Charming Pink.
"With Thanksgiving around the corner, Aaron's is so grateful to be in a position to help teens across the country and here in Miami. We have been awestruck by the enthusiasm our associates bring to these renovations and the ongoing relationship with the Clubs in their communities," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "The Hank Kline Club is focused on preparing teens for college and beyond by providing positive, enjoyable programs, so it's vital that the Club is a comfortable and tech-enabled environment to help them succeed. Aaron's looks forward to continuing our commitment to the Keystone Program in 2017."
In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $24,000.
"The teen program at the Hank Kline Club is now in its fourth year and it's amazing to see how many kids in our community have flocked here who previously didn't have a safe space to go to after school," said Eddie Rodriguez, Unit Director of the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club. "Thanks to Aaron's generosity, we now have the resources to serve even more teens in Miami and I expect that many more kids will bring their peers to join the Club and become leaders in their community."
Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:
· Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
· Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
· Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.
To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami, visit Aaron's on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.