Aaron's surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati.
Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing gaming, lounge and leadership programming spaces at the Club. On Wednesday, 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 room: Heartthrob, Serious Gray, Black Magic and Alabaster.
"The U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and encouraging space for Cincinnati teens to achieve their goals and own their futures," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "On our 20th Teen Center renovation, Aaron's is proud to once again support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by providing these teens with the resources and technology that will allow them to excel as leaders in their community."
Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young attended the surprise unveiling and addressed the crowd. "The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has occupied a special place in my heart ever since I accepted my first job with the Club many years ago," he said. "I grew up in Avondale and today, my wife and I still call this place home. Thanks to our community partners like Aaron's, members of the U.S. Bank Club now have a well-equipped space that will inspire them to work hard and chase their dreams."
In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America'sKeystone 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 19 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.
"Teens who participate in Boys & Girls Club programs see improvements in grades and graduation rates, preparing them for greater success as young adults," said Valarie Pollard, Club Director of the U.S. Bank Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. "With the support of Aaron's, which has provided a state-of-the-art space for our club with new technology, furniture and appliances, our teens will learn and develop the skills that lead to successful futures."
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.