Aaron's surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. The event marked the 21st refresh by Aaron's and Progressive in communities across the U.S.
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 installing new furniture and computers in lounge, study space, and games areas at the Club. On Wednesday, Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs and sound systems.
"The Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club is one of the busiest youth programs in Milwaukee, serving over 300 kids in a day, and it's vital to make sure those teens can enjoy a safe and positive environment," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Aaron'sis excited to make this contribution to Milwaukee teens so that they can continue to develop their leadership and community service skills."
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 20 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 Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukeeincludes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $29,000.
"It was such a thrill to see the surprise and happiness on all of our teens' faces at this surprise unveiling," said Vincent Lyles, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. "The Don & Sallie Davis Club is an invaluable resource for the Milwaukee community, and we're so grateful to Aaron's for inspiring our teen members so they can become leaders in their communities and beyond."
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.