September 1, 2011 | 8:13am
Taco Bell Foundation for Teens and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation this week opened one of four "Graduate to Go Studios," a project built at Boys & Girls Clubs that will encourage teens to use the new, multi-media recording studios if they stay in school and graduate.
The "Graduate to Go Studios" is a mentoring program with college-like projects and a year-round curriculum to help teens learn about music and film production. The program will also offer job shadowing experiences at local entertainment companies and with media professionals to show teens how their dedication and hard work in the studio will apply to careers.
The inaugural location is at the L.A. Harbor Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro.
"Many generous people helped me along the way when I was a kid and I want to do the same for others," said Mark Wahlberg. "I am excited to encourage and empower teens through the 'Graduate to Go Studios' and ultimately see more of them stay in school and in their Clubs because of this program."
In Los Angeles alone, over 80,500 students dropped out of the Class of 2010. The studio wants to alleviate the high school dropout rate by encouraging local high school students to take advantage of the clubs resources. To be eligible for studio time, teens must maintain high grades and be enrolled in school.