The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing today announced a $600,000 commitment from Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) to build a new teen center. The Jackson Teen Zone will include 2,700 square feet dedicated to the more than 1,500 teens who count on the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing for after-school programs and summer curriculum each year.
The new Jackson Teen Zone will have state-of-the art technology and a space for teen educational programs including the Money Matters financial literacy program and the Finding Inspiration in Literature & Movies (FILM) program, as well as work and college readiness opportunities to help ensure teens have a smooth transition into their next life stage.
“The Jackson Teen Zone will enrich the lives of our kids through skills that help them succeed in school and future careers in this unique learning environment,” said Carmen Turner, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing. “We believe by supporting and empowering our teens to succeed, we improve the entire community. We are incredibly grateful for Jackson’s generosity and leadership in providing our teens with a dedicated space they can be proud to call their own.”
Construction at the club’s existing location at 4315 Pleasant Grove Road will begin in February 2016 and is expected to be completed by June 2016.
“We consider it a privilege to work alongside the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing to help guide and train the leaders of tomorrow,” said James Sopha, president of Jackson. “With 2,500 associates in our Lansing office alone, we have the ability to really change lives and give back to the community in a powerful way. Our associates are extremely generous and the Jackson Teen Zone is the kind of community project in which our associates can be proud to invest.”
In addition, renovations to the existing Boys & Girls Club building will house the Makerspace, an area dedicated to real-world inventions where students can create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials, including 3D printing, to bring their work to life. The Makerspace will be led by Dr. Angela Calabrese-Barton from Michigan State University.
Jackson’s initial donation toward the construction of the new site is a $350,000 gift. Jackson associates have also pledged to support the Jackson Teen Zone with a goal of donating the remaining $250,000 through the company’s two-to-one dollar donation match program.
As part of the donation, $100,000 will be dedicated to enhancing technology for the after-school tutoring programs. Jackson also plans to donate computer equipment, laptops and a data server.
The Jackson National Community Fund (JNCF) has invested more than $16 million in programs that improve the lives of youth and seniors since 2007. In addition to grants and sponsorships, Jackson also offers a generous two-to-one donation match for associate contributions to select nonprofits focused on the needs of children and the elderly. Jackson associates also volunteer more than 12,000 hours together annually supporting numerous community initiatives.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing annually serves more than 5,200 at-risk youth, aged seven to 18. For more information, visit www.bgclansing.org.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing
The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is an affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the national organization that has developed effective youth programs for more than a century. It is a dedicated youth facility that employs full-time staff to ensure optimum safety and the implementation of structured youth development programs.
Structured activities include: Money Matters, Power Hour, Project LEARN, Keystone Club, SMART Moves, Junior Staff, Triple Play, GET City (math, science, and engineering) and Presidential Fitness initiatives. The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing incorporates five core programs into its daily activities: character & leadership development, education & career development, health & life skills, arts & music, and sports & recreation. Our membership fee ($10 per child annually), along with the diversity of the activities the Club offers, attract a population of youth that many other youth serving organizations cannot reach.
The Boys & Girls Club is open when kids need them most, during the summer and after school, when they have too much free time and need a positive environment in which to learn and grow. The Boys & Girls Club’s youth development activities help prepare kids to become healthy and productive adults by supporting the development of attitudes, behaviors, and skills that enable them to succeed in the classroom, in the workforce and in the world.
Jackson is a leading provider of retirement solutions for industry professionals and their clients. The company offers a diverse range of products including variable, fixed and fixed index annuities designed for tax-efficient accumulation and distribution of retirement income for retail customers, and fixed income products for institutional investors. Jackson subsidiaries and affiliates provide specialized asset management and retail brokerage services. With $218.9 billion in assets*, Jackson prides itself on product innovation, sound corporate risk management practices and strategic technology initiatives. Focused on thought leadership and education, the company develops proprietary research, industry insights and financial representative training on retirement planning and alternative investment strategies. Jackson is also dedicated to corporate social responsibility and supports charities focused on helping children and seniors in the communities where its employees live and work. For more information, visit www.jackson.com.
Jackson is the marketing name for Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Home Office: Lansing, Michigan) and Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York® (Home Office: Purchase, New York). Jackson National Life Distributors LLC.
*Jackson has $218.9 billion in total IFRS assets and $205.5 billion in IFRS policy liabilities set aside to pay primarily future policy owner benefits (as of 6/30/15). International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is a principles-based set of international accounting standards for reporting financial information. IFRS is issued by the International Accounting Standards Board in an effort to increase global comparability of financial statements and results. IFRS is used by Jackson's parent company.
Jackson National Life Insurance Company is an indirect subsidiary of Prudential plc, a company incorporated in England and Wales. Prudential plc and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It has been in existence for over 165 years and has $794.1 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/15). Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.