ATLANTA, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Walker Unit on Friday.
Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials went to work last Wednesday morning painting, decorating and furnishing the study, lounge and entertainment areas in the Club. On Friday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space to the teen members, now equipped with new technology, appliances, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Calypso, African Violet, Real Red, Dress Blues, Nifty Turquoise, Sturdy Brown and Grizzle Gray.
"Last month in Dallas, Aaron's and Boys & Girls Clubs of America presented the 2016 Annual Keystone Conference, where 2,500 teens from Keystone Clubs across the world gathered to focus on developing their leadership skills while building friendships that will last a lifetime," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We're thrilled to show our continued support for Keystone teen centers across the country, and like so many teens we've met, members of the Central Mississippi Walker Unit rely on their Club as a second home where they can study, learn and grow as leaders."
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Walker Unit includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $20,000.
"The Walker Unit is where so many teens in our community turn for their after-school activities, from sports to arts to academic enrichment," said Tye Tripp, Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi Walker Unit. "Thanks to Aaron's, both teens and their parents can be comfortable knowing that their local club has the resources it needs to serve the Jackson 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.
About Aaron's, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, currently has more than 2,000 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 16,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron's was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ShopHomeSmart.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.
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