LANSING, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing today announced the formal grand
opening of the Jackson Teen Zone. This renovation and
4,680-square-foot expansion was funded by a gift from Jackson National
Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) and its
The new space features a state-of-the-art Teen Center, conference room,
storage area and teen welcome space. In addition to the indoor space, a
1,080-square-foot outdoor patio was created. The new Jackson Teen Zone
allowed the Boys & Girls Club to repurpose the previous Teen Rooms into
innovative tutoring and educational spaces.
“The Jackson Teen Zone delivers on the promise of an enhanced,
customized environment for teens to learn and thrive,” said Carmen
Turner, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing. “When we provide
teens with a place to discover who they are as individuals and where
their talents might lie, we open up a world of possibilities. The
support from Jackson and its associates made this a reality and we are
so grateful for their partnership.”
Jackson initially donated $350,000, with the goal of donating the
remaining $250,000 through associate contributions matched through the
company’s two-to-one dollar donation match program.
“Because of our associates’ enthusiasm, support and generosity for this
worthy cause, it took only two weeks for them to surpass the goal,” said
James Sopha, president of Jackson. “We are donating a grand total of
$683,000 to the Club. This project shows Jackson’s ability to really
change lives and give back to the community in a powerful way.”
In addition to the Jackson Teen Zone, Jackson partners with the
Boys & Girls Club through regular volunteer projects and participation
on the Boys & Girls Club’s board of directors. Through the Jackson
National Community Fund (JNCF), the company has invested more than $22
million in programs that improve the lives of youth and seniors since
2007. Jackson associates also volunteer more than 13,000 hours together
annually supporting numerous community initiatives.
In April, the Central
Michigan Public Relations Society of America (CMPRSA) awarded
Jackson and the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing a PACE Award for their
partnership on the Jackson Teen Zone. The award recognized the
exemplary communications plan and public relations work used to inform
and educate associates and the community about Jackson’s donation and
the expansion at the Club.
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 it 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 products 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. 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.