Moms, relatives, neighbors, mentors, and teachers, listen up! This is your chance to help your kid or a deserving teen reach up and grab ahold of their goals. The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program is offering up to 25 teens the chance to a $5,000 scholarship towards higher education and the opportunity to attend a 3-day trip to the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy right here in Atlanta!
The program is open to high school students, grades 9-12, and their mentors/ moms/ guardians. Nominators must be at least 13 years of age or older, and eligible teens may also choose to nominate themselves. But, act fast — nominations must be received by March 31st! Winners will be notified around June 20th.
As a nominator, moms, you get the chance to enrich the life of your teen by way of the mentorship, leadership, and networking he or she will experience at the Academy. If there’s a teen in your life who could use a little boost towards reaching their dreams, I highly recommend you nominate them right now, considering you only have a couple days left!
Last year, the program awarded 22 students a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to the Academy. Even more, a large supporter of the program is R&B artist Tyrese Gibson. The importance of a mentor in a kid’s life is crucial, according to Tyrese whom I met at Coke Headquarters last Friday during a roundtable interview. He told us that his high school music teacher Reggie Andrews played a great inspirational part in mentoring him through a program called MOLD: Men of Locke Delegation. Since Tyrese attributes much of his own success to Coca-Cola where he got his big break, he wants to “pay it forward” in helping today’s youth realize their own dreams.
Tyrese Gibson’s testament to the importance of having someone believe in you is very much personified in the Pay It Forward program. In relation to his partnership with Coca-Cola for this initiative, he said, “I’ve learned it’s not lonely at the top if you help someone else get there.”
It’s so true! We all need a boost sometimes, and when others offer valuable resources to help the less fortunate conquer their own doubts… That’s what I love about society!
Don’t waste any more time in nominating a deserving teen with big dreams — Visit Coke.com/PayItForward now!
And don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter using #CokePayItForward. Change someone’s future today!
Nominations for Pay It Forward end on March 31st!