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With the support of former Taco Bell team member and Chief Impact Officer Lil Nas X, Taco Bell, the Taco Bell Foundation and Ashoka are launching the Ambition Accelerator, a new program specifically designed to help young people seeking to make a change in their communities and around the world.
Said Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell and Vice Chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation Board of Directors. "The Ambition Accelerator is yet another way that we're celebrating innovative thinking with accessibility at the core, and I'm excited to hear the bold ideas of our next generation."
Anyone from the U.S. and all U.S. territories aged 16 to 26 are now able to submit ideas for how to tackle society's most pressing issues. Applicants have a chance to receive mentorship and feedback on their projects, grow their changemaking abilities and potentially win up to $25,000 in funding, plus a trip to Taco Bell's headquarters to pitch their ideas.
Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation are partnering with Ashoka, the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs, to provide an opportunity for young people to access the resources they need.
The Ambition Accelerator will focus on the challenges that currently impact people of diverse backgrounds, working towards the equitable access that young innovators need to lead society into a better future for all. Funded by Yum! Brands 'Unlocking Opportunity Initiative, the program is open to both the community and Taco Bell team members.
"This is a program for the dreamers and disruptors," said Lil Nas X, Chief Impact Officer of Taco Bell. "Be delusional and chase your dreams, and find the right support you need along the way, which just might be from Taco Bell."
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