Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the of Boys & Girls Club of Brockton on Wednesday. “We’re excited to give these Boston-area Keystone Club teens a safe, revitalized space and offer a place where they can focus on creating their own futures,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Our teen center remodels create supportive environments where teens want to spend their time after school. Keystone Club teens are encouraged to invite their friends to become involved in Boys & Girls Clubs, which has been proven to have a tremendously positive effect on their lives.” Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, more than 30 Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday to paint, decorate and furnish a study room, chill zone, music room and multipurpose area in the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Keystone teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for their center: STOP, African Violet, Tame Teal, Carnival Orange and Mystical Shade. “Keystone Club members not only strive beyond what is expected of them, they also are local leaders who inspire their peers to contribute to their communities and become valuable members of society,” said Derek W. Heim, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton. “We’re so grateful to Aaron’s for supporting the Brockton teens and we look forward to seeing these teens grow as leaders as they focus on their academic careers and giving back to our community.” 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. The Keystone Club makeover at the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $25,000. 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. 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.