Beyoncé & JAY-Z Changing Teens' Lives

Beyoncé & JAY-Z Changing Teens' Lives

Partnering up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to change the lives of teens across the country.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Giving Club Teens $1.1M for College

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to change teenagers’ lives across the country. The music superstars are awarding 11 $100,000 scholarships (through the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations) to send 11 exceptional Boys & Girls Club members with financial need to college.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America was chosen to select the 11 high school seniors because of the role Clubs play in young people’s lives. Nationwide, Clubs help kids to recognize and pursue their full potential, providing 4.3 million youth a year with opportunities and new experiences they may not otherwise enjoy. Boys & Girls Clubs believe deeply that a child’s background or the circumstances surrounding them must not limit their access to opportunities that can change their lives for the better. 

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Alazae has long aspired to be the first in her family to go to college. But despite the long hours her mother works, the family continues to struggle economically. With the support of her Club, however, she remained strong, focused on realizing her goal. Alazae plans to use her windfall to study forensic science at a four-year university, become a pathologist, and help eradicate internal diseases that cause premature death and avoidable illnesses.

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Ghaffar came to the Club a shy, quiet 15-year old coping with the death of his best friend. Despite his grief, he joined Junior Staff, a program that helps teens explore human services careers...and helped Ghaffar develop his social skills. Soon, friends came easily. Finding he enjoyed community service, he was soon leading service projects. Once an indifferent student, his grades improved markedly. Now, Ghaffar plans to attend college to become a veterinarian.

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When Emily sets a goal, she does everything necessary to achieve it. She made the varsity basketball as a high school freshman, for example, and was named it’s captain the next year. Outgoing, energetic, and always smiling, Emily has personality and enthusiasm that draws people to her. Despite growing up amid dysfunction, the Club was always her safety zone that helped her keep it all together. Emily plans to study criminology at Florida International University.


The youngest in his family, Jonathan’s siblings are all in their 30s with families of their own. Growing up essentially surrounded by adults, the Club was always the place he could just be a kid. Extremely bright and high-tech savvy, Jonathan loves to learn. He carries a grade point average of 3.7 and enjoys extracurricular activities like the Adobe Technology Program. He hopes to use his scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Education was always Keshawn’s top priority. Now a high school senior, he and his mom often struggled to make ends meet. But she consistently told Keyshawn to work hard in school and see the big  picture. He knew an education was vital to achieving  his ambition of becoming a lawyer. Now, there are no financial barriers to stop this 5.1 GPA, 3rd in his class, International Baccalaureate student from realizing his dreams.