Superstar Tyrese Gibson, Coca-Cola Give Teens a Brighter Future

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The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy Provides Teens with $5K Scholarship and Celebrity Mentor

Coca-Pay It Forward Academy celebrity ambassador Tyrese Gibson shares insights and celebrates with teens at this year’s closing ceremony.

Coca-Pay It Forward Academy celebrity ambassador Tyrese Gibson shares insights and celebrates with teens at this year’s closing ceremony.

The 2016 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy, a three-day educational development experience for teens and their parents, provided workshops focusing on understanding financial aid, how to lead with purpose, creating a personal elevator speech and more.

Six-time Grammy-nominated recording artist and international film star, Tyrese Gibson offers life-changing advise to a group of teens during the closing ceremony for the 2016 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy this weekend in Atlanta, Ga. As the celebrity ambassador, Gibson shared personal experiences of how he overcame challenges, gave tips on how to be successful and reminded them to never lose sight of their dreams. The Academy also awarded all 25 teens with a $5,000 scholarship to assist with higher education needs.

The 2016 Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy, a three-day educational development experience for teens and their parents, provided workshops focusing on understanding financial aid, how to lead with purpose, creating a personal elevator speech and more. Participants also visited Atlanta sites such as Tree Sound Studios, The World of Coca-Cola and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Since the beginning, the program has provided countless avenues to help younger generations pursue their aspirations of higher education through scholarships and mentorship with celebrities. The program also seeks to help parents uplift and motivate their teens to realize their dreams through academic excellence.

Photo credit: Paras Griffin, Getty Images

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Contacts:
Yunice Emir
The Coca-Cola Company
404-676-8022
yemir(at)coca-cola(dot)com

Tracey Bowen
PRecise Communications
404-983-3727
tracey(at)precisecomm(dot)net

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