BGCSTL Breaks Ground on Teen Center of Excellence – Opening October 2019
The community came together to witness the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis break ground on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri. The Teen Center of Excellence is one of the first in the country. The 26,856 square-foot facility is strategically located on West Florissant Avenue surrounded by four school districts. It will house a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gymnasium, intellectual commons, auditorium, activity center, music and art studio, innovation center and office space.
The center will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. Expected completion date is 2019/20 school year. Programming will include an emphasis on health & wellness (ie yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education & workforce development (ie college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (ie coding, app creation, robotics) and, leadership & civic engagement (ie fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).
“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realties and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.
The breaking of ground for the new Teen Center also signified the launching of the public phase of a fundraising campaign to complete the building project. The campaign, known as “A Place to Become”, encourages donors and supporters to put their stake in the ground as a means to declare, “I’m In!” to support Ferguson and North County youth!
“A Place to Become” campaign will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to operate three new school-based Clubs and build a state-of-the-art Teen Center on West Florissant that will promote and deliver positive outcomes for teens. The three-pronged campaign plan ensures that we can make an immediate impact while establishing a long-term presence for generations of kids and teens in North County. The new clubs and dedicated Teen Center will be located in areas that provide the greatest access to those who need the Boys & Girls Club most. To give to the campaign, click here.