New Boys And Girls Club

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Friday, May 25 2007 May 25, 2007 Friday, May 25, 2007 11:25:42 AM CDT May 25, 2007 in News
The center will expand the number of teenagers who can get club services. The opening had kids singing the new center's praises.

"This center is dedicated to just them. I'm living through the kids here because I had places to go when I was growing up but I didn't have anything dedicated," Jerome Anderson, chief professional officer of the Capital City Boys and Girls Club said.

Now Jefferson City teens have a place dedicated to them. People set foot in the new Boys and Girls Club of the Capital City Teen Center for the first time. The club will serve kids 13 to 19.

"They're going to be in a safe and positive environment with kids that are just like them," Anderson said.

For teens who already use the Boys and Girls Club, this will be a new place to enjoy what they're used to.

"The best part about going to Boys and Girls Club is having fun," sixth grader Tanychee Reid said.

"I feel more independent, especially around people that's my age," seventh grader Prentis Boyles said.

Anderson looks forward to offering kids what he didn't have growing up.

"We had our friends, we had our family, but we didn't have a place that we can go and just be amongst teenagers," Anderson said.

The center will open its doors for the first time on June 4 for the start of its summer program. A partnership with the Jefferson City Housing Authority made the site possible.

Click the link in the Story Toolbox to learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City.

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