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Teens get brand new center

March 14, 2007

Thomasville--  More than 200 Thomas County kids come to the boys and girls club of after school.  Around 20 percent of those are teenagers.

With ages ranging from 6 to 18, program directors decided the teens needed a place to themselves.  "Once we agreed that the need was there then you had the aspect of raising the money to make it happen," said  Lee Wagner, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Thomas County.  

Its taken $3 million and nearly four years, but the teen center is nearly complete.  "We are very excited and as you can see we're currently in the moving in process and we'll be getting some things in place over the most couple of day," said Wagner.

Once it's open, directors of the club expect 200 teens a day to use the center.  "They have the run of this facility its their space, they have told us what amenities they want to see in their teen center," Wagner said. 

From the color scheme to the activities offered, the teens had input on what their center would look like. The center houses a lab with cool new hi-tech computers, a performing arts studio,  a reference room where teens can look up information about colleges and careers, and even a music studio.  "They'll be able to mix and produce their own music anything from hip-hop to gospel," said Wagner. 

All of this is an effort to give teens a fun safe place to socialize and stay out of trouble.  "Statistics have shown that the hours immediately after school are the hours that are most challenging to teenagers in terms of their livelihood and their well-being," Wagner said. 

Directors hope to open the club on weekends as well to give teens a safe, fun place to go all week long. The grand opening of "The Club" is this Sunday at 4:00 p.m.   A membership to the boys and girls club is just $5 for the whole year.  


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