by CYNTHIA KMETT
It’s been ten years since the “new” Boys and Girls Club of Troy was completed on John R south of Wattles.
The club is especially popular in the summer, averaging over 300 kids a day. As the club’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Evans knowingly observes. They allow 450 kids to sign up summer camp as not every child comes every day.
But the Boys & Girls Club hasn’t proven quite as popular with teenagers as they would like it to be. Evans explains that when you’re a teen, and come to a place buzzing with active elementary school students, you just don’t feel comfortable. While the current building has a separate space for teens, it only holds 60 kids comfortably.
Now there are plans to remedy that situation. The club wants to add a new building on their property. You may remember there was a house and barn to the south of the club. Evans once dreamed of turning that house into a teen center. Now, they have acquired that property and believe it will be the perfect place for a new 14,500-square foot teen center. The club we know today will stay where it is and continue to provide all the services from fun and games to tutoring to younger kids. A new center will mean room for 200 teens to learn and grow.
The new building will be just south of the gym and will be connected to that entity by a passage, Evans explains.
Notes for Notes is on board for a music room. If the club builds the walls, they will outfit it and run it. A Driver’s Training firm has pledged to move into the teen center. And, Planet Fitness has committed to a weight room for the teens. Even OHSHA will be on hand to give career advice and classes.
This month the club is putting their final financial details in order before they kick off any fundraising efforts.
Evans does have one other item on his wish list. A second van would help them transport kids to the club.
If you’d like to be among the first to help, you can call Jeff Evans at 248-689- 1687, or send a check to Boys & Girls Club of Troy, 3670 John R, Troy, MI 48083.