Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha to Unveil New Tween Center at Grand Opening on Monday
Kenosha, WI – January 4, 2018 – The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha will debut a newly renovated area, the “Tween Center,” for kids on Monday, January 7th. The Tween Center is an interactive space dedicated to kids in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade (up to 12 years old). It’s made up of three unique areas: a lounge library, game zone and a study hall/art studio. The Club is hosting a public Open House to unveil the Tween Center on January 7th from 4:15 – 5pm including a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30pm.
From the 2015-2016 school year to the 2017-2018 school year, the average daily attendance in the Troha Youth Center increased from 67 to 184 members per day. The Club had three multi-purpose rooms that were rented out and used for meetings, but often times the rooms were not in use. It was evident that the space could be used more effectively and alleviate some of the stress of the Youth Center if the multi-purpose rooms were converted to programming space.
Thanks to financial support from HARIBO and Spectrum, the Tween Center came to life.
“At HARIBO we believe every child deserves an education and a safe space to learn and have fun,” said Wes Saber, Chief Financial Officer, HARIBO of America. “We’re so proud to help build the Tween Center and support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha in their mission to inspire young people to reach their full potential.”
“The people of Wisconsin have given us a warm welcome as we make progress on our plans to build our first-ever U.S. factory in Pleasant Prairie,” added Rick LaBerge, Chief Operations Officer, HARIBO of America. “HARIBO is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work so we’re happy to help the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha to continue making a positive difference in southeast Wisconsin.”
The Tween Center has the support of other important partners as well. After donating two room renovations to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha in 2018, IKEA has again lead the charge in providing design strategy and implementation for the new Tween Center. International Mold and Production LLC has generously donated a 3D printer to the space for Club members’ use. Tween center members will all receive a drawstring backpack, thanks to the Kenosha Area Noon Optimist Club.
“It’s great to see the community come together to help solve our need for additional space and we’re thankful to all of our partners for making this project a reality,” said BGCK CEO, Jake McGhee. “The new space will help ensure quality programing for the tremendous increase in number of kids we now serve.”
Club members will begin utilizing the Tween Center space on January 7th after school. The space will no longer be rented out to the public.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.