May 16, 2013
The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Central Virginia celebrated their grand opening of the computer lab and teen room.
The computer lab houses over 15 computers for kids to work on homework as well as learn new computer skills.
Before the expansion, only 60 kids could attend the club during the day because of the limited space. Now about 120 kids can come out, thanks to the 2,000 sq. ft. addition.
"We've been crammed in this space with a million kids, so it's really exciting to have extra space," says Unit Director Olga Arouca.
"I think it's really good because I haven't used computers in a long time," says BGC member TJ Tyler.
The Executive Director of the BGC of Central Virginia, James Pierce, believes this new space could help save kids lives who at one point, didn't have a place to go after school.
"The club being here allows kids to graduate on time from high school, for kids to lead a healthier lifestyle and gives them an opportunity to give back to the community," says Pierce.
This expansion came to life with the help of Habitat for Humanity, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Women's United and other individuals in the community.