Boys and Girls Clubs Opens Teen Center

September  20, 2013

Quad Cities teenagers now have a place to call their own. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley will hold a ribbon cutting Friday for its newly-renovated Teen Center in downtown Moline. 

Director of programs, Liz Zimmerman, says there isn't anything quite like it in Quad Cities.

"One of the problems we've had at our other two clubs," said Zimmerman,"We have one in Moline and one in Davenport, is that they're overflowing with kids. And the teens were slowly getting eaten out. Teens don't want to go and hang out somewhere where their little brother or sister are going. They want a place of their own, and we're finally able to offer that for them with the Teen Center."

Zimmerman says the first floor of the Teen Center officially opened in February, but the grand opening was delayed because of construction on Fifth Avenue and some administrative issues. She says more work is being done on the second floor to create a space for visual and performing arts.

Along with ping pong tables, video games, and flat screen TVs, there are also classrooms with whiteboards and new Apple computers and iPads.

"Here at this facility," said Zimmerman, "We do a lot of leadership training, good health and life skills with the kids. But specifically because this is for teenagers, there'll be a lot of education, career development, how to apply for colleges or trade schools, and job apprenticeship as well." 

Twenty five teenagers are already signed up at the new Boys and Girls Clubs Teen Center. Zimmermann says once all construction is finished, they hope to have about 200 children stop by every day.

It's located in the former Skills Incorporated building in the 11-hundred block of Fifth Avenue in Moline.