The first new Success Won’t Wait library of 2011 was installed today at the brand new Boys and Girls Club located in Claymont, Delaware. The site, formerly Darley Road Elementary School, is perfect for housing the Boys and Girls Clubs’ many youth programs. But for Success Won’t Wait volunteer Christine McNeill, the Teen Center needed a little something extra.
Currently, the Teen Center is a large area dedicated to Club members 12 to 19 years of age. The area is designed with a comfortable gathering and conversation area with a television. Teens can also utilize the exercise and fitness area, study area, computer equipment, and pool table. And now, thanks to Christine, they can read, as well!
After meeting with Club Director Nancy Gill in early December to assess the Center’s needs, over 150 books were installed in the Teen Center. And, although there were plenty of books from the “required reading list” and classics like 1984, Tom Sawyer, and Jane Eyre, the emphasis was placed on adding todays’ most popular teen favorites like Twilight, Generation Dead and The Clique. By providing books that are easily accessible in their own dedicated space, teens who use the Center are encouraged to pick up a book and read for pleasure!
MORE ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF DELAWARE
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware serves more than 20,500 youth annually – 1 out of every 5 school-aged children in the state.
- There are 44 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware locations across the State, in all three counties.
- We are the only statewide Boys & Girls Club within the National movement which allows us to have lower overhead costs and therefore more money goes directly to youth programming.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is the largest licensed provider of before-and after-school care in the state.
- We partner with 15 of the state’s 19 school districts and nine charter schools to provide educational services and curriculum-based learning to supplement what children are learning in the classroom.
- Clubs provide quality programs focusing on educational enhancement, physical education, character building, arts, culture, and more.
- Annual membership fees as low as $15 per child.
- All fulltime staff in the clubs are college-educated and professionally trained.
- Clubs provide more hours of service to youth than any other organization other than schools and detention centers.