The Teen Center is open Monday – Friday 2:15 pm – 7:00 pm.
Young adult members ages 14 – 18 years old will enjoy their own club within a Club in the New Teen Center building. An important feature is the opportunity to run a small business.
The Club features a game room with two billiard tables, air hockey, table tennis, a café (small business opportunity), and two HDTVs. Members can interact in a teen-only space, catching up with friends after school, participating in our many teen programs (listed below), receiving job readiness training, filling out college applications, joining our GED program for drop outs, and participating in various leisure time activities. Attendance is on a “drop-in” basis without any attendance restrictions.
A special conference room is used to do homework, have mentoring meetings, receive training to join the Junior Staff, hold KEYSTONE leadership club and Plymouth Lions’ Leo’s club meetings, train for Summer Camp counselor jobs (seniors only), play cards and board games, use Club computers for research and “surfing,” and just “hang out.”
Keystone Leadership Club and Plymouth Lions’ Club Leos meetings are being held now.
Ted Donnelly is the advisor.
Club Programs for Teens
Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge teens learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. It has been proven to boost the academic performance of Club members.
Two certified classroom teachers guide GED students through workbooks and online practice tests to prepare for the GED examinations. Classes are held from 3:30 to 6PM in a dedicated room in the Teen Center. The program is for high school dropouts who have learned about the boredom and lost future income that accompanies the lack of a diploma. Young people without a diploma earn an average of $800,000 less ($20,000 a year) than their peers in a lifetime of work, and the gap is increasing.
Junior Staff: Cultivating Tomorrow's Club Professionals
Participating in the Junior Staff program provides teens with the tools to guide them in preparing for a career in the Boys & Girls Club movement or other service professions. Through participation in Junior Staff, teens will develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on the job Club work.
Diplomas to Degrees (d2D)
BGC Plymouth’s new College Readiness program is just for high school juniors and seniors. The program provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education.
If you have decided that college or technical school is the right choice for your future, we have the resources to help you succeed.
The game room is the gathering place for teens who just want to visit with friends, play a game of billiards (or air hockey, or Foosball or cards) and enjoy the company of a caring adult mentor who can offer advice and be an adult (college trained) confidante.
With support from the Workforce Investment Board, two paid internships – one in summer and one school year [for enrolled students] – are available to qualified teens. The program features training in employment “soft skills,” resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, interning with a mentor, and the like. Classes are held in the Teen Center.