On Thursday, a grand opening was held in Schenectady at Quackenbush Park announcing the new $13 million dollar Boys & Girls Club. The new building expand their services and now triple to now more than 300 kids a day. Providing daily assistance on everything from safety to nutrition to after school care. The state of art facility includes a 4,000-square-foot teen center, a commercial learning kitchen, separate rooms for games and programs, technology centers, a gymnasium with bleachers that can be divided into three separate gyms, and a performance theater designed in partnership with Proctors Theatre, reported from WRGB 6news.

Other organizations also helped with the new development such as; The state Department of Homes and Community; which awarded the city $3 million in grants, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, according to Timesunion. $2 million through private and public monies, which led to the buildings funding.

 

"The building size grew by about 1,000-square feet based on the needs that we realized we were still trying to meet," said Shane Bargy, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The new Boys and Girls club is looking to employee three full timers, two dozen part timers and specialists be open from after school at 2:15 to 9 p.m.

With all the violation that been taking place in our Capital Region involving our youth, this can be a place of safe haven for those that has nothing to do after school. Accepting more children into the program, more children has a chance to stay off the streets, and explore future career paths.