Starting August 22nd, Cleveland teens will have two more safe, fun places to go after school Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is opening teen centers at Saint Martin de Porres High School, 1100 East 63th Street, and East Tech High School, 2439 E. 55 th St. Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland President and CEO Ron Soeder said the new Clubs will give teens new opportunities to learn and grow after school lets out.
“We know teens are most likely to get in trouble during the hours right after school and we are excited to offer positive alternatives to risky behavior,” Soeder said.
The Saint Martin Club, housed in a beige mod building at the corner of Lausche Avenue and East 63rd Street, will initially be open only to Saint Martin de Porres High School students but may accept all community teens in the future. Operating hours are 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, although the times may vary depending on the school’s schedule. Candrice Dalton, who has worked for two years at Clubs in Cleveland and Cincinnati, will be the site coordinator at Saint Martin de Porres.
The East Tech Teen Center will be open 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. weekdays and serve young people from the neighborhood. Richard Starr, the Club director at King Kennedy, will also oversee the East Tech Teen Center. Space limitations at King Kennedy had forced Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland to employ “split shifts” in which younger members came to the Club after school and teens had to wait until 6:00 p.m. Now teens will be able to attend the new center right after school.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides safe, fun places for kids after school at 16 locations in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. In 2016, the Clubs served more than 7,000 kids, emphasizing healthy lifestyles, academic success and character and citizenship.