Exciting News for Teens
We are happy to share that our new expansion, including a brand-new Teen Center, opened in August 2020. While the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic limited the scope of all Club programs, we are excited and looking forward to the upcoming school year.
Starting with the 2021-22 school year, our Teen Program will include some changes. You probably have heard that Keystone Director Jim Helms retired at the end of last summer. While we miss Jim tremendously, you will continue to see many of Jim’s influences on the program, including a safe place to enjoy your weekday afternoons. Renee McCullough now serves as our Teen Program Director. She graduated from Concord High School and earned her BA in Criminal Justice from UNC-Charlotte. Renee is a Concord native and began working at the Club in 2012 before becoming a Police Officer at Concord Police Department. She returned to the Club in 2019 working full-time supporting the elementary and middle school programs.
We have expanded our Teen program to operate in the same way our Afterschool Program has operated over the years. High school students can enroll in the Afterschool Program without being required to participate in the Keystone Club. All high school members will enjoy the benefits of the Afterschool Program and the Teen Center. High School Afterschool Program members will also have the option of joining the Keystone Club which will involve participation in community service projects, special events, and volunteering inside and outside the Club.
High School Afterschool Program
- The High School Afterschool Program operates weekdays during the school year from 2:30pm - 7:00pm.
- The Club is open on designated School Closing Days from 7:30am - 7:00pm. School Closing Days are included as part of the Afterschool Program.
- High School Afterschool Program members have access to the Teen Center that includes a pool table and game area, multiple gaming stations, a large screen for television and videos, general gathering area, computer stations and designated study rooms.
- Afternoon snack/dinner is provided at no additional cost.
- Only currently registered program members are allowed inside the Teen Center.
- The BGC does not provide transportation from any area high school. However, Concord High students may request that their school assign them to a bus that drops students off near the Boys & Girls Club in the afternoon. All requests must be submitted to the school’s Assistant Principal for Busing. Requests will be considered according to school transportation guidelines.
The Keystone Club
- The Keystone Club is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America teen program. Its focus is to provide teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. Teens conduct activities in four areas: academic success, career exploration, community service, and teen outreach.
- Keystone Club members must attend weekly meetings which will be held on a weekday evening still to be determined. They will also be required to complete a set amount of volunteer hours through community service projects, participating in special events, and volunteering inside and outside the Club.
- High School Afterschool Program members who wish to also participate in the Keystone Club may do so with no additional fee.
- High school students can enroll in the High School Afterschool Program without being required to participate in the Keystone Club.
Registration for the Afterschool Program will begin July 22, 2021.