Agencies, organizations jump-start after school program for teens

Posted January 17, 2013 7:40 pm | Filed under Local News, Uncategorized

After years of planning, consideration and negotiations, the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County celebrated the grand opening of its Teen Club Thursday at the Rock Hill School District’s Flexible Learning Center.

The Club can serve up to 100 teenagers a day and serves as a way to keep kids out of trouble in the crucial hours between school and when a parent comes home from work. Clubs Chief Professional Officer David Carricker.

The Teen Center’s development comes with the partnership of several area agencies working to keep kids out of trouble.

16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett says the Center gives him an additional tool in helping kids get their lives back on track.

The Club will accommodate up to 30 teens identified to be at-risk. Carriker says he wants to see the teens work together and lean on each other — while at the same time, giving back.

Rock Hill Police Lt. Rod Stinson says the program is a great way for kids to stay off the street and out of trouble.

The Rock Hill Police Department is one of a number of area organizations helping back the program, which also includes the United Way, Rock Hill School District Three and the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

An annual $45,000 comes from York County after county council voted to direct restricted funds from state liquor license fees towards the program.