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Citi Teen Center coming to Springfield; leaders say it could reduce violence

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Club members talk about their favorite features of the new Citi Teen Center.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Club members talk about their favorite features of the new Citi Teen Center.

JACKSONVILLE, FL / January 07, 2019 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is reopening its historic founding Club, the Laurence F. Lee Boys & Girls Club, as the Citi Teen Center. The Laurence F. Lee Boys & Girls Club was founded in April 1966 by Laurence F. Lee Jr., the son of Boys’ Club of Jacksonville founding board member, Laurence F. Lee.

The Citi Teen Center will be Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s first standalone teen center and will offer teens from across Jacksonville access to a mixed reality enabled computer lab, technology programing, barber shop, beauty salon, dance studio, gym, movie theater, print shop and bicycle shop.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida President and CEO, Paul Martinez, gives Boys & Girls Club members a tour of the Citi Teen Center currently under construction.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida President and CEO, Paul Martinez, gives Boys & Girls Club members a tour of the Citi Teen Center currently under construction.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida to Revamp Springfield Building Into 'Coolest Place Tor Teens'

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida want to breathe some life into the old languishing Laurence F. Lee club building in Springfield.

The facility at the corner of Liberty and 10th served the community for 50 years. But it has been vacant since the summer of 2015 after the recession and rising maintenance costs took their toll on the building, according to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Committee.

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$500,000 Donation Brings Community Closer to Jacksonville's First Boys & Girls Club Teen Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida is a large step closer to its first Teen Center, thanks to Citibank.

The banking company announced on Tuesday that it donated $500,000 for the center. Combined with two other anonymous donations of $1.2 million and $100,000 to the organization, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida CEO Paul Martinez said it’s only $700,000 away from its $2.5 million goal to build the center.

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Artist rendering of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Citi Teen Center planned for Springfield.

Artist rendering of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Citi Teen Center planned for Springfield.