Board Chair Michael Huyghue Gives Back

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Boys & Girls Clubs to revamp Springfield building into 'coolest place for teens'

Boys & Girls Clubs to revamp Springfield building into 'coolest place for teens'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - 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.

“The goal of the new club is for it to be the coolest place for teens,” said Joanne Kazmierski, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

A complete renovation is in the works to transform the building into a multipurpose facility to serve area kids with after-school and summer programs. It’s going to be the community’s Citi Teen Center.

“One of our big focus points for this building, because it is geared toward teens, is to have resources that will teach skill sets that will help them in a job or career,” Kazmierski said in a news release.  “That said, we not only view this facility as being for local teens, but the community will have access to basketball leagues, religious services, yoga, Zumba, bingo and more.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs is working with the city and a number of community organizations to take the project from concept to reality.

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Local volunteers build park for kids in a day

Hundreds of volunteers built a new playground Friday for kids at Arlington Community Academy.

KaBOOM and Target partnered up to pay for the research-based playground.

Lauren May, with Arlington Community Academy, tells Action News Jax, “(Kids on the playground will) be able to grow their motor skills, and we know that when kids are outside and they’re able to play and have fun, they learn more. That’s our goal.”

Project leaders say students helped design the play equipment.

Students at the academy and kids with the Boys and Girls Club will have access to the playground.

Lakeshia Youmans lives right down the road.

She says the facility needed an area for play, and her two sons are excited for the playground.

Youmans explains, “It actually does help them learn and want to learn. Keeps them out of the activities the other kids are in, the bad stuff.”