Thanks to the kind generosity of MGM International, who donated $500,000, the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City (BGCAC) has opened up a new MGM Resorts International Teen Center for Economic Youth Development and College Readiness. As well as the donation from MGM International, who owns playMGM and Borgata, other large companies donated too. Donors included Bank of America, Tropicana, and Parke Bank, among others
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What is the International Teen Center?
The International Teen Center promises to offer a great deal in terms of youth development and college readiness. Firstly, it offers a Health Simulation Lab. But also a commercial teaching kitchen and a 3-D maker lab.
These have all been designed to teach the youth about hospitality and health skills. Furthermore, they help the youngsters learn both the soft and hard technology skills needed in the industry. As well as this, the Teen Center is now part of the youth development campus.
Originally and back in 2017, Atlantic City gave the BGCAC a 30-year lease for the building right behind their existing building. The younger members could then use this place, which had already been set up for school children. This allowed them to turn the existing building into the MGM Teen Club.
Ultimately, the goal is to change the future of the youth in Atlantic City. They have given them a space to go after school where they can grow their skills. This should help them to graduate high school, get into college or even start a new career. This is important because more than 93% of the BGCAC live below the poverty level. Therefore, getting help to find a job or get into college will help both them and their families financially. The programs will focus on three areas. Firstly, learning skills in health, hospitality, and technology. Secondly, it assists in STEM classes, tutoring, SATS prep, and a college access program. It also serves as a hub for companies that help families of the BGCAC’s members.