The Brookline Teen Center has come one step closer to reality with today's the launch of a website created from collaboration between the BTC interns and Advanced Digital Websites, Inc.
Brookline currently lacks a safe and engaging place for teens to spend their free time. As any parent will agree, time without direction isn't always the best combination for kids. In fact, in a recent study, over 40% of Brookline High School students admitted to drinking. The majority of Brookline teenagers, in addition, said they usually "hang out with friends" after school.
In 2005, Paul and Saskia Epstein began exploring the possibility of creating a center in Brookline to provide an alternative where teens can learn, connect, grow and have fun. Upon receiving an anonymous donation of $32,000 the following year, staff and teen interns were hired and began the process of making the Brookline Teen Center a reality. Each year since then, the BTC interns have worked tirelessly toward this common goal.
The Intern program coordinated multiple events - including an auction at Fenway Park, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, participation in Potterpalooza and a party held at Game On! - to raise funding and community awareness.
The interns have also had hands-on involvement working towards the Center's creation. They collaborated with two architectural firms, Graham/Meus Inc. and Horizons Design, to design the future Teen Center building and Art Builds to create a mural for the facility.
Most recently, the interns worked in collaboration with Advanced Digital Websites, Inc to create and lauch a website for the Teen Center. The site - www.brooklineteencenter.com - is the latest step in making the Brookline Teen Center a reality and officially launched Wednesday, August 4th. On working with the BTC Harvey Bravman, president of Advanced Digital Websites, commented "One of the greatest benefits of owning a business is the ability to support the community through it. Pro-bono web design and development is very important to our company. We have been able to help Room To Grow aid infants and their families by providing web services to RTG. We believe the BTC and Paul Epstein will help another group of kids - Brookline's teens - for years to come and are very excited to have been involved in the project. "
The targeted date for opening the Center is 2011. There is much to be done between now and then, so the community's support is especially important. Information on volunteer opportunities and donating to the BTC is available online.