Brookline Teen Center, Driven by Teens
Features of the upcoming Teen Center include dance, music and recording studios, and bowling lanes.
Tuesday night, Paul Epstein, Board of Directors President for the Brookline Teen Center presented his plans for the center. A project he has been working on since 2005. Design of the center nears completion, and his presentation notes that momentum is growing to break ground in late August at the 40 Aspinwall Avenue location.
For Brookline's teens, the center promises to include a music and recording studio, dance studio, artistic spaces, an academic center, game room, a two-lane bowling alley, fitness center and half-court basketball court. The goal is for the space to include academic, physical and social activities which should nurture the growth of teens.
On top of that, the Center plans to be teen-driven and -powered. Since 2006, interns have helped with the many facets of building a center like this. Bianca Senopolous, a Brookline Teen, is also on the Board of Directors.
Epstein's presentation also notes that the Center would fill a gap in Brookline, which has no YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or JCC facilities. In other communities, these organizations provide a safe, healthy place for out-of school time. According to the presentation, the Center will be members only, for 7 through 12 graders, and run by a dedicated staff