A five-month renovation project of the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club was completed on June 14. The construction – undertaken in partnership with Minnesota United and Target and led by Mortenson – began in February 2021.
The project at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club included rennovating the club’s gymnasium, adding new sports court flooring, new equipment, and scoreboards, as well as turning an existing classroom into a STEAM Lab. The STEAM Lab will be designed for all students to have enhanced exposure and access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through hands-on learning, experimentation and varied educational teachings. STEAM education — often not accessible to all students — integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations.
“Having a new STEAM lab for members of all ages gives us the ability to provide fun, educational, cutting-edge programming as well as offer valuable career exploration opportunities,” said Boys & Girls Club Branch Director Andrew Jones.
The mission of BGCTC is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Clubs provide a fun, safe and constructive environment for kids and teens during out-of-school hours. They offer programs and services to help young people succeed in school, develop leadership skills, maintain healthy lifestyles, and build career aspirations for the future. In nonpandemic times, BGCTC serves roughly 8,000 K-12 youth annually across 10 Twin Cities Club sites (five in Minneapolis, three in Saint Paul, two in Richfield) and Voyageur Environmental Learning Center.
“The Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club is a fantastic representation of the entire community: people of robust, diverse backgrounds working together to build a better future for each young person,” said Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright.
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