Brookline Teen Center
Recognizing the urgent need for a place where teens could learn, connect, grow, and have fun, Brookline natives Paul Epstein, a Brookline High School social worker and his wife Saskia, a non-profit director, engaged a group of Brookline leaders and teens to explore the possibility of creating a teen center in Brookline in 2005. The vision was to create a place where Brookline youth could spend their out-of-school time in a safe place with both formal and informal activities centered around academic enrichment, physical activity, and socio-emotional health. In this way, the Teen Center will meet the need of local teens for a constructive, entertaining, and affordable place to spend their out of school time and will be one of the only teen-only centers like it in the local area.
Since 2005, in collaboration with the Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline teens and community leaders have been working to move the vision of the Brookline Teen Center forward. In 2011, the organization received it’s 501(c)3 status and began fundraising in earnest. BTC has signed a 25-year lease on 10,000 ftsq of space in Brookline Village, completed plans for its full renovation to meet program needs and secured more than $4.3M of pledges toward a $10M capital campaign to renovate its new home and sustain the organization.
For more information about the Brookline Teen Center, please visit http://www.brooklineteencenter.org