CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis is ready to serve local teens with a new teen center and wellness clinic.
Construction on the Johnson Center for Youth Excellence finished in August, and the doors are open for afterschool programs and youth health services.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, and a community tour of the facility was also planned.
"The Johnson Center is a model that could be replicated across Oregon as a way to efficiently increase access to services that can be expensive to build and sustain in small communities" said Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis CEO Helen Higgins.
The center is designed to be a hub of opportunity where teens will participate in leadership education, promote healthy lifestyles and gain hands-on work experience.
The first floor will provide a permanent space for high school enrichment programs, and the second floor will house physical and mental health services in the Brauti Wellness Center, staffed by Samaritan Health Services.
"This transformational project places a youth-focused medical home inside the walls of our youth development organization, where the kids are," Higgins said. "This project intentionally leverages our culture of trust with youth to provide a connection and a warm hand-off to mental and physical health providers in a welcoming space."
President and CEO of Samaritan, Doug Boysen, said the center will provide services for both club members and youth from across Benton County.
The club raised $7.2 million toward the $10 million needed to build and support the 20,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility. Fundraising efforts continue.
The project broke ground in July 2017.
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