Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County provides a preview Youth Development Center

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County recently held a community awareness event at CareerSource SouthWest Florida in Immokalee. The event was held to showcase plans for the Micheal G. Degroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center.

Hosted by Lipman Produce, the event drew various members, supporters and organizations from throughout the Immokalee community. Dinner was provided and attendees were introduced to several Immokalee youth from the Boys & Girls Club who presented their heartfelt, personal stories of  how the Club has helped them overcome challenges. Attendees also received a glimpse of the floor plans and design for the future 24,512-square-foot facility that will include a full service kitchen, cafeteria, multiple class rooms, library, games room and more.

The facility is projected to break ground in 2015 and fill the significant gap of unmet out-of-school time needs of Immokalee youth. The new center will focus on developing the child as a whole in the five core program areas of: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, The Arts, Health and Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

“Immokalee is one of the most underserved areas of our community where the need for a comprehensive out-of-school time support system is increasing rapidly. We are honored to have the opportunity to fulfill that need and look forward to serving the community by helping youth who need us most” said Theresa Shaw, President /CEO at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) is a non-profit, youth development organization, which annually serves 3,000 of the most at-risk children and teens in Collier County. The Club provides a safe, positive place where local youth can acquire: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to its mission, which is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County or to arrange a tour, call 239-325-1700 or visit




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