The Boys & Girls Club of Irvine has reopened following a six-month, $2 million reinvestment.
Enhancements include classrooms dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), and a 21st-century woodshop stocked with 3D printers, robotics and interactive floor games. The club provides students with access to 60 Chromebooks and 25 iPads.
Other amenities include a renovated gym and a 30-foot climbing wall. The Teen Center features “huddle rooms” for homework and collaboration, as well as three gaming stations.
The Woodbridge facility is designed with the area’s manufacturing and agricultural history in mind, while offering state-of-the-art technology dedicated to pursuing excellence and innovation, the nonprofit says.
The overhaul comes as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast’s “Pursuing Greatness Campaign,” an effort that has raised more than
$7 million for clubs in the cities served by the chapter.
“This Pursuing Greatness Campaign has enabled us to create multiple learning environments for 21st-century education and mentorship,” explains Robert Santana, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast.
The Boys & Girls Club of Irvine serves 200 children and teens. The club soon will begin providing after- school transportation from local schools, officials say.