New Doors Open at the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County

The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings - Moody County Unit, SD, has moved from five different temporary locations since they opened their doors in 2007. A change came this August when the Club opened the doors to a brand new, permanent home!

Generous support from the community made it possible to construct a 12,000 square foot building for the youth of Moody County. For the first time, the Club has separate spaces to implement a variety of impact programs. The new building offers youth an art room, a science and technology center, a games room, and a quiet space for tutoring and homework help. The building also includes a teen center, which allows the Club to create programs specifically for middle and high school populations for the first time.

The new facility, in conjunction with funds granted by the Larson Family Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program, provides the Club a new capacity to help youth succeed in school and in life. Grant funds will be used for a tutoring program, mentoring program, and a career builders program. Each program will be implemented through a strong collaboration with the schools in the area and other community resources.

Amie Hirrschoff, serving as a Boys & Girls Club in Indian Country AmeriCorps*VISTA member at the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County since August 2013, was involved in writing grants for the capital campaign and in preparing the building grand opening for the community. Amie also was involved in putting together an application for the 21st CCLC grant; specifically including seeking community collaborations and putting together the narrative with pieces written by all parts of the Club’s management team.

Through hard work of all Club staff and a generous community, the dream of a permanent home has been made a reality for the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County. Congratulations!

Photo credit: AmeriCorps*VISTA member, Amie Hirrschoff