Boys and Girls Club opens in Indiantown, ready for summer camp

Jean Mereil couldn't wait to show off his skills at the Indiantown Boys and Girls Club.
 
"You try to dunk, try to be LeBron or Dwyane Wade, try and cross each other up," said Mereil.
 
Monday was not only the first day of summer camp. It was also the first day for the new Boys and Girls Club.
 
"I was like 'oh my gosh, this club is so awesome, I just want to explore it,' " said Mereil.
 
Out with the old, in with the new. The new center is 22,000 square feet, more than 6 times the old center.
 
Classrooms, computers, teaching labs, even a music room.
 
The state of the art facility can house more than 200 youngsters at a time.
 
"I feel like it's big and it's new, but most of the time when I walk in, I try and find my group and I get lost," said Keisha Johnson.
 
But rather than getting lost, they're hoping it gives the youngsters direction in this city that ranks near the top in Martin County when it comes to unemployment and crime.
 
"Long time overdue, but it's here, and that's what we are happy about," said Alexander Soares.
 
Soares is the operations director at the center. He was instrumental in making sure the 4 million dollar facility was ready to  open for the start of summer
 
Statistics show that the most dangerous time for kids to be on the streets is when they're not busy.
 
"We provide the opportunities for them to go to a safe environment and for them to grow as individuals," said Soares.
 
 
 

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