As of the start of 2011, the Brookline community still does not have a safe and engaging place for teens to spend their out of school time. Instead, Brookline teenagers have the option of splurging money on food and movies or staying at home. Without anything engaging to do a large number of teens use drugs and alcohol. In a recent study, over 40% of Brookline High School students admitted to drinking. In addition, the majority of Brookline teenagers said they usually “hang out with friends” after school.
Recognizing the urgent need for a place where teens could learn, connect, grow and have fun, Paul and Saskia Epstein began to explore the possibility of creating a teen center in Brookline in 2005. Once they gained the momentum to begin the project, a major anonymous donation of $32,000 was made to The Brookline Teen Center in the spring of 2006. Paul and Saskia were then able to hire staff and teenage interns to begin making their idea into a reality. For four summers, now, Brookline Teen Center interns have planned, designed and solicited donations. With a site identified and secured in December of 2010, 2011 will be a pivotal year for BTC as we complete permitting, begin construction and move our fundraising campaign into full gear!
Over the past few years the interns and staff working on The Brookline Teen Center have worked hard to raise money, awareness, and support. Here’s a timeline to summarize our major accomplishments.
The Brookline Teen Center has grown tremendously from the idea it was in 2005, and with your help it can become a reality. We are now actively fundraising $8-10 million both to build out the unfinished space we have leased and to invest for the long-term benefit of the Center (providing annual operating revenue and reducing the amount of annual fundraising necessary to sustain the full-time staff and operating expenses). Make a difference in the Brookline Community! Click Donate and Support to find out how you can become a part of the Brookline Teen Center project.
Since inception, the BTC has been nurtured by and received technical support from the Brookline Community Foundation.
BTC Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs, OPEN 3 - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday, OPEN 3 - 10 PM
Sunday -- CLOSED
SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
MUSIC TEAM MEETING
* FREE to BTC Members! *
EVERY Tuesday, 3:30 - 4:15 PM
Help guide the future of the Music Studio @ BTC
Decide on rules for the studio
Brainstorm ideas for upcoming music events
DJ 101 WORKSHOP
* FREE to BTC Members! *
Every Wednesday, 3:30 - 5 PM
Stop by to sign up!
(space is limited)
For the most current Teen Center photos, visit the BTC on FaceBook.
There's so much to see!
A brilliant series of 'before' images of
Click the photo to see them all
Brookline photographer and parent
captures the essence of 40 Aspinwall Ave. David will continue taking photographs for this series as this project progresses.
Many thanks to BATV for their PSA Day and SUPER HUGE THANKS to Sophia, Queen-Tiye & Danya for composing and performing this wonderful song!