History

5Full Year Interns 4Grand Open Ribbon Cut
BTC Teen Interns 2012-2013
Grand Opening. September 15, 2013

In 2005, 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.  The vision was to create a place where Brookline youth could spend their out-of-school time in a safe place with both formal and informal activities centered around academic enrichment, physical activity and socio-emotional health. In this way, the Teen Center would meet the needs of local teens for a constructive, entertaining and affordable place to spend their out-of-school time. Paul and Saskia recognized the importance of having teens at the planning table from the initial phase and knew its success would depend on creating a teen-driven vision and project. 

Beginning in 2005, in collaboration with the Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline teens and community leaders began moving forward with the vision for the Brookline Teen Center.  For the next 8 years, various groups of teen interns worked on planning, designing and fundraising in order to make their dream into a reality.  Teens worked closely with the architects, StudioMLA, to create the floor plan and building design. In 2011, the organization received its 501(c) 3 status and began fundraising in earnest. Kaplan Construction broke ground in October 2012 and completed construction of the building by June 2013. On September 15, 2013, the Brookline Teen Center opened its doors for business. The Brookline Teen Center was created by teens, for teens and is is the only teen center like it in the local area.

 

Construction Images

BTC Entry Perspective facility
Elevator Exterior Scissor Lift