Tooele community to get a new and improved Boys & Girls Club in 2023.
Tooele, UT – January 25 – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake has hosted the very first walkthrough of the new Tooele Club. This event had photo opportunities, a site viewing, a design reveal, and Q & A with the architect and general contractor from PGA&W Architects and Quillen Construction, CEO and President Amanda Ree Hughes, and Tooele Club Director Dar Dixon.
Tooele is the 7th fastest-growing County in the U.S. This exploding population has increased Club enrollment and the need for expanded services. The old Tooele Club was at capacity daily, and unable to welcome new members who needed a place to go after school. In addition, the building was limiting the ability of staff to lead learning activities and clubs that youth love from Boys & Girls Club.
The new Tooele Club meets the need for increased capacity while also boasting new amenities. It will have a dedicated gym for games and sports, quiet study rooms with computers for Power Hour, the homework help hour in the afternoon, a kitchen for nutritious snacks and meals, game rooms to play in and make new friends, accessible storage, water, and electricity for STEM and arts programs, and private space for evidence-based prevention programming such as drug and alcohol prevention, dating violence prevention, and teen pregnancy and STI prevention that helps them stay safe and healthy.
Over 1 in 4 people in Tooele experience mental health struggles – the highest ratio in Utah and far above national averages. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake is partnering with WholeKids to create safe spaces for youth to grow into their best selves with all the necessary tools. "WholeKids Emotional Wellness is thrilled to be able to provide services to kids and families in the Tooele community through our partnership with Boys and Girls Club. This partnership will allow more access to families of youth needing mental health services and emotional support along with tools and resources for increased well-being, healing, trauma support, and education," said Haylee Bladen, Clinical Director at WholeLife & WholeKids. During Club hours youth will have access to resources for mental health, and after Club hours the whole community will have access to WholeKids Emotional Wellness using space in the Club.
Boys & Girls Club is the only after-school program of its kind in Tooele. With this expansion, we will be better able to meet the needs of the youth in the community, and their families.