A teen center in Moline has received a $100,000 boost, thanks to the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

A check presentation will be made at 11 a.m. today to Becky Clark, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley at the newly renovated teen center located at 1122 5th Ave., Moline.

The capital funding is designated for renovation of the former Skills Inc. building for a center to provide at-risk teens with a positive support system to graduate from high school. The Boys and Girls Clubs renovated and redesigned the property into the 15,000-square-foot teen center that will provide programs for teens ages 13-18. It also represents a major project for the Floreciente neighborhood, with programming designed to reverse gang activity and prompt positive character development, educational support and career development opportunities for teenagers in the community.

In another recent donation, the Best Buy Foundation provided $10,000 to support Boys and Girls Club programs in the Quad-Cities.

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