Boys & Girls Club to be built on far-east side

INDIANAPOLIS - Crews broke ground on a facility on the city’s far-east side Wednesday that will provide after-school programs for children in need.

Residents agree that the youth in the area of 38th Street and Post Road need positive activities to stay safe and out of trouble.

Sam Rios is eager to get his eight children into the new Boys & Girls Club that will be built just down the street. He said the area is in need of after-school programs.

"I think it would be great because of all the violence and what's going on around here. It would be a good thing," Rios said.

Officials with Community Alliance of the Far Eastside said most children who live in the neighborhood come from single-parent homes and they are far more likely to be impacted by violent crime than youth in other parts of Marion County.

"Those kids need somewhere to go after school, something positive to do after school, so the Boys & Girls Club was a great opportunity," said Melissa Drew with Community Alliance of the Far Eastside.

The 22,000-square-foot facility will be built next to the Far Eastside Neighborhood Center.

The two groups said they will work together to offer tutoring, sports and other programs in what they hope will be a safe haven in one of the city's most challenged areas.

"We were looking for areas that had very few out-of-school-time opportunities for children, areas that have high crime and areas that have high poverty levels and this area really had all those three things," said Rick Whitten with the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis.

The facility was scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2016.

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