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Rent-A-Center Furnishes New Teen Center for Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne



Teens at Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne will finally have a positive place to hang out and call their own, thanks to a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Rent-A-Center, Inc. Teenagers are a tough group to impress, but the new RAC Rooms will help attract more teens by furnishing a cool and much needed new teen center at the Club.

“Across the country, millions of teens grow up with no place to go after school,” said Executive Director Joe Jordan, “Many of them have limited contact with positive peers or caring adults. And all too frequently, these young people resort to drugs and violence as an alternative to boredom.  The RAC Room will be a comfortable place for teens to enjoy, while exposing them to alternatives to the many negative influences around them.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne RAC Room is one of 20 such centers being furnished by Rent-A-Center this year. Based on its needs, each Club will select several thousand dollars worth of merchandise from a menu of items, such as sofas, chairs, tables, computers, computer desks, lamps, TVs, TV stands, game systems and CD players. Rent-A-Center also guarantees a one-year maintenance service on all merchandise provided. The Rent-A-Center program has provided 93 RAC Rooms so far, awarding approximately $200,000 retail value in merchandise yearly to 20 clubs.

“Rent-A-Center is honored to be a part of this initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Mark Speese, Rent-A-Center chairman and CEO. “By creating an inviting atmosphere, the

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne RAC Room will offer teen members an experience to look forward to and an incentive to stay in the Club.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is the “Positive Place for Kids”  The Clubs have grown to three locations in its 19th year in Fort Wayne. The Clubs offer a safe place, professional staff, and fun and life-enhancing programs. The Clubs serve more than 250 children, 6-18 years old, daily, 300 days a year, 20 hours per week; more than 1,200 members annually. Core programs areas are career exploration and educational enhancement, character and leadership development, the arts, health and life skills, and fitness. The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  For more information, visit www.bgcfw.org or call 260.744.0998 extension 19.


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