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Flint Fowler (PP)

November 30, 2018

Flint Fowler, past parent, was featured in the November 30 issue of Ladue News, in a story titled "Agents of Change": "With a mission to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has started an incredible new endeavor: the Ferguson Teen Center of Excellence. Just one year after celebrating its 50th anniversary in St. Louis, the organization took the first official step in launching a $12.4 million facility that will house everything from a nutrition-education center to a maker space. The sum involved includes construction and three years of operating. President Flint Fowler and nearly 150 other community supporters broke ground on the 26,856-square-foot building in September on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa. Once a plan was formulated, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis launched a $25 million campaign to operate and partially sustain programs and services in north St. Louis County. As of Oct. 24, Fowler says the group is at about $17.7 million – all from a mix of private donations and corporate sponsorships. After the official groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 13, workers started initial foundation and cement work before winter arrives. They plan to open the facility at the start of the 2019-20 school year – in September or October of next year. The building’s design, done by local architecture and design firm ARCTURIS, includes a gymnasium, a teaching kitchen, a garden, a maker space/innovation center, an auditorium, a recording studio with video equipment, a game room, an art room and a fitness area. It will also include a counseling office, where a social worker can do intake work and meet one on one with individuals, small groups and families. It will offer after-school and summer programming to teens ages 12 to 18 in the North County area. 'We think it’s going to be a great attraction to the neighborhood,” Fowler says. “It’s one of the pieces it’s going to take to really transform that area. This is one of the first – if not the first – freestanding teen centers within the Boys & Girls Clubs family.'" Read the article in its entirety here. Fowler and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis were also  featured in the 11.30.18 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal in that paper's nonprofit overview column.