Yankton opens new Boys & Girls Club

It was a big day in Sioux Falls as the ribbon was cut for the new Midco Aquatic Center.
It was also a big day in the city of Yankton as another new facility also opened its doors.
One that has the futures of Yankton's kids in mind.

It's 26,000 square feet of space for kids, offering them a safe environment to be themselves.

"I thought it was really cool and I liked all the colors and all the games and stuff." Elizabeth and Hope are really glad this day has come. "Like really really glad."

This is Yankton's brand new Boys and Girls Club.
It's right next to Yankton Middle School and is intended to be used by first graders...all the way up to high school seniors.

"Our goal is to make sure that they become great citizens in the community of Yankton and South Dakota or wherever they land in the United States of America." Jim Clark is the CEO of Boys and Girls Club of America.
He says what will be happening here everyday will provide a real alternative to alcohol and drugs and other activities that can tear kids down instead of build them up.
Clark says the focus here is all positive. "Academic success, good character, citizenship and healthy lifestyles."

This club location is the result of a joint partnership between the city, the state and private donors to put up the walls and turn the lights on and keep them on.

"It really is a shining star in the state and it makes me proud." Yankton is home for Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels who is a firm believer of the way this club will help kids grow and keep families together. "We know a couple of people, my wife and I, who are struggling with their kids and this is a place where they can be held and loved and kept safe."

Yankton area kids will be able to access the Boys and Girls Club for a yearly membership of $25.