ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Teens in Rock Hill have a new place to hang out after school with the goal of keeping them out of trouble.
When Rock Hill's new teen center quietly opened at the beginning of the school year, administrators weren't sure how many kids to expect.
“We had hoped 30 kids by this time; we had 60-plus kids at the end of the first week, so it just said there’s a real need and the kids came,” said David Carriker, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of York County.
The teens can shoot some hoops, get some homework done or just hang out with other kids.
Desiree Cloud said, “I stay mostly locked up in my room, so to come here and be with other kids is a whole lot… it’s awesome.”
Elda Ashley was expelled in the 9th grade for skipping school too much; she's now at the alternative school, on track to graduate, and the adults at the center helped find her a job.
Ashley said, “They helped me get a job, they helped me a lot ‘cause I've wanted a job since I was younger, and when they got me a job it changed my life completely.”
She’s saving that money for college.
The center is a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club, the solicitor’s office, the school system and the city.