Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis expanding campus to offer support services for HS students

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis is expanding its campus to offer support services for high school students.

The new building will be called the Johnson Center for Youth Excellence and will provide services in behavioral and physical health.

CEO Helen Higgins says having these services helps the community.

They're targeting low income students to increase high school graduation rates and prevent teen suicides in Benton County.

“What we are doing with our kids is…we want to de-stigmatize the conversation about mental health,” said Higgins, “it's a significant issue in Benton County. We have one of the higher suicide rates in the state of Oregon and we all know there is a lack of access to providers."

The total cost of the project is $6 million.

The Boys and Girls Club is still raising money for the project.

They're about $150,000 away from their goal.

For more information, visit the club's website.

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