New Boys & Girls club already at capacity on far east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The new Finish Line Boys and Girls Club is officially open on Indy's far east side. With registration already full, the club is proving to be a major asset to one of the city's high crime areas.

The summer escape houses 225 kids who will spend six weeks in the summer program. And even more kids are on a waiting list to take advantage of this new experience.

"I think it's going to be nice for the community because you know with all the violence and I think it's going to bring in a lot of the kids who are around the violence and I think they can learn something here," student, Breonna Stovall said.

Breonna is learning a lot about her community and meeting new friends. Together they experienced a part of their neighborhood they had never seen through this program.

"We went to Fort Benjamin park and we got to go hiking and we got to do canoeing. It was really fun. It was a good experience," Breonna said.

The club sits in one of IMPD's focus areas, at 42nd and Post. Where 38% of residents are under the age of 18.

Its a full circle moment for 16-year-old Elishah Arnold who started as a boys and girls club student but how he works here. He says not all kids in this area will be involved in drugs or violence. But he made the choice to make sure those coming behind him have great examples.

"When I started in the club I was just one of the regular kids being bad and it really helped me see how these kids need help and that's why I try to help them," Elishah said.

And if you missed out this summer unit director Juan Ongay says this facility is here for families year round.

"Next year for the summer kids who come here more than 100 times during the school year can get their summer fee for $15 so it's an incentive to bring young people here after school," Ongay said.

Sign up starts August 1 if you would like for your child to be apart of the after school program, once school picks back up. For more information click here.

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