Lexington, NE: The Club 180 Board voted to close its doors effective February 28, 2018 citing a lack of attendance. Club 180 board members met Wednesday, February 28th with a group of people who are considering starting a similar program for youth. The new group is looking to start new with a fresh vision and purpose adapting to today’s needs and learning from Club 180’s past success and failure.
Over the years, other Lexington community programs joined the vision in multiplying efforts to influence youth positively. The Club has operated within budget and donors have continued to support the club; however; attendance numbers at Club 180 have been in decline over the last two years. During this time, the club leadership explored other programs to merge with and evaluated the duplication of services in the community.
Miranda Stoll, Club 180 Board President and Healing Hearts & Families, Diversion Director said, “The Executive Board wishes to express extreme gratitude to all youth members, donors, board members, volunteers who have faithfully attended and served over the last nine years. We would like to especially thank Heather Devine, Lisa Romeo and Jessica Walters (past club employees) for their dedication to making a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders, today. We also extend profound thanks to the Berean Christian Fellowship for renting the facility to Club 180.”
“Club 180 will work with The Lexington Area United Way (LAUW) and the Lexington Community Foundation (LCF) in dissolving the club business operations with fiscal responsibility,” said Sandy Doss, Board Treasurer, and founding board member.
In response to having multiple Lexington youth deaths every year from 2003-2010, community members worked for several years to open a Boys Girls Club of America (BGCA) in Lexington providing “a safe and positive place for youth.” Local organizers were encouraged to open an independent club having not reached the matching fund guidelines set by the national organization
Club 180 opened in July of 2009 as a private, non-profit organization, operating under the Lexington Community Foundation’s 501c3 designation with the mission to help at-risk youth make a 180 degree turn-around, and help dedicated youth avoid making a 180 turn in the wrong direction. The club won financial support from The Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association, and the State Crime Commission with crime prevention grant funding passed through the Dawson County Commissioners. In–Kind matching funds were raised through private donors. The Club has received yearly financial support from the LAUW and has been a LCF funding recipient, as well as, Give BIG Lexington.