The Boys & Girls Clubs of GreaterGaston is excited to announce its new Bradley Teen Center Director, Detrina
Detrina holds a Bachelors Degree in
Human Services from Wingate University and a Master of Public Administration
from Strayer University. Detrina brings over 15 years of experience in social
work, family programming and advocacy, as well as conflict resolution. She is a
certified instructor for Bridges Out of Poverty and Triple P/Positive
"I'm excited about listening to the ideas of the community, parents, and
teens and incorporating them to empower our youth at the Teen Center,"
says Detrina. "My goal as I begin this new role is to look at where we are
now and ways we can improve to better serve teens throughout Gaston
Detrina was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and is the proud mother of three sons.
She is an advocate of artistic expression and enjoys pottery, DIY projects, and
giving back to the community. Detrina says her motto is there is always something you can do better.
According to Club CEO Chad Melvin, Ms.
Johnson was a perfect fit from the beginning.
"We [the staff] were blown away by her previous experience leading teen
programs with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, the Bethlehem Center of
Charlotte’s Head Start program and The Salvation Army. We are excited to watch the Teen Center grow
and flourish under her direction!”
Teen Center is located in West Gastonia in the family life center at Bradley
Memorial Methodist Church. The Teen
Center is open afterschool Monday through Friday to middle school and high
school students. Members participate in
programs focused on: college prep and career development, gang and teen
pregnancy prevention, abstinence from drugs and alcohol, art and drama, music
and dance, in addition to college tours and job shadowing opportunities. Members also receive homework help and
tutoring as needed. The cost for
membership during the school year is $20 per month for middle school members
and is free for high school members. For more information or to register your teen, please call the Teen Center at (980) 320-8388.