The Jubilee Center of Hoboken is conducting its annual fund drive, titled Building a Strong Foundation. Money raised will be used to support the Jubilee Center’s educational and nutritional programs for children in Hoboken’s public housing.
The Jubilee Center began in 1996 as a homework club for children in Hoboken’s public housing community. Since then, the program has expanded into a year-round safe haven for Hudson County’s most vulnerable youth. Every day, almost 100 children walk through the doors of the Jubilee Center’s three-story community center to receive academic support and participate in enrichment activities, such as dance, cooking, karate, and art. Each evening, students receive a nutritious hot meal generously donated by a local area restaurant.
“Our daily meal program will help set our students up for a life of proper eating and nutrition,” said David Shehigian, Executive Director of the Jubilee Center. “Provide children with the right nutrition now and they will learn at an early age what’s necessary for good health.”
Support for the Jubilee Center is essential. Studies have shown that after-school programs lower obesity rates, reduce drug use, and improve academic performance and school attendance. The Jubilee Center goes above and beyond to help students overcome barriers and thrive.
This past summer, children received educational instruction each morning from a team of five highly qualified teachers. By the end of summer camp, 95% of students’ math, reading, and writing test scores improved. During the school year, academic enrichment is supplemented by evening tutoring sessions, hands-on science and technology workshops, and field trips.
“We are not just an aftercare program. We take academics seriously,” said Mr. Shehigian. “During summer camp our goal is to prepare students for the upcoming school year.”
If you’d like to contribute to the Jubilee Center, visit jubileecenterhoboken.org, or you can mail contributions to 601 Jackson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.