|2009 at the B&G Club pool|
"To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens"
- The Boys & Girls Club of America's Mission Statement
The evisceration of Hoboken's Boy(s) & Girl(s) Club at 123 Jefferson Street is a story told in numbers.
Because one of many ways to empty a building of its poor occupants (a non-profit), is to jack up membership fees into strata its members cannot afford. Now, if the tenant is a non-profit serving low-income children, and employs as it's Director, the Aftercare and Enrichment Coordinator of it's sub-lessee, an expanding Charter school, then the fee-raising is especially pernicious. Because one may elect not to pursue grants nor corporate sponsorship nor fundraising required to keep the non-profit membership fees affordable. No, in fact, one may preside over the astronomical jacking-up of fees, effectively depopulating the non-profit to make way for the expanding Charter School, happening seamlessly under her 'oversight.'
This is the story of Hoboken's Boy(s) & Girl(s) Club.
A parent GA knows paid Hoboken's B&G Club a $15/year membership fee from 2008- 2010.
Here is a sampling of current B&G Club fees, which cover after-school services, from around the U.S...
Metro Atlanta B&G Club $50/yearIn a few years, the Hoboken B&G's membership fee went from $0.34/week to $65/week.*
Greater Milwaukee B& G Club $5/year
B&G Clubs of Chicago $20/year
B&G Club of San Francisco $10/year
B&G Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (Detroit) $50/ year
B&G Clubs of Greater Washington (D.C.) $25/year
B&G Clubs of Mississippi Delta $25/year
B&G Clubs of East Los Angeles $10/year
B&G Clubs of Hudson County $2,860/year* (*$65/wk)
(*44 weeks of after-school care, not including B&G Club summer camp)
GA verified 2014 fees with the Hudson County B&G Club (the same as Jersey City)- $65/week plus $75 for registration.
|HC B&G Club Online Fundraiser|
This fee increase overlaps the time the B&G began sharing space with HoLa and the reported diminution in services for B&G children.
In 2008, the B&G Club program had 140 kids. How many are there now?
Many of the B&G clubs across America state:"No child is ever turned away for inability to pay." In a few short years, our B&G Club has purported to sublease its space to offset costs but instead, hiked its fees to exclude the kids it used to serve.
Hoboken is home (and future home) to leading corporations, like John Wiley & Sons, Marsh and McLennan, Sumitomo Trust and Banking, Mizuho Securities, Thomson Reuters, Octapharma, Bank of America, Pearson, Td Bank, Burgiss... and more. Have any of these corporations been asked to sponsor the B&G? What is B&G Director Garcia doing to 'bring back' the kids priced out of the B&G Club?
Remember the screaming and hollering that rose up in 2010 when Mayor Zimmer vetoed a City Council repeal of a $25 recreation fee?
Tim Occhipinti described the $25 recreation fee as a "tax on families" and Mike Russo cried, "The majority of people are just going say they can't afford it... you're either for taxing the children or you're against taxing the children."
The B&G Club is in Timmy's Ward. What did Timmy have to say when the B&G fees went through the roof and kids "left in droves"? What did he say?