The Jubilee Center of Hoboken is a non-profit organization that helps meets the social and economic needs of children and families through its after-school programming and summer camps. Students who visit the Center, located at 601 Jackson Street, can access healthy meals, homework help, and extracurricular activities like art and sports teams. Now, students will have the added benefit of tutoring and mentorship through a new partnership announced between the Jubilee Center and another local non-profit, TRUE Mentors. Read on to learn about this collaborative effort and what it means for the Center’s clients.
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TRUE Mentors is a Hoboken-based non-profit that offers mentoring. TRUE Mentors will be moving into the Jubilee Center and leasing the first and third floors of the building. In coordination with the Center, the organization will provide one-on-one group and educational mentoring for Hudson County youth ages 7-18 as a new, free program.
“Instead of landing in the hands of a developer, I’m thrilled the Jubilee Center will continue to provide critical resources for our community for generations to come,” Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla said. “I look forward to our invaluable non-profits utilizing this space, starting with TRUE Mentors next month. Thank you to our federal elected officials, including Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for securing federal funding to help finance this project.”
This is the first agreement between The Jubilee Center and a nonprofit to create the type of partnership that the city hopes to continue. TRUE Mentors is looking to help transform The Jubilee Center from what it already has into a home for nonprofits and educational institutions. Between using the space to its capacity and extending the services that the Jubilee Center provides, both organizations and the city look forward to serving the community.
“TRUE Mentors is incredibly excited and grateful to return to the beloved Jubilee Center,” TRUE Mentors Executive Director Katharine Samberg-Lawrence said. “We humbly thank everyone involved in this arrangement. This space will enable us to host a robust calendar of enrichment activities, match outings, field trips, and events planned for the spring and summer of 2022.”
About The Jubilee Center + TRUE Mentors
The Jubilee Center officially became a part of Hoboken in 2021, when the city acquired the building for three million dollars. The space has been serving the Mile Square City since 1995 and has amenities like a media room with hundreds of books, an art room, and a dance room. The main feature of the building is the main room – a large area where children can do their homework with counselors as well as receive snacks and hot meals. There is also a camp offered here most summers.
TRUE stands for True Relationships Unearth Excellence at TRUE Mentors, which has been in existence since the beginning of 2011. Attendance has grown immensely in this organization year by year, and its values embody community and support. The programs here are catered to young people ages 7-17, and all of the mentoring is one-on-one.