• All About The Jubilee Center in Hoboken

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    Walking towards 6th and Jackson Street you can hear children’s laughter coming from a building on the block — the Hoboken Jubilee Center. For those who are unfamiliar with the center, it is a 501c3 non-profit organization created in 1995 to help meet the social and economic needs of children and families by offering after-school programs during the school year for children grades kindergarten through 6th in Hoboken. During after-school program hours {3:00PM-6:00PM} you will find approximately 45 children and seven counselors at the center. Jubilee’s after-school program offers homework assistance, art + crafts, and physical activities such as karate. Read on to learn all about the Jubilee Center of Hoboken and how you can get involved. 

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    ^ Executive Director, Veronica Manning 

    Our Visit

    At the Jubilee Center, we were greeted by Veronica Manning {the Jubilee Center Executive Director}, who provided us with an overview and tour. The main room, on the ground floor, is large and welcoming with several tables for counselors to assist children with their homework. In addition to homework help, children receive nutritious snacks and hot meals donated by several local Hoboken restaurants {shout out to a couple, like Zacks Oak Bar + Restaurant and Halifax}. 

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    Upstairs in the media room, there are hundreds of books neatly organized on shelves where children are encouraged to read. The center recently received a state grant that will provide the media room with computer and video editing equipment. Veronica enthusiastically explained that the computers will be used to offer coding classes in the near future.

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    In the art room, children are encouraged to express themselves through painting and hands-on arts + crafts. Lastly, the dance room is where children release some energy by participating in yoga, dancing, and karate. All Hoboken children {within the grade range} are encouraged to enroll in Jubilee’s after-school program. Application, fees and registration details are located here.

    Also, in the summer the center provides a summer edu-adventure camp that provides children with a unique recreational and academic experience. The goal of the seven-week program is to prepare students . for the upcoming school year. The camp includes activities such as kayaking, gardening, cooking, outdoor sports, art, and more. Over 700 children, ages six to 12, from all over the Hudson County participate. Get more information here.

    A Bright Future at the Jubilee Center

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    Veronica excitedly described her five-year plan for the center which includes providing children with life skills {teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, etc.} to help them prepare for their respective futures. Additionally, she would like to expand the Jubilee Center for high school students and provide them with workshops to help prepare them for the real world such as searching + applying to college, public speaking, and creating business plans.

    Volunteer Opportunities

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    If you like to work with children, the Jubilee Center is the perfect place to volunteer. The center is always looking for hands-on volunteers to teach healthy eating habits, help with homework, and lead activities. You can also help the center by participating as a board or event committee member. The great thing about the center is commitment flexibility. You can volunteer based on your availability, whether that is once a week or once a month. For more volunteer information, contact Jessica Steele at jsteele@allsaintshoboken.com.

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    How to Donate

    The Jubilee Center heavily relies on individual donations to provide life-changing programs to children. Make a positive impact on a child’s life by donating online here. You can also contact them to find a good time to drop off non-perishable breakfast and lunch items for their programs for children.

    All pictures were provided by Veronica Manning.

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    Danielle is a new contributing writer for Hoboken Girl. She moved to Hoboken two years ago with her husband from the Upper Eastside, Manhattan. In her free time, she enjoys staying locally in Hoboken, where she makes pottery at the Turquoise Cup, takes fitness classes, explores new restaurants and relaxes at Pier A Park, while enjoying the Manhattan view on a bright sunny day. Professionally, Danielle is a Technology Risk Manager at a Fortune 500 company. She has a passion for learning about technology/cybersecurity and educating people how to minimize their risk exposure online.