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Thanks, Horizon Foundation!

Thanks to the Horizon Foundation for supporting our Health and Wellness programs. We visited 35-Minute Bootcamps and had fun growing stronger and healthier!
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hMAG Features Jubilee Center

hMAG, the online magazine about Hoboken and a long-time friend of the Jubilee Center, has again come through for us with a very thorough and accurate article on what we do here, and why, with a link to our Donate page. Click here to read the full article.

Jubilee Holiday Party

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The Jubilee Holiday Party was a smash hit. All of the kids received wonderful gifts and brand new winter coats. Thank you to all of our donors including John Wiley Co., Frosty Friends, Bright Horizons, J&J General Contractors, Hoboken Rotary, Gabriella Cuzzola and friends, Joann Pepe and friends from Hoboken High School, Danielle Penabad/John Fulfree, and others!! A total of about 130 children benefitted from your kindness. There were also performances by the children. And of course, thank you Santa!!! Happy holidays everyone!

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Jubilee

Thanks to the generosity of the Altberger and Polansky families, many of the Jubilee students and their families had a hot Thanksgiving Dinner this past Friday.
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Beloved Community Celebration a Success

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Each Autumn, the Jubilee Center of Hoboken holds a fundraising party we call the Beloved Community Celebration. This year’s celebration honored Greg Dell’Aquila, President of Mission 50 Workspaces; Helen Manogue, President of the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy; and Joe Mindak, Publisher Emeritus of hMag, the online magazine.

The event also featured speeches by Jubilee students and parents, and great music by Jimmy Bosch y su Sexteto de Otro Mundo. A great time was had by all.

Field Trip: Battery Park, Schooner Boat Ride

Three boys very glad to be going on this outing.

Three boys very glad to be going on this outing.

Last Wednesday was Yom Kippur, and Hoboken public schools were closed. About 25 students got on a bus and went into Manhattan, where they visited Battery Park and sailed on a schooner.

Teen Enrichment Program visits Intrepid Museum

Teen Enrichment Program students in a confined space

Teen Enrichment Program students in a confined space

In its first trip of the 2015-16 school year, the Teen Enrichment Program took a trip to the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. The Intrepid is an actual WWII aircraft carrier that has been converted into a museum. Participants had the opportunity to learn all about the period and the equipment used then and since.

Jubilee Students Strike Out for Greatness

Jin-Che-Fway Karate School teacher Shihan Ray Rodriguez with students of all ages

Jin-Che-Fway Karate School teacher Shihan Ray Rodriguez with students of all ages

Some of the students in the afterschool programs at the Jubilee Center attend karate classes at the nearby Jin-Che-Fway Karate School, where the chief instructor is Shihan Ray Rodriguez. In addition to learning self-defense, they learn self-possession, courtesy and respect for others.

Jubilee a Participating Charity in BGC Charity Day

The Jubilee Center was selected as a Participating Charity for BGC Charity Day. This is our seventh time participating. The staff, volunteers, and especially the children of the Jubilee Center are very grateful to BGC for giving us this opportunity, and to NBC’s Today Show news anchor, Natalie Morales, for agreeing to be our Celebrity Ambassador.

Board Member Kay Licausi, Morales, Executive Director David Shehigian

Board Member Kay Licausi, Morales, Executive Director David Shehigian

Jubilee Center Afterschool Program for 2015-16 Begins

The Jubilee Center afterschool program started up again September 8. Here’s a picture of some of the happy children, counselors, staff, and volunteers.Kids with Mural Sept 2015

Walter A. Worosilo Sleepaway Camp

Thanks to a generous donation by Sharon C. Worosilo, MD, all the campers in the Jubilee Center Summer Edu-Venture Camp got to go (at no cost to their families) to Sleepaway Camp, which this year is named in honor of Dr. Worosilo’s beloved father. As you can see from the pictures here, it combined Education and Adventure into a delightful campfire stew!

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Campers Become Fierce Pirates

On July 24, the Friday Field Trip was to the Pirate Adventure Cove in Brick, NJ. Campers had a great time posing as pirates and playing on the beach and in the water. To the relief of the counselors, no one had to walk the plank!

Jenkinson’s Aquarium Isn’t Just Fish

Friday’s field trip to Jenkinson’s Aquarium may have left some of you thinking “can campers really spend a whole day looking at fish?” Turns out Jenkinson’s has far more to offer than just piscatorial observation. Here, a camper enjoys the Go-Karts:
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Campers look around at all the things:

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And many campers rode this sort of…flying thing.



Campers at Work and Play

In the mornings, campers work hard on academic subjects with certified teachers. Here are some campers doing just that:

Afternoons, they have various activities. Some play games, while others have dance class (shown here warming up):

Still others go to one of the local parks:

Afternoon Activities: Pool and Water Park

After morning activities, different groups of children have different activities. Here are some pictures of some kids at the water park, and others at the pool.

Summer Edu-Venture Camp Opens

The Jubilee Center Summer Edu-Venture Camp opened June 29th. As always, the morning was devoted to academic pursuits, and the afternoon to activities. See if you can tell from these pictures whether the kids were happy to be there! (Spoiler: they were.)

“Jubilee Has Talent!” Talent Show

For the end of the school year, the students at the Jubilee Center organized and performed in a talent show for parents and community members. They danced, sang, recited spoken-word pieces, and much more. There was a concession stand with no items priced over $1.00. It was a joyful affair, as you can see from the pictures!

Teen Enrichment Program End-of-School-Year Celebration

To celebrate the end of the school year, the Teen Enrichment Program had a party at the Jubilee Center.

Teen Enrichment Program Has Prom Night

It was Prom Night, and some of the Teen Enrichment Program students stopped by the Jubilee Center to have their pictures taken. Then they all trooped over to the local high school to get pictures of some of the others.

Teen Enrichment Program at Six Flags

The Jubilee Center’s Teen Enrichment Program got the opportunity to go to Six Flags, as part of their celebration at the end of the school year.

Cub Scouts and Webelos Award Ceremony

Hoboken’s Cub Scouts and Webelos meet at the Jubilee Center. Recently they had their annual award ceremony, beside our new mural (painted by ZAR). Our Executive Director, David Shehigian, spoke to them (and visiting parents) about the Jubilee Center. When he mentioned the mural, they burst into applause!

ZAR’s Beautiful Mural

Artist Aldo “ZAR” Sanchez of ZAR Designs volunteered his time and painted this beautiful mural in our main room. All the Jubilee Center contributed was the wall! Pictures of his process below. The Jubilee Center thanks ZAR for the gorgeous fruit of his creativity. (Most photos courtesy of ZAR Designs)

Teen Enrichment Program Tours NYU

On May 29, students in the Jubilee Center’s Teen Enrichment Program got the opportunity to tour the campus of New York University (NYU).

Art Show by Aldo “ZAR” Sanchez of ZAR Designs

Aldo “ZAR” Sanchez came to the Jubilee Center to give a show to our Teen Enrichment Program. He showed students his art, and gave a detailed demonstration of his technique. His website is ZAR Designs.

AvePoint Volunteers at the Jubilee Center

On Wednesday, May 6, volunteers from the Jersey City office of AvePoint came to the Jubilee Center. They helped out in several ways, including reading to the Kindergarten class and helping older kids with homework.

The pictures below are courtesy of AvePoint; there are even more pictures on the very nice writeup they gave us on their blog: Global Outreach: AvePoint Helps Students at The Jubilee Center in Hoboken, NJ. Thank you, AvePoint, and especially the volunteers who made this possible!

Career Day at the Jubilee Center

On Wednesday, April 29, the Jubilee Center hosted Career Day as part of the Teen Enrichment Program. Professionals from many walks of life were available to talk about their careers with students. Many of the students stayed after the official end of the program.

Teen Enrichment Program Tours Montclair State

On Thursday, April 16, the Teen Enrichment Program toured the campus of Montclair State University and ate dinner on campus.

Teen Enrichment Program Attends Nets Game

On Sunday, March 29, the Jubilee Center Teen Enrichment Program attended the Nets/Lakers game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. No doubt due to their presence, the Nets won.

Teen Enrichment Program Mock Interviews

On Wednesday, March 25, the Teen Enrichment Program conducted mock interviews. The session began with a talk on interviewing effectively (proper attire, etc.). Then each student had an opportunity to practice interviewing with one of several “interviewers” who volunteered for the occasion. Then they changed interviewers; each student was able to conduct at least two mock interviews. The last picture in the gallery below shows what they thought of the experience.

Teen Enrichment Program Visits FIT

On Wednesday, March 18, students in The Jubilee Center Teen Enrichment Program toured the campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Later, they visited the Museum at FIT, which has exhibits of fashions through the decades.

UBS Volunteers Present on STEM

On Wednesday, March 11, volunteers from UBS (Peter Sportello, Dodo Roberts, Toni Razzagone, and Kevin Schaefer) gave a presentation on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to The Jubilee Center’s Teen Enrichment Program, then led the students in a hands-on activity called the Marshmallow Challenge.

February Resource Fair for Families

At the Jubilee Center’s Resource Fair on February 25th, families and staff learned about Obamacare registration and spoke with leaders of Hoboken’s Boy Scouts troop, while children received free lead screenings by the Children’s Health Clinic of Jersey City.

College Preparedness Expert Visits Jubilee Center

On Wednesday, February 18th, Charlene Haykel, founder of the Simply College program, gave students in the Jubilee Center’s teen program some tips for preparing for college.

Montclair Historical Society Field Trip

On February 13th, we took a group of students on a field trip to the Montclair Historical Society, where they toured a historic house and learned about how food was prepared centuries ago through a hearth cooking demo.

Valentine’s Celebration

Our families had a blast at our Valentine’s Celebration on Thursday, February 12th, featuring games, dancing, raffles, and a potluck dinner.

All Saints Episcopal Day School Book Drive

On February 11th, All Saints Episcopal Day School generously donated books for our kindergarten classroom library.

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Hip Hop and Zumba Night for Families

Families had a blast at our Zumba and Hip Hop demos on January 28th with instructors Sasha Centeno and Thomas High.

Fresh & Fit Orientation

During an orientation for our Fresh & Fit nutrition workshop series on Friday, January 16th, dietitian Marisa Sweeney of Be Well Morristown taught students how to prepare fruit kebabs. Workshop topics will include meal planning, budget grocery shopping, cooking, and fitness. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops.Orientation photo 1

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Join Us For A Community Resource Fair and Dance Class Demos

We invite Jubilee Center families to join us on Wed. January 28th for an information session on our new evening dance classes for adults and free Zumba and Hip Hop demo lessons.

Family Nutrition Workshops

We invite families to join us for a series of workshops on nutrition, meal planning, budget grocery shopping, and fitness. Nutrition workshops Jubilee Center

Jubilee Center Holiday Celebration

Students had a blast at our annual holiday celebration and gift giveaway, featuring a visit from Santa Claus!

Sing Along with Elsa and Anna

Join us for a sing-along and photo opportunity with Anna and Elsa on Saturday, November 22nd at All Saints Church, and help support the Jubilee Center! To purchase tickets, click here.

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Our 11th Annual BCC Was a Big Success!

Peper and Parlor Fundraiser to Support Jubilee Center

For the second year in a row, Hoboken apparel shop Peper and Parlor has chosen to support the Jubilee Center in its upcoming Annual Fall Fundraiser. The event will take place at Peper and Parlor on Wednesday, September 10th from 5-9 pm. In addition to donating a portion of proceeds from the evening’s clothing sales, the boutique is planning a silent auction to benefit our center. A big thanks to Peper and Parlor for its generosity!

11th Annual BCC

We invite you to join us in celebrating our 11th Annual Beloved Community Celebration (BCC) on Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m. at The Hudson Tea Building Residents’ Club, where we will be honoring some of Hoboken’s restaurateurs for their delicious, nutritious meals donated weekly to children at the Jubilee Center. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Camp Provides Youth with a Lifetime of Experience

Jubilee Center Hoboken: Fun, exciting activities and a healthy dose of education!  That is what Camp Jubilee campers experience each summer.

ziplineThroughout the summer, staff at Camp Jubilee, located at the Jubilee Center in Hoboken, NJ, have one goal in mind: to provide each camper the opportunity to learn while still having fun and enjoying their summer.

A typical camp day begins at 8:00 am with breakfast. After breakfast, New Jersey certified teachers focus on Math and Language Arts until lunch. In the afternoon campers participate in various activities such as computer instruction, cooking classes, arts & crafts, dance, gardening, music, karate, swimming and more. Finally, each day concludes with dinner.

Horses Friday is field trip day at Camp Jubilee. Trips outside of Hoboken are the experiences our campers need, because most have not been exposed to a rural environment and life outside the few blocks where they live.

Past trips have included: a working farm in rural New Jersey, Bowling at Hudson Lanes, Liberty State Park, FunPlex, and a three-night, four-day visit to Camp Refreshing Mount in Lancaster County, PA.

By the end of the summer, Camp Jubilee campers have experiences that will last a lifetime and a renewed enthusiasm to start the school year.

The cost to provide each camper with the Camp Jubilee summer experience is $870 per child. The families of our campers are asked to pay far less than the actual cost. In fact the majority of our campers receive a full or partial scholarship because no child is ever turned away from Camp Jubilee.

You can help these young people by taking a moment now to support Camp Jubilee. To donate visit: /

Why Summer Learning

The RAND Corporation study points out that the quality of the summer program matters, citing these characteristics of a high-quality program:

While all students lose some ground in mathematics over the summer, low-income students lose more ground in reading, while their higher-income peers may even gain.

IMG_5828_96Most disturbing is that summer learning loss is cumulative; over time, the difference between the summer learning rates of low-income and higher-income students contributes substantially to the achievement gap.

But do summer programs help? The RAND Corporation study says yes, stating that studies of various kinds of summer programs “have all found positive effects on student achievement,” and goes on to say:

he combined evidence from these studies suggests that all of these types of summer learning programs can mitigate summer learning losses and even lead to achievement gains.

Moreover, longitudinal studies conclude that the effects of summer learning programs endure for at least two years after the student has engaged in the summer program. (No studies have examined whether effects last beyond two years.)

IMG_5736_96So just preventing achievement loss during the summer benefits students substantially; but we want to do better. During Camp Jubilee 2012, we tested the campers in reading and math at the beginning of the program, and again at the end. “Students completing 60 hours of small group academic enrichment activities and tutoring improved their combined test scores by 17%,” according to Sandra Huff, Jubilee Center Education Coordinator.

Camp Jubilee is an all-day program with many enrichment activities. Also,

· Transportation is provided to all offsite activities;

· The Computer-Aided Learning Services (CALS) system allows self-paced instruction, freeing teachers for one-on-one instruction as needed;

· Students are largely drawn from the attendees of the Jubilee Center’s after-school program, so parent meetings take place regularly all year; and

· Camp Jubilee’s student to teacher ratio is about 10 to 1.


Finally, Camp Jubilee is a very cost-effective program. The RAND Corporation study says that “[p]roviding a high-quality summer learning program can cost between $1,109 and $2,801 per child for a six-hour-per-day, five-week program.” Camp Jubilee is a ten-hour-per-day, eight-week program, with a cost below that range.

One Parent’s Story

Jenine D’s story highlights the importance of affordable after-school/summer programs for parents and their children.

Six years ago, Janine was faced with the prospect of raising her two young children (then four and one) alone, due to the incarceration of the children’s father. Understanding the task ahead of her, she began making changes in her life which would allow her to better provide for her young family as a single mom.

Since that decision six years ago, Jenine has earned her BA, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree while working full time.

As you can imagine, having two school aged children (now eleven and seven) while attending school and working full time can be very hectic. “The Jubilee Center is a life saver,” says Jenine. “It not only provides a safe place for my children during non-school hours, I am assured my children’s homework is completed each day.” She continues, “On those occasions when my school and work schedule make preparing an evening meal impossible, I know that my children have the opportunity to receive dinner at the Jubilee Center.”

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