Jockey International Inc. To Support BGCK After-School Program
Jockey and BGCK Partner to Launch New Volunteer Initiatives
Kenosha, WI – April 19, 2021 – Jockey International Inc. is excited to partner with Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha by supporting the youth and teen center after-school education and enrichment programs. Jockey has been a longtime supporter of the BGCK and is further committing to the Club by making a $24,000 monetary donation and launching a new Jockey employee volunteer initiative.
While it costs families just $20 per year or 7 cents per day for their youth to attend the Club, it costs the BGCK about $450 per child to provide important after-school programming. Jockey’s investment will help offset this difference while giving families peace of mind knowing that their child is in a safe place, fed a healthy meal and receiving opportunities and access to resources they otherwise would not have.
As part of the new partnership, on a bi-weekly basis Jockey employees will volunteer to help Club members on a new reading program. The program will be geared towards members ages 6-13 who may be below their grade’s reading proficiency level. Volunteers will be given an agenda and paired up with a BGC youth upon their arrival. Activities include reading games, comprehension activities and reading books at the member’s reading level.
In addition to the new reading program, the youth and teen centers will be putting on monthly educational and fun events that are sponsored by Jockey. Jockey employees will have the opportunity to participate at each event. Examples of the events include a STEM fair, talent show, Cinco de Mayo Dinner, Juneteenth Day festival, Black History celebration dinner and more.
“We are delighted to partner with Jockey on educational and workforce development opportunities for our area youth,” said BGCK CEO, Tara Panasewicz. “There’s a great need to help our children read proficiently, and the investment made by Jockey and their employees will expand those efforts and play a role in helping to better our local community. We cannot thank them enough for their continued support of our mission.”
“When I was given the opportunity to expand Jockey’s community engagement efforts, I knew that we’d want to support the BGCK’s effort to make a difference in the lives of kids who need us the most in Kenosha,” said Chief Philanthropy Officer of Jockey, Jake McGhee. “I know how incredible the BGCK is from my time there and I’m excited for Jockey employees to roll up their sleeves, take action and be a part of it.”
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.
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