**UPDATE** June 10th – Here’s video from the rally:
The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens (BGCMQ) will be hosting a rally on Wednesday, June 10 at 6pm at the Club’s headquarters: 110-04 Atlantic Ave in Richmond Hill, NY. More than 300 students and parents, local elected officials, and community supporters will be joining BGCMQ to protest the City Council’s recent cut of essential elementary school funding for the Club, which supports essential elementary school programs at the Club including their summer program.
This funding cut directly impacts 200 low-income families from one of the most diverse areas within the City. Without such funding, approximately 200 elementary school children will be without educational and enrichment programs designed to help young people achieve academic success by providing tools and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.
“Parents that had counted on a safe and free place for their children to go after school now may face a cost of up to $300 per month per child.” said David Kupecky, BGCMQ’s Associate Executive Director. “For some families this means the choice between providing them a place for their children to learn and grow while they are at work or being able to put food on the table.”
Wednesday evening’s rally will call for the City Council to restore this essential funding for elementary school programs. Without this funding, BGCMQ will be incapable of providing their summer program, one the community has come to rely on for the 58 years BGCMQ has been rooted in the community.
BGCMQ provides a host of educational, social and community services to more than 900 children ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade in Queens, Brooklyn, and the surrounding areas. The mission of the BGCMQ is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. With a facility located in the heart of one of the most diverse communities in the world, the BGCMQ understands the importance of recognizing and celebrating all of our different backgrounds. Programs through the BGCMQ promote tolerance and confidence, as well as, provide those they serve with the information they need to make smart decisions in their everyday lives.