Police converged on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County Wednesday afternoon, but it was all in the name of fun and games, peppered with some serious talk about issues facing today’s youth.
More than 100 member of the club took on law enforcement officers from the Jersey City and Port Authority police departments in a friendly volleyball game. Among the police officers playing were two club alumni who were recently sworn in as police officers — Cristhian Vasquez with the JCPD and Adonis Brown with the PAPD.
The afternoon culminated with pizza for club members courtesy of the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Assiocation (JCPOBA). Over pizza, the teens talked with officers about the issues facing youth and police in the community.
The program was part of a larger initiative through the Club’s Keystone leadership program and the National Boys & Girls Club Keystone project –Dialogue with Law Enforcement.
“We are very proud of our teen leaders here at the Club for their contributions for this inaugural experience and grateful to the Jersey City POBA and police officers who participated,” said Gary Greenberg, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.
“This partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County is just one more part of the JCPOBA’s commitment to the community,” said Brian Miller, treasurer of the JCPOBA. “We are proud of the students that are working to develop this program … and look forward to engaging in ongoing dialogue with them and their peers.”
The event was also part of Boys & Girls Club Week festivities, which included pep rallies, scavenger hunts and a proclamation from Hoboken Mayor Dawen Zimmer in honor of Boys & Girls Club Week.
The week culminates on Saturday, April 1, with a college fair at the Jersey City Clubhouse from noon to 4 p.m. More than 35 colleges will be participating.