12/5/2019 7:26:00 AM Rhinelander police detective pushes for local Boys and Girls Club Informational meeting Monday at Nicolet
River News Staff
Community residents interested in opening a Boys and Girls Club in Oneida County will hold an informational meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in room 207 of Nicolet College's Northwoods Center.
The effort is being spearheaded by Rhinelander Police Det. Sgt. Kyle Parish, who has been working on it since the end of August.
"I attended the National Drug Endangered Children Conference and they talked about trying to partner with mentoring programs to give kids diffent options, and we have none of that in our community at this point," Parish said. "So that is why I spearheaded it."
According to a press release, the vision is to create a safe and fun space for youth of Oneida County youth where they can grow into "productive young adults with the life skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world."
The Boys and Girls Club of Oneida County will also provide snacks and dinner for all members and once the program is established, according to the release.
"We will serve a estimated 30,000 meals a year," the release states.
Langlade County has had a similar program for 19 years and, to help keep costs down, Parish said Angel Zimmerman, the CEO of the Langlade County club is willing to help run the Oneida County club.
"She's been helping me a lot," Parish said.
Parish explained that he knows it is too late to seek city and county contributions for this year, and there is still the need for a location, but he remains undeterred.
"The UW-Extension has been talking about partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to provide some of the programming," he said.
"The plan is, you have to have three years of funding funded, so I'm hoping to next year hopefully have some money pledged from both the city and the county," he explained. "Location and funding is my big point right now. We have a location in mind, but we have to see if it's even buyable."
According to the press release, the Boys and Girls Club will serve youth in grades 1-12 and will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours in the summer.
Memberships will be open to all youth at a cost of $25.
The Boys and Girls Club of Oneida County has an account at Peoples State Bank where people can bring donations.
Organizers also have a Facebook page.
"I can also put pledges on the Facebook page I created for the Boys and Girls Club of Oneida County ," Parish added. "The big thing about donations is it stays right in Oneida County. If, for some reason, we can't get this going, it (donation) would actually go back to the donors."
Jamie Taylor may be reached via email at email@example.com.
Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2019
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