May 8, 2014
The students in FM’s Gender and Society class raised a total of $250.00 this semester to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Gloversville, serving the youth of Fulton County.
“Throughout the semester, each student contributed $0.50 per week toward a charitable donation fund,” said Associate Professor Dr. Paula Brown-Weinstock. “Students were asked to research and write a persuasive essay about an important social problem related to gender or sex. They had to identify a problem, present arguments for why it is important, discuss potential solutions for the problem, and present arguments for which solution is most effective. They gave an oral presentation to persuade their classmates to give the funds to an organization that is doing work surrounding the social problem. This is how the students selected the Boys and Girls Club.”
According to Dr. Brown-Weinstock, while the Boys and Girls Club may not typically be thought of as an organization that promotes gender equality, the student who advocated for the organization to receive the funds stated that, “growing up I was a member of the Boys and Girls Club. It was there that I learned as a girl I could do anything that boys could do. They taught me to believe in myself.”
In addition to the weekly class collection, the students held a bake sale. In class, the students learned about pay inequity; women make approximately $0.80 for every $1.00 men make. “Because of the pay inequity, male bake sale supporters were charged $0.50 for each item while females were charged $0.40,” said Dr. Brown-Weinstock.
According to the Boys and Girls Club website, in every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys and Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Local Boys and Girls Club representative Ruth Drake was invited to the class to accept the donation.
“I was shocked and delighted to hear that the class selected the Boys and Girls Club as their charitable organization,” said Drake. “We have a very tight budget and plan to create a Teen Center in Gloversville specifically for teenagers in the community. We want a place for teens to gather where they will be surrounded by positive influences and programs. This money will help support such a Center.”