INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Junior is integral part of Boys and Girls Club
Seeing 200 students attend two Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton volunteer information sessions last week was special for Moshe Roberts.
“It was really encouraging that we had this outreach from students,” said Roberts, a 20-year-old junior from Syracuse. “I had no idea there was this many people willing to volunteer. They’re not getting paid; they’re doing it because they want to make a difference.”
Roberts knows about making a difference. He started at the Boys and Girls Club shortly after transferring here from the University of Albany after his freshman year.
“He does hard work, but he always takes the time to give back to the community around him,” said Jeff Horowitz, assistant director of Dickinson Community, who has worked with Roberts on campus.
Roberts eventually became a site manager for the Boys and Girls Club: He ensures that each of the sites at Binghamton’s elementary schools and the main facility on Washington Street has enough staff. Roberts also keeps tabs on the children in the program.
“It’s nice because I get to see the administrative side of running such a massive afterschool program,” he said. “Each school has a different personality. No two are alike.”
Roberts’ duties with the Boys and Girls Club take up 20 hours a week, he said. He also is an RA in College-in-the-Woods, a Nature Preserve guide on weekends and is spending three mornings a week this semester interning at Binghamton General Hospital, where the biology major is helping in the operating room and “seeing what a hospital is like from the inside.”
Roberts is hopeful that whatever career he chooses will improve the lives of youth. For now, his goal is to get 60-100 new student volunteers who will serve as mentors and lead reading and homework groups at the Boys and Girls Club. This will help cut the child-to-adult ratio and allow for innovative programs, he said.
“This is definitely going to be a long-term project,” he said. “The Boys and Girls Club isn’t going anywhere. Binghamton University isn’t either. We’re hoping to keep a lasting relationship.”