Club Staff Get Significant Pay Raise
In early 2023, Boys & Girls Clubs announced a realignment of wages that more accurately reflects the value of work its employees bring, as well as the skill and expertise required of employees. The move resulted in a $6/hr increase across the board for part time staff.
CEO Christina Singh said that the change was a long time coming and establishes the organization as not just an advocate for youth, but those employed to serve youth. Singh and the board of directors want to change the narrative that commonly undervalues childcare workers.
“There’s an extreme shortage of affordable childcare, in large part because it’s historically been difficult to earn a living wage in the industry. Boys & Girls Clubs are part of the solution on both sides of this issue.” Christina Singh, CEO
Many local families are forced to chose between missing work or leaving children home unattended. Clubs offer a safe place for kid 6-18 before school, after school and all day during the summer. Many Club program are free or have nominal fees that can be offset so pay is never a barrier to service.
Singh said that meeting increased need in the community means hiring more staff. And in order to do that, the organization must be able to attract and retain talented workers. She doesn’t want staff to worry about needing a second job or being overworked in order to pay bills. “Kids need staff to show up fully for them, with the energy and quality of programs they deserve. If staff are burnt out or depleted, there’s little left to inspire and empower youth.”
The wage increase got the attention of the Sheboygan Press in an article that ran in April.
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