The newest program brochure for the Spruce Street community center is now available to download. This 20-page brochure includes descriptions, dates and times for all the exciting classes that will be offered in Fall 2015 at the center, for preschoolers, youths, teens and adults.
Click here to download the full brochure.
Community supporters, stakeholders, and well-wishers joined the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County leadership, board of trustees, and capital campaign committee at groundbreaking ceremonies Oct. 31 for its new state-of-the-art facility at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrence Township.
Scheduled to open in September 2015, the building will feature a gymnasium, teen and technology centers, a game room, teaching kitchen and café, and numerous adaptable classrooms.
The new Boys & Girls Club will make the organization’s award-winning programs available to more than 2,000 additional youths and double the number of teens enrolled in its college and career preparation programs. In addition, the Club plans to introduce a host of vocational and technical career tracks for non college-bound teens.
“This project is going to be very important for teens not only in Trenton but in all of Mercer County,” said David E. Anderson, president and chief executive officer.
Leadership donors to the Boys & Girls Club More Than Hope Campaign join in ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new community center under construction at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrence Township. Left to right are Curt Oltmans, Boys & Girls Club trustee standing in honor of Novo Nordisk; Woody Johnson, president and owner of the New York Jets and his mother, Betty Wold Johnson, representing the Snowflake Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust; Eddie Williams, chair of the More Than Hope Campaign; George Briar, on behalf of the Nordson Corporation Foundation; Deborah Sands Gartenberg, a steward of the George and Estelle Sands Foundation; Judith Persichilli, a trustee of the James Kerney Foundation; Felicia DeVincenzi, chair of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Trustees; and David E. Anderson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.
Teen Club members will have the opportunity to undertake courses in 12 defined career clusters, perform paid internships, achieve certifications, learn new skills, and develop social entrepreneurial business ventures.
Eddie Williams, senior vice president of biopharmaceuticals at Novo Nordisk and chair of the More Than Hope Capital Campaign, gave thanks to the lead supporters of the project.
“We could not have reached this point without the generous support of corporations, foundations and the community, who have embraced our vision and made this day possible,” said Williams.
Williams introduced representatives from the campaign’s lead donors, which include Novo Nordisk, Nordson Corporation Foundation, the James Kerney Foundation, the George and Estelle Sands Foundation, the Rue Foundation, and the Gibson Family Foundation.
Woody Johnson, president and owner of the New York Jets, and his mother, Betty Wold Johnson, represented the Snowflake Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust. A $500,000 gift to fund the Johnson Teen Center in the new community center was the single largest project funded through the Snowflake Foundation, established in February by the host committee of the 2014 New York/New Jersey Super Bowl.
More Than Hope, a campaign of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County to help youth succeed, is raising $7.5 million to construct the new Clubhouse, build an endowment, and fund cutting-edge programs that will prepare kids to enter the world of work and higher education.
Opening in Fall 2015, this new community center – centrally located at 1040 Spruce Street – will be home to all High School Teen Programming and will feature our Career Exploration and Career Pathways programs. The new Boys & Girls Club will include teen and technology centers, a gymnasium, a café and food court, an arcade, and multi-purpose rooms.
In addition to serving as a regional resource for teens, the new Boys & Girls Club will offer a wide variety of recreational and enrichment programs for Lawrence and Ewing Township youths and their families. The Club will offer community residents innovative programs that focus on education, career development, leadership and character, and health and wellness. Click here to learn about programs in the new Clubhouse.