Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, NJ

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Spruce Street Teen Enrichment Programs

Our goal is to provide high-quality enrichment programs for teens preparing them for college, careers and leadership roles. It's easy to register online or by downloading the registration/membership form and sending them via email to mgonzalez@bgcmercer.org or by mail to 1040 Spruce Street, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Career Academies

Academy Registration must be done with paper registration (No online is available)
Click here to download the Academy Application.  
If you would like to apply for an Academy Scholarship, click here.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County partners with various companies, organizations and educational institutions to provide hands-on learning experience in various career fields. These Academies are a great way for your High School student to gain valuable experience either to help them make career decisions and/or build their resume for college/job applications.

Winter Open House – January 10, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Academies Coming Fall of 2018:
- Future Teachers Academy
- Film, TV, Editing & Producing Academy
- Music Academy
- Business, Finance & Entrepreneurial Academy
- Banking Academy
Register for the free open house HERE.

College, Career & Job Fair – March 22, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
- Meet with local & area colleges
- Learn about college readiness resources
- Learn About Internship opportunities
- Meet professionals to explore career options & information
- Meet with local companies looking to hire teens
- Career Academies Information
- Summer Future Teachers Academy
Fair is free - but you must register! Register by clicking HERE.


Future CPA Academy  

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This Academy is for 10th-12th Grade High School students to explore career opportunities within the accounting field. In the Fall students meet with weekly presenters from local accounting firms or colleges. They also work on the IRS Link & Learn software to learn tax laws and how to prepare 1040EZ returns. In January students take competency tests and learn how to use the IRS tax preparation software. Those students who pass the IRS exam then volunteer to prepare free tax returns for Mercer County residents as part of VITA program through United Way. The Spring term students visit local colleges, accounting firms and businesses.

Class schedule: 

February 3, 2018 - April 14, 2018 - Volunteer with VITA tax preparation program; Saturdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Students must commit to 5 of the 11 Saturdays in this time period.)

April 2018 - June 2018 - Weekly field trips to local colleges and businesses (These will be scheduled on Thursdays, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm)
(TCNJ, Rider University, Novo Nordisk, Lear & Pannepacker, AICPA)

Fall 2018 - Weekly guest speakers & IRS Link & Learn Activities 

Fee: $300 for the school year or $150 per session - Scholarships are available


IT Tech Academy

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Want to explore a possible career in IT repair and support? Area High School students can enroll in our TECH Academy which provides high school students with IT Essential skills through participation in hands-on work on computers. By the end of the course, students will learn how to diagnosis, repair, and install software on computers. At the completion of the two-month course, students can participate in a 100-hour internships experience in our Computer Exchange.

Class Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Students may participate 1 or 2 days a week to work towards their 100-hour goal.

Fee: $300 for the school year – Scholarships are available

Winter Session: January 16 - March 22, 2018
Spring Session: April 10 - June 19, 2018


STEM Academy

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High School Students interested in learning more about STEM and possible STEM careers can enroll in the after school STEM Academy. The Academy utilizes a curriculum developed and supported by Rutgers University and is taught by Rutgers 4H Youth Development staff. Students meet twice a week throughout the school year to explore various aspects of STEM. Students can enroll either in a beginner or intermediate cohort based on their current STEM skills. Students can join for the month, or the entire school year.

Beginner Cohort - Students will first be introduced to the engineering design process through fun and engaging projects from the Design It curriculum. They will challenge each other to design, build, test, and redesign the strongest, fastest, or most accurate projects. Students will also test their creativity by making several projects using simple technology such as Scratch, Finch Robots, and MaKey MaKey kits. Students will also learn basic skills in soldering, electricity, screen printing, leatherworking, mold making, and sewing that will further prepare them to create a final project of their own design.

Intermediate to Advance Cohort - The intermediate group will build off of the work done in Level 1 to further develop their maker skills. These sessions use the same approach as the intro course but introduce more advanced technology in 3D printing, laser cutting, and robotics. Students are provided ample time to work in teams to design and create projects of their own choosing using these technologies.

Class Schedule:
Beginner Cohort: Mondays & Thursdays;  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Intermediate to Advanced Cohort: Monday & Thursdays; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee: $30 per month - Scholarships are available

Winter Classes start January 15, 2018


College & Career Pathways

Career Launch & Internships

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Career Launch

Teens will learn the fundamentals of workplace readiness. This 12-week program will cover various topics such as: SMART goal setting; career exploration and discovery; field trips to local businesses; guest speakers from professionals in various industries/trades; interviewing techniques; public speaking; cover letter & resume writing.
After successfully completing the career launch program, teens are placed into a 100-hour volunteer internship based upon availability. Teens that successfully complete their internship are recommended for part-time employment at the Club or with club partners. Internship opportunities include:
• Assistant to members of the Leadership team
• Computer repairs and sales
• Bike repairs and sales
• Afterschool assistant teacher in sports, art, computers, and cooking (Spruce Street & Centre Street locations)
• Summer camp assistant teacher
• Point of Sale at our membership office
• Café BGs point of sale or food prep
• Facilities department
• Razor Sharp Barber Shop

Online Registration for Career Launch.

Monday & Wednesday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday & Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

Fee: $300 - Scholarships available 


ACT/PSAT/SAT Preparation & Math Tutoring

Does your teen need help in mathematics? Do they need a better understanding of mathematical concepts in Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, or Calculus? Do they need help with the mathematical portion of the PSAT/ACT/SAT exam? They can come to the club for expert help and guidance to aid them in their quest for success. Additionally, utilizing College Board and Khan Academy tools, teens will work through an individualized SAT prep curriculum. The curriculum allows students to track progress towards weekly goals developed towards test dates. Curriculum includes practice tests and phone app for daily problems.

Online Registration for ACT/PSAT/SAT & Math Tutoring

Mondays:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members;  $50 Program Member per 10-week session

SAT PREP

Does your teen need help to prepare for the SAT? In this 6 weeks program, the following topics will be covered: Analysis in Science; the Heart of Algebra; Words in Context; Expression of Ideas/Essay; Problem Solving & Data Analysis; Standard English Conventions; Analysis in History/Social Science; Passport to Advanced Math/Additional Topics; Command of Evidence and 2 Practice Tests. The class will be facilitated by Dr. Chiamobi Amutah, a former employee of Kaplan with extensive experience working with SAT programming and prep.

Mondays:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Fee: $100 for Teen Gold Members; $150 for non-teen gold members

Session: January 29 and will run 6 weeks up until the March 10th test date


College Planning & Preparation Made Easy

Do you know what you need to apply to college? Have you thought about the college you want to attend or if you want to attend a vocational school? Are you aware of the funding available for you to attend school or how to apply for scholarships? If these are questions that you want answered, this 12-week program is the class for you. Come out and learn all you need to know about preparing for and applying to college. The second part to this program focuses on college essay writing, which will help students write essays that will get them noticed when applying for college. Additionally, there will be college tours taken throughout the course of the year to expose students to campus life and opportunities. The course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. 

Online Registration for College Planning & Prep Made Easy

Thursdays:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members; $50 for program members per 12-week session 

Cost per college tour: $35 per student (includes transportation & meals)


Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County is a certifying agency for this prestigious award. High School teens who volunteer through Club structured programs such as Keystone, Future CPA Academy and our various Internship programs will have their volunteer hours qualify for this award. This program is a great way to recognize teens for giving back to their community, and building their personal resume. Award levels for hours volunteered per year are:

Bronze Silver Gold
Teens 14-15 years 50 75 100+
Teens 16-19 years 100 175 250

Clubs 

Online Registration for Teen Clubs

Keystone Club

The Midas Keystone Club is the premier leadership and service club for high school students. The Club has annual service projects and student leadership opportunities. The Club meets weekly to plan social events, trips and service projects. The Club hosts and travels to local conferences. Membership in Keystone requires regular attendance, volunteer hours, work on projects, and fundraising to attend conferences and trips. 

Tuesdays & Thursdays:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee: Free for Teen Gold members, with $5/month Keystone dues;
$150 Program Members (Annual Fee) with $5/month Keystone dues

Cooking Club

Students will cook basic meals in our Kitchen Classroom, learning the fundamentals of making a quick and easy meal. From a basic sandwich to something simple in the oven, teens will be able to maneuver through the kitchen and make something tasty to eat. Students will cook basic meals in our Kitchen Classroom, learning the fundamentals of making a quick and easy meal. From a basic sandwich to something simple in the oven, teens will be able to maneuver through the kitchen and make something tasty to eat. Guest Chefs will meet with students and give them extra tips and tricks in the kitchen. The session will end with a “Cook-Off” event to be held at the club. Additionally, visits will be scheduled to local cooking establishments.

Wednesdays:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members with $5/month Cooking Club dues;
$50 Program Member per 10-week session with $5/month Cooking Club dues


Sports

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Hoop Dance

Taught by Jessie S. Hoops. Hoop Dance or “Hooping” is a form of dance and artistic expression that is both challenging and rewarding at any age. It helps build hand-eye coordination, body awareness, self-confidence, and overall fitness level. In this class students will learn how to spin a hoop on more than just the waist. Students will learn both the basics and more challenging combination tricks, hoop illusions, and jumps. No experience necessary, all skill levels welcome. Hoops provided for use during class time.

Thursdays:
6:00PM – 7:00 PM

Fee: $110 for 8-week session

First Session: January 11 - March 8, 2018
Second Session: March 15 - May 3, 2018


Wickline Casting

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Intro to Film & TV: Acting Behind the Scenes

This introductory to intermediate level program has youth working as cast, crew and writers to produce various film segments. Kids learn basic level of acting, directing, and operating the camera. Also script writing, storyboarding and improvisation will be introduced. During the course of the program they will work on commercials, film scenes, music videos and public service announcements.

Tuesdays:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Ages 12-18)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 24, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 9, 2018

TV Production Club

This intermediate to advanced Club meets weekly during the year to produce various commercials, public service announcements, interviews, and stories for publication on social media, Instagram, and the Club’s website. Students can focus on all aspects of TV production of just writing, producing, editing or on camera. Professional staff coach and advise students on developing weekly content.

Mondays:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Ages 10-18)

First Session: January 15 - March 24, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 9, 2018


East Coast Recording

East Coast Recording

Lead by Grammy award winning producer Jim Cravero, who is one of the leaders in the music industry on the east coast. Jim’s vision is to provide an opportunity for youth to understand the workings of the music industry by producing a song from start to finish. For some students the program enables them to pursue their dreams of working in this industry.

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Singing & Song Writing

Does your child play an instrument? Is your child learning to play an instrument? Would they be interested in writing their very own songs? With this class your child will be introduced into the world of songwriting. Students will explore the concepts of tempo, feel, and style as a foundation for creating their next hit song. Students will experience writing a catchy chorus, developing and writing a verse,
and introducing and placing a bridge. Students will create an intro, learn about building intensity, and completing a song. Students will experience songwriting that will last a lifetime.

Wednesdays:
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Ages 11-18)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 24, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 9, 2018

Hip-Hop & Rap

Does your child wonder what it takes to be the next big Hip-Hop producer? This class will introduce your growing MC to the art of Hip-Hop. Students will learn a brief history of Rap music and create their very own beats using the latest music software. We will teach rhyming concepts and the importance of writing a good hook. They will use these concepts, along with their own life experiences, to write lyrics. Students will then record this rap over their new beat to create their very own Hip-Hop song. On the final day students will receive a CD of their new song to enjoy for years to come.

Thursdays:
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Ages 11+)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 24, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 9, 2018

Music & Voice Production

Does your child dream of what it’s like to be behind the microphone, performing like their favorite singer? Well, here's their chance! Students will have a blast developing their skills in Songwriting, Music Recording, Voice-overs and Audio Equipment Operation. Students can work interchangeably as talent and/or crew, behind the scenes or behind the microphone. They'll learn vocal warm up routines, perform voice-overs and TV/radio announcements, have a blast singing karaoke to their favorite songs, and the best part is they will have the unique opportunity to create their very own song from start to finish and record it live! Students will produce a song from beginning to end and have a copy of that song to share with friends and family for years to come. Students will receive one professionally edited audio CD that contains all of their camp recordings for the week. 

Thursdays:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 24, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 9, 2018


Earn a Bike Internship

Area 7-10th graders can participate in a 24 hours internship to learn bike repair skills in the Clubs Bike Exchange at our Spruce Street Community Center. After completion they are eligible to select a bike worth up to $75 as a project repair bike to test their repair skills. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to participate in the Club’s Career Launch to work program at the Bike Exchange. Students who graduate from this program work 6-9 hours per week at the Bike Exchange.

Fee: $75