Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, NJ

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 - New for Fall 2017

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 is proud to announce three new Career Academy programs. The STEM, IT Tech and Future CPA academies provide area high school students with hands-on career experiences while networking with local companies and colleges.


Future CPA Academy  

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

Class schedule: 
October 16. 2017 - January 30, 2018 - 90-minute classes, once per week (Schedule TBA)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 week days, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm)


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 IT Tech Academy, which provides students with Cisco IT Essential skills through participation in hands-on work with computers. By the end of the course, students will learn how to diagnosis, repair, and install software on computers. Students will also learn about viruses and how to remove them, basics of cyber security and common issues with printers/copiers. At the successful completion of the 100-hour internships experience in our Computer Exchange, students 16 years of age and older would be eligible for 6-9 hours per week of part-time employment with the Club.

The Club has partnered Domain Computer Services of Cranbury to help implement this IT Tech Academy. In 2016, Domain was named one of Inc. Magazine's 5000 fastest growing companies. DCS currently provides a diversity of IT services to clients in New York City, eastern PA and all of NJ. DCS also recently started a partnership with Mercer County Community College to develop a pipeline of IT professionals to support the employment needs of this growing company. www.computerhelpnj.com

Fee: $300 for the school year – Scholarships are available
Class Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursday - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Students may participate 1 or 2 days a week to work towards their 100-hour goal.
Fall Session starts October 2, 2017


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 taught by Rutgers 4-H 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. Projects typically take 3-4 weeks to complete.

Beginner Cohort - Students will first be introduced to the engineering design process through several 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, leather working, mold making, and sewing that will further prepare them to create a final project of their own design.

Intermediate to Advanced 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.

Fee: $60 per month ($50 per month for months 5-9); Scholarships are available
Fall Classes start September 25th
Class Schedule:
Beginner Cohort: Mondays & Thursdays;  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Intermediate to Advanced Cohort: Monday & Thursdays; 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


College & Career Pathways

Career Launch & Internships

Career Launch

The Club’s Career Launch program includes ten weeks of work readiness and career exploration.  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 technqiues; public speaking; cover letter & resume writing.  After successfully completing this portion of the program, teens are placed into a 100-hour volunteer internship, based on availability. Teens who successfully complete their internship are recommended for part-time employment at the Club. Internships opportunities include:
- Computer repairs & sales
- Bike repairs & sales
- After school assistant teacher in sports, art, computers, cooking
- Summer Camp assistant teacher- Point of Sale at our membership office
- Assistance to members of the Club's leadership team- Café BG’s point of sale or food prep- Razor Sharp Barber Shop

Monday & Wednesday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday & Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $150 Teen Gold Members; $300 Teen Program Members
 

Online Registration for Career Launch.

**Scholarship opportunities are available.


Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

mes to life skills, school, peer pressure, bullying as well as knowing when a situation is beyond their control and when to seek help. This program runs 10 weeks and is interactive between teens as well as club staff.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 Club, Future CPA Academy, and our various internship programs will have their volunteer hours count toward qualifying for this award. This program is a great way to recognize teens for giving back to their community while also building their personal resume. 

Award Levels for hours volunteers per year are:

Teens 14-15 Bronze: 50 hrs. Silver: 75 hrs. Gold: 100+ hrs.
Teens 16-19 Bronze: 100 hrs. Silver 175 hrs. Gold 250 hrs.


ACT/PSAT/SAT Preparation & Math Tutoring

Utilizing College Board and Khan Academy tools, Club staff lead teens through an individualized SAT prep curriculum. These tools utilize PSAT results, or having teens take the PSAT to diagnose areas of strengths and weaknesses. Curriculum allows students to track progress towards weekly goals developed towards test dates. Curriculum includes practice tests and phone app for daily problems.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.

Monday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members; 
$50 Program Member per 10-week session

Online Registration for ACT/PSAT/SAT Prep & Math Tutoring


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. Course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

Tuesday 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee: Cost: Free for Teen Gold Members; $50 Program Members (12-week session)

Online Registration for College Planning & Prep Made Easy


Clubs 

Online Registration for Teen Clubs

Keystone Club

Keystone Club is a nationally recognized 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.
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 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.

Wednesday 5:00 PM - 7:30 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


Super Sports Club

Calling all teens! Come out for an exciting time of fun and sports. We will be exploring an array of sporting activities to pique everyone’s interest and guarantee a good time. Eight-week sessions will also foster empowerment, leadership and teamwork.

Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM & 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members; $50 for Program Members for 8-week session


Uniquely Me Club

Teen girls unite! Come out for this motivational, empowering workshop addressing issues such as peer pressure, dating, domestic violence, anxiety, and more! Six week sessions will focus on a variety of topics relevant to today’s teen girl.

Friday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Fee: Free for Teen Gold Members' $50 for Program Members for 6-week session