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.

To register for all of Teen Enrichment Programs, please click here.


Clubs 

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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


Teen Enrichment 

Jessie S. Hoops

Jessie S Hoops

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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

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 16 - March 20, 2018
Second Session: April 3 - June 5, 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 19, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 4, 2018


East Coast Recording

East Coast Recording

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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.

Drummer

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 17 - March 21, 2018
Second Session: April 4 - June 6, 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 18 - March 22, 2018
Second Session: April 5 - June 7, 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 18 - March 22, 2018
Second Session: April 5 - June 7, 2018


Earn a Bike Internship

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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