Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, NJ

Spruce Street Youth Enrichment Programs

We are excited to offer Youth Enrichment Programs. Our goal is to provide high-quality enrichment programs for our youth that build self-confidence through learning and fun activities. 

If you prefer to register by mail or in person, Click here to download the registration/membership form. Please see each class to register online.


Wickline Casting

Wickline Casting

Wickline Casting is based out of Philadelphia and has casted over 10,000 roles in commercials, film and TV productions. Wickline Casting currently teaches youth throughout the tristate area about the film and TV industry through after school and camp programs for the past 18 years. Kathy Wickline designer of these programs is a top casting director of TV and Film in the Philadelphia area. Program instructors are actors and directors with impressive credits.

Online registration for Wickline Casting.

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Intro to Film & TV

Acting and Behind the Scenes – this introductory to intermediate level program has youth working as cast, crew, and writers to produce various film segments. Kids learn a 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:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Ages 7-11)
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

Acting for the Camera

This program focuses on the ‘acting’ part of filmmaking. Youth learn real auditioning skills by working with scripts for commercials and film readings. Instructors help students learn to personalize characters and follow direction, block for the camera and read with their ‘co-stars’. Improvisation and ad-libbing will be taught as a basis of making acting choices and trusting their instincts. Included in the program is a list of legitimate talent agencies.

Mondays:
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Ages 7-11)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 19, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 4, 2018

TV Production Club

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)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 15 - March 19, 2018
Second Session: April 2 - June 4, 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 spends equal amount of time producing music as well as supervising youth programs at 17 locations in the tri-state area. 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.

Online registration for East Coast Recording.

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Wanna Be a Pop Star

If your child enjoys singing and performing, then this is the class for your up-and-coming superstar! Not only will your child have a blast singing and performing their favorite karaoke songs, but we will also provide some silly dress ups and props so your child can perform and look like their favorite pop star. At the end of each session all students will perform and will be video-recorded and made available online for you to view and enjoy. While having fun, students will also learn basic vocal warm-ups and performance tips that will help build their confidence. Students will also play singing games similar to lip-sync competition and Name That Tune. This is a super-fun class! Dress ups and props are provided, however, students are welcome to bring their own favorite costumes as well!

Wednesdays:
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (Ages 6-10)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 17 - March 21, 2018
Second Session: April 4 - June 6, 2018

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+)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 17 - March 21, 2018
Second Session: April 4 - June 6, 2018

Hip-Hop & Rap

This class will introduce students 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 to 7:00 PM (Ages 11+)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 18 - March 22, 2018
Second Session: April 5 - June 7, 2018

Voice & Production Club

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, 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.

Thursdays:
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Ages 11+)

Fee: $150

First Session: January 18 - March 22, 2018
Second Session: April 5 - June 7, 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