Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ

Working with Kids

Our extended day learning programs serve children in grades K to 8 during the after-school hours between 3 and 6:30 p.m. Volunteers can help with activities such as homework, coaching sports, teaching chess, computer instruction, cooking class, and photography. To become a volunteer, Click Here.

Our evening and Saturday programs serve adolescents and teens. You can help with completing college and technical school applications, mock job interviews, SAT preparation, sports instruction, and social events. Volunteers also assist in our summer camps with sports, games, boating, gardening, and field trips. Read descriptions to learn more about individual volunteer opportunities.

Homework Helper 

 Homework HelperAssist children in grades K-8 with their homework in our extended day learning programs. Subjects include math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Volunteers should be patient, enjoy working with and encouraging children, and have the ability to explain content clearly. We require a weekly one-hour commitment on a specific day and time between the hours of 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. and we strongly encourage a minimum three-month minimum commitment. We accept volunteers of high school age and older. Mature middle schoolers are also welcome to apply to assist with our younger elementary age children. Volunteers may work at one of 10 program locations in Trenton, including the Clubhouse on Centre Street and in nine elementary schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

Math, Reading, or Writing Tutor Reading Kid

Tutor elementary, middle school, or high school students one-on-one or in small groups in our extended day learning programs (grades K-8) or during our evening teen programs (grades 9-12). Volunteers should have a minimum of 60 college credits and enjoy working with youth. We require a weekly one-hour commitment on a specific day and time each week between the hours of 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. for elementary and middle school children and between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. for high school youth. We strongly encourage a minimum three-month commitment. Volunteers may work at one of 10 program locations in Trenton, including the Clubhouse on Centre Street and in nine elementary schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

Basketball Coach or Assistant Coach 

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Coach basketball or serve as an assistant coach for teams of children in grades 3-12. Volunteers should have experience playing and/or coaching basketball and be able to teach skills and run drills. Programs run at select times during the school year, Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. or from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturdays as needed. Programs take place at the Clubhouse on Centre Street and at several of our after-school program sites in schools throughout the city. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. 

 (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers.)

Sports Assistant 

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Work alongside staff members to assist with organizing and playing athletic games, including basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football, and obstacle courses in our after-school programs for children in grades K-8. Volunteers should possess athletic ability and enjoy working with youth. We require a weekly one-hour commitment on a specific day and time between the hours of 4 and 6:15 p.m., Monday to Friday and we strongly encourage a minimum three month commitment. We accept volunteers of high school age and older. Programs are run at the Clubhouse on Centre Street and at nine of our after-school program sites in schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

Arts and Crafts Assistant

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Assist staff members with arts and crafts activities for children in grades K-8 in our extended day learning programs. Volunteers must possess artistic ability and enjoy working with children in group settings. We require a weekly one-hour commitment on a specific day and time each week between the hours of 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. We strongly encourage a minimum three-month commitment. We accept volunteers high school age and older. Volunteers may work at one of 10 program locations in Trenton, including the Clubhouse on Centre Street and nine elementary schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

Special Club Coordinator 

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Run a chess, Scrabble®, backgammon, knitting, needlework, yoga, acting, or music club in our extended day learning programs for children in grades K-8. Other areas of interest are welcome depending upon the needs of our program staff. We require a weekly one-hour commitment on a specific day and time each week between the hours of 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. and we strongly encourage a minimum three-month commitment. We accept volunteers of high school age and older. Volunteers may work at one of 10 program locations in Trenton, including the Clubhouse on Centre Street and nine elementary schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

“Fun Friday” Activity Helper 

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Work alongside professional staff members assisting with special “Fun Friday” activities, such as cooking, arts and crafts, and sports, in our extended day learning program for children in grades K-8. Volunteer must enjoy working with children in an energetic group setting. We require a weekly one-hour time commitment between the hours of 3:45 and 6 p.m. at the same time each week and strongly encourage a minimum three-month commitment. We accept volunteers high school age and older. Volunteers may work at one of 10 program locations in Trenton, including the Clubhouse on Centre Street and nine elementary schools throughout the city. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

College and Trade/Technical School Application Assistant

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Assist high school students in navigating the college, trade, and technical school application process. Volunteers should have current experience with the application process and the ability to guide students through on-line resources. Knowledge of the standard financial aid form (FAFSA) a plus but not required. Volunteers may work one-on-one or in small groups and must be available on weekday evenings between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. for a minimum of one hour per week. This program takes place at our Clubhouse on Centre Street. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers age 18 and older.)

Youth of the Year Mentor

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Mentor a high school student for our annual Youth of the Year Program. This Boys & Girls Clubs of America program focuses on developing strong writing and public speaking skills and matches a student with a community mentor who works in a field of interest to the student. A Club staff member is involved in the mentorship relationship to provide ongoing guidance and feedback. Students who complete all program requirements are invited to compete for college scholarships at the Trenton Club’s annual Youth of the Year Dinner. Winners of the local competition go on to compete statewide and regionally. Mentors must be available 3 to 4 times per month from January to March for electronic communication and/or in-person meetings at the Clubhouse. A mandatory training session is provided in December or early January. (Criminal background checks and personal references are required for all volunteers.)

Career Fair Presenter

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Participate in a career fair to share your professional experiences and insights with children in grades 6-12. Fairs are scheduled in the autumn and spring and are held at our Clubhouse on Centre Street and nine elementary schools throughout the city. We schedule the fairs on weekdays during after-school and early-evening hours.

Intern Mentor

Host a high school intern at your business or organization during the winter or spring break to provide hands-on learning in a particular trade or professional field. Mentors should have a strong interest in sharing their career knowledge and experiences and be able to provide the intern with a workspace.