After School Programs


 

About After School Program (ASP)

Our high-quality, super affordable After School Program stands out!  We provide kids with recreation, art, cooking, STEM and more...  Educational support and tutoring are also available to students that need a little extra help.  Our Program is more than just child care. Most students even receive transportation right from school to the Club.

 Our programs are all state-licensed and provide a structured After School experience, the afternoon is filled with activities from arrival at the Club until 6:00 pm each day.  

     

With support from our caring and professional staff, students participate in many activities, some examples are:

 

  • Arcade/Game Room
  • Art
  • Computers
  • Cooking
  • Healthy-living 
  • Healthy snack

 

  • Homework assistance
  • Reading & language arts
  • Recreation time
  • Sports/Gym
  • STEM
  •  Tutoring 

 

The Club operates state licensed After School programs for K-8 grade students in Mercer County.   

For programs for high school aged youth, see our Teen Programs.

 

Proud to Provide After School Program in our Clubhouses & Onsite at Trenton & Ewing Schools

The after school curriculum rotates in 12 week program cycles (Fall, Winter, Spring) during the school year.  Nutritional snacks are served daily. Middle school students can participate in special interest activities, these include:  chess, student leadership, cooking, robotics, science, sports, and more...

Busing from the following schools to the Centre Street Clubhouse:

  • Foundation Academy 
  • Hedgepath Williams/ Paul Robeson Elementary
  • Jefferson
  • Joyce Kilmer
  • Monument School
  • Village Charter 

 

 

Busing from the following schools to the Spruce Street Clubhouse:

  • Copeland 
  • Fisher Middle School
  • Holland Middle School 
  • McCoristin Charter School
  • McKnight
  • Paul Robeson Charter
  • STEM Civics

 

Onsite ASP at these Trenton Public  Schools:

  • Cadwalader/ Stokes
  • Grant School
  • Gregory School
  • Martin Luther King
  • Mott School
  • Parker School
  • Rivera School

Onsite ASP at these Ewing Public Schools:

  • Antheil 
  • Lore
  • Parkway

 

 

Professional staff lead activities with maximum 15 students per group. Teachers have state certification and/or years of experience in the theme activity they are leading.  Our online learning management system supports staff in delivering BGC Mercer's outstanding curriculum, which includes social-emotional learning, nutrition and healthy living, community service, outdoor education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and literacy. Both of our centers have an arcade/game room for recreation with friends. The Club also provides specialized Teen Programs that expand horizons and support college and career aspirations.

 

Our ASP focuses on providing youth with recreational activities as well as educational support.  We use as social-emotional learning approach and ensure all kids enaging in character development, and healthy living activities.  

BGC Mercer has been operating state licensed after school programs for more than 20 years.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs Membership

    Becoming a member of the Club is a requirement to participate in all BGC Mercer programs. 

    Kindergarten - 8th Graders 

    For youth members in kindergarten through 8th grade, the membership fee is $30 per year. 

    Teens

    For high school aged youth the membership fee is $40 per year or free to teens who qualify.  To participate in Teen Program, complete the membership form and return it to the Spruce Street Club Membership Office, 1040 Spruce St, Lawrence NJ or dbrannon@bgcmercer.org

  • Fees

    Monthly Tuition:  $235
    21st Century* Tuition: FREE

    *21st Century elligible students are 4-8th graders from the following schools:

    • Foundation Academy Charter
    • Grant
    • Hedgepath WIlliams
    • Holland Middle
    • Jefferson Elementary
    • Joyce Kilmer 
    • Martin Luther King
    • McCorristin Charter
    • Monument School
    • STEM Civics
    • Paul Robeson Charter
    • Village Charter 

     

    These students may pay as little as $15/month for ASP tuition

    After School Program tuition should be paid on a monthly basis to reserve your spot in ASP for the entire month.  If you are in need of financial assistance, please complete the scholarship application and submit it to the Membership Department at the appropriate Club.  Scholarships are granted on a first-come basis and are awarded based upon househole income, each family is assigned a fee based on a sliding scale fee structure.  Proper income documentation is required to process an after school scholarship request.

    **Scholarships are available at all program locations. Download the scholarship application to include with your program application.

     

    ASP starts on 9/9/2024 at both the Centre Street and Spruce Street Clubs, as well as all on-site After School Programs in Trenton and Ewing.

  • For more information or to register by phone, contact one of our Membership Departments:

    Spruce Street Club or a Ewing School Site

    (609) 695-6060 option 0

    Centre Street Club or a Trenton School Site

    609-392-3191 option 0

     

    Or send an email to Denise Brannon-Eutsey in our Membership Department dbrannon@bgcmercer.org

     

    Please download and read through the Parent Handbook. Please sign and return designated pages of the handbook and the medical form after you enroll to the appropriate Club location or via email to Denise Brannon-Eutsey in our Membership Department dbrannon@bgcmercer.org

  •  Free Transportation

    The Club provides free daily transportation by school bus from may local schools to our Clubhouses. 
     
    Parents or gaurdians must pick up youth at the ASP location no later than 6:00 pm. READ FAQ's

     

    Free daily busing is available from over a dozen Mercer County public, charter and private schools to our Clubhouses. These schools may include but are not limited to:

    • Achievers
    • Caldwalader/Stokes
    • Copeland (formerly Columbus)
    • Fisher
    • Foundation Academy
    • Hedgepath Williams/Robeson
    • Holland (formerly TCHS West)
    • Jefferson
    • Kilmer
    • McKnight (formerly Woodrow Wilson).
    • Monument
    • Paul Robeson Charter
    • PJ Hill
    • STEM Civics
    • Trenton Catholic Preparatory Academy
    • Village Charter

     

    For more information about busing contact one of our membership departments 609-392-3191 or 609-695-6060, select option 0.

Parent Testimonials

"My son loves the After School Program (ASP) and is excited to be part of it. He loves the program so much that he always tells me that I come too early to pick him up. The best part of the program is the staff that makes sure they have a personal connection with parents and children. They are aware of where the children are at all times. The STEM program has helped keep my son sharp in math and the science areas. This is the best investment that I have made thus far for my son."
- Tangela W, After School Program Parent

"Our daughter loves it so much that she never wants to go home. She wishes it was an overnight program."

- Olga Carillo-Martinez

 

"After searching high and low for a program that fits our needs, we decided on the ASP at Boys & Girls Club. My son started in September and absolutely loves it! The staff is great, the building is in impeccable condition and the list of programs and classes they do with them throughout the school year is amazing. Looking forward to the upcoming programs and what it entails for our youth."

- Dana H., After School Program Parent

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