Teen Programs (Grades 9-12)

Make meaningful connections with other Teens though our great social and leadership development programs for grades 9 - 12!  Friend Lindsay TeenDirector on Facebook for updates on Teen activities. 

Meet and Greet at Let’s YO!
Thursday, Thursday, April 10 • 7:00 – 8:00 P
Let’s YO! Watchung (in the Blue Star Shopping Center)
Open to all new Youth/Teen Members!
Grades 6 – 12
Hang out and meet other new members of the JCC! Bring friends! And..if you email Lindsay at lnapchen@jccnj.org, she will send you a coupon for 20% off your fro-yo purchase on that day!

Teens, commemorate Yom HaShoa
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Teen Photo Contest
Open to all teens in the community, grades 6-12
Contest runs Monday, March 3 – Monday, April 14
If you’re a teen at our JCC or in our community, here’s your chance to commemorate Yom HaShoa and show that we, as a Jewish community, are stronger and more confident than ever – a testament to never allowing a Holocaust to happen again.  Submit a photo of yourself, your friends or your family that demonstrates your Jewish identity, along with a caption (140 characters or less) that describes the photo. Use your creativity…your Jewish identity shines through at school, in your volunteer work, at holidays or just eating a bagel with friends at a local deli!  Prizes include an overnight trip to Washington DC and more!   We will create a photo gallery from all the submissions, and winners will be announced at the Gallery Opening/Yom HaShoa Commemoration Event on Sunday, April 27 at the JCC.  Get creative…don’t wait…contact Lindsay Napchen at lnapchen@jccnj.org for more information on how to enter! 

FREE screening of
The Bully Project with post-film discussion
24233-03 • Tuesday, May 20 • 7:00 P

Amanda Minkoff, Program Director, BBYO, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region, will join us for a screening of The Bully Project and a post-film discussion on the impact bullying has on teens.  Learn more at www.thebullyproject.com.

Click here for our Group Ex schedule filled with classes for youth and teens!

Click here for Youth and Teen Fitness specialty classes!

Click here for youth and teen art classes! 

TOP 5 REASONS to be a JCC Teen Leader this coming year!
5. You'll gain valuable knowledge and experience to help shape your budding identity as a Young Jewish Leader!
4. You'll engage with teens from another JCC and explore what their community is like.
3. You'll explore your inner-comedian with a visit from an Improv Troupe at one of our new "Creativity Workshops."
2. 11th and 12th graders will gain fundraising and allocation skills on our new "Teen Philanthropy" track as part of the JCC Teen Leadership Fellows.
And the #1 reason...
1. You'll be the first to sport our brand new JCC Teen Leadership "swag" (t-shirts)!

Our teen leadership programs teach teens in grades 9-12 valuable leadership skills from executives, life coaches, Jewish educators and certified social workers.  While making a difference in their community and in their lives, teens can find out how community activism can be fun and rewarding, and they can build their high school resume with meaningful and rewarding volunteer work and service learning.

Teen Action Service Corps (T.A.S.C.) for Grades 9 - 10  
Build Your Identity as a Leader
Applications for the 2013-2014 T.A.S.C. year are due on September 16
• Participate in volunteerism and community service through individual service projects and community events
• Develop leadership skills and understand your role within this Jewish community
• Learn how to become effective, thoughtful and successful teen leaders
• Engage in a variety of social and social action experiences including learning workships, trips and an overnight group retreat

Program Components:
• Participants complete 40 hours of community service
• One overnight leadership retreat at the JCC
• Monthly meetings: three leadership workshops led by Lindsay Napchen, two speakers and one trip to a local community service organization (e.g., NJ Food Bank)
Member: $88, Community Participant: $110
Mandatory Orientation Meeting is Monday, October 7 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

JCC Teen Leadership Fellows for Grades 11 - 12 
Get Out and Change the World: Jewish Community and Beyond
Applications for the 2013-2014 T.A.S.C. year are due on September 16
• Build on existing leadership skills and experiences
• Learn how to strategically plan and execute meaningful and powerful social and social action programs for the community
• Gain a wider perspective on hte JCC and the Jewish community through a series of dynamic speaker workshops
• Step outside the immediate community during transformative social action and identity-driven trips

Program Components
• Complete the 18 hours of community service at community events
• Choose to serve on one of four sub-committees to plan and execute the following JCC teen events: T.A.S.C. Overnight Retreat, Come A.L.I.V.E. 5, Teen Film Festival, Battle of the Bands
• Monthly meetings: three speakers (Monday evenings), three off-site high level trips (usually on a Sunday) to NYC, Philly, etc.
Member: $140, Community Participant:$185
Mandatory Orientation Meeting is Monday, October 7 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Click here for the brochure detailing the TASC and Teen Leadership Fellows programs

2014-2015 T.A.S.C. application will be posted during summer 2014
2014-2015 Teen Leadership Fellows application will be posted during summer 2014

College Preparation
Educational Services Center and Kaplan Test Prep SAT/PSAT Classes
JCC members receive a 10% tuition discount from ESC and Kaplan. For registration, fee and course date information, call 1-800-762-TEST (ESC) or 1-800-KAP-TEST (Kaplan). The tuition cost also includes course materials.


Upcoming Events and Dates

April 21 - 22, 2014
April 25, 2014 | 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
May 4, 2014 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6, 2014 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
May 15, 2014 | 7:30 pm
May 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
May 20, 2014 | 7:00 pm


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