Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County has just released its newest fall and winter offerings at its Spruce Street Community Center at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrence Township. Centrally located between Lawrence and Ewing, the Boys & Girls Club begins its third year of offering programs for Mercer County area youth ages 3 to 18.

The 35,000-square-foot facility, located next to Halo Farms and Trenton Farmers Market, features a gymnasium; teen and technology centers; an arcade; a professional teaching kitchen and cafe; karate, dance and art studios; career and STEM centers; and numerous adaptable classrooms.

The afterschool program at the Club includes free transportation from Ewing and Lawrence elementary schools, nutritious snacks, homework help, and a wide variety of enrichment programs such as STEM, art, cooking, sports and more. It operates until 6:30 each evening.

A full-day and half-day preschool is also bustling with children from age 3 to 5, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The teen program offers high school students a fun and safe place to be from 3 to 8 p.m. each day. College and career exploration/preparation is offered, including SAT prep, college essay writing, affording college, and more. This year the club is launching three year-long Teen Career Academies, including STEM, IT Tech, and future CPA pathways, which bring together local business and higher education teaching partners to deliver learning and hands-on experience to high schoolers.

The Club also offers a wide variety of enrichment programs for youth and teens, including NFL Flag Football, basketball leagues and clinics, dance, tumbling, STEM, cooking, and mentorships.

Membership is required for participation in any club program, but various levels are available. Youths, teens, and adults can join individually or with their families.

For complete information or to pre-register, go to www.bgcmercer.org, call 609-695-6060, or visit our membership desk at our 1040 Spruce Street Clubhouse Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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