Teen Center

Here at the Club, we want our teen and tween members to have a fun, safe and enjoyable place to come after school, on the weekend and over school vacations. By providing them with a positive place they can call their own, a place that allows them to hang out with friends and encourages them to engage in productive activities, we encourage them to make positive choices.  And by making positive choices, teens are on their way to becoming independent young adults.

Our facility provides both a teen and a tween room dedicated to fostering the growth of each age group, preparing our young people to reach their full potential, to prepare themselves for college and the working world, and to become the community leaders of tomorrow.

If you have any question about our Teen programs, please contact Stephanie Urio, Director of Program Outcomes,
at 516-676-1460 Ext. 13 or stephanie.urio@gbbgc.org.

Power Hour – Mondays – Thursdays, Grades 6-12
Each day after school our teens and tweens receive homework help and tutoring as well as assistance with research projects and studying techniques. With the help of staff and volunteers, they participate in high yield learning activities to provide the academic support they need.

SMART Girls – Mondays, Grades 6-8 (5:00-6:00 pm)
This program provides a forum for middle school girls to discuss the many issues they face today and the challenges they will face in the future. This program encourages healthy choices, self-respect and practical skills. Tweens participate in hands-on projects and field trips to local businesses and athletic events.

Passport to Manhood – Mondays, Grades 6-8 (4:30-5:30 pm)
This program provides a forum for middle school boys to discuss the many issues they face today and the challenges they will face in the future. The program encourages healthy decision making, respect for others, and confidence in oneself. Tweens participate in hands-on projects and field trips to local businesses and athletic events.

Healthy Habits – Mondays, Grades 6-12 (6-7:30 pm)
A big part of helping young people to reach their full potential is teaching them the keys to a healthy life. An understanding of how to make smart nutritional choices, how to achieve an active lifestyle, and how to develop a strong sense of self confidence is essential. Members are encouraged to sit down to a “healthy plate” at every meal by increasing their consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting their intake of foods high in calories, fat, salt and sugar. Members learn to limit takeout and fast food and to cook simple healthy meals for themselves and their families.

Money Matters – Wednesdays, Grades 9-12 (5-6 pm)
This financial literacy program teaches members about saving, budgeting, and creating their own business. Through guest speakers, field trips, and interactive computer lessons, members become better prepared to deal with the financial challenges they will face in the future.

College/S.A.T Prep – Tuesdays, Grades 10-12 (7-9 pm)
In today’s world, graduating from high school college-ready and obtaining a college degree can make all the difference in young person’s future. Our College Prep program includes SAT classes, college campus visits, assistance with college applications and financial aid forms, and admission interview training. The SAT classes utilize in house and out sourced tutors and instructors to provide help. The SAT Prep participants work in a group or a one on one setting, strengthening their English, Math and Essay Writing skills. In addition, the Club makes available a network of mentors our members can depend on even when they are in college.

Book ClubWednesdays, Grades 9-12 (5-6 pm)
Teens meet with their friends each week to discuss a novel of their choice in a relaxed setting. Members are encouraged to strengthen their ability to formulate and to articulate their opinions about what they read, while developing a love of books.

Keystone Club – Wednesdays, Grades 9-12 (7-8 pm)
The Keystone Club is a nationally chartered leadership and service club for teens who perform numerous service projects throughout the year.  Club members help younger members with homework, organize food and coat drives, and raise money through bake sales and car washes for various causes such as animal shelters, children’s hospitals and volunteer fire departments. Teens elect officers, choose their own projects and attend the Regional Conference.

Torch Club – Wednesdays, Grades 6-8 (5-6 pm)
The Torch Club is a nationally chartered leadership and service club for tweens who perform numerous service projects throughout the year.  Club members help younger members with homework, assist at community events, donate time to local cleanups and animal shelters, raising money through raffles and walks for various causes such as suicide prevention and service dogs. Tweens elect officers and choose their own projects.

Drama Club – Fridays, Grades 6-12 (5-6 pm)
Members will learn about the history of music and performing arts through interactive activities. Each week will focus on a different era or theme. This course is dedicated to inspiring and assisting in our members’ appreciation and knowledge of the performing arts. Members will also have the opportunity to write and stage their own productions.

Basketball Time – Fridays, Grades 9-12 (8-10 pm)
Every Friday night throughout the school year, teens enjoy open gym time to play a pick-up basketball game. This program provides a healthy, relaxed way for teens to get exercise with their friends.

City Club – Please contact the Teen Director for Trip Schedule
Members of City Club will have the opportunity to explore the many wonders of New York City. With monthly trips into the City, this program allows our members to discover all of the sights and sounds of the greatest city in the world.