ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH PROGRAM (AYP)
The Advocacy for Youth program (AYP) is a weekly program for male & female students in 9th and 10th grade. The primary purpose is to help students have a smooth and successful academic and social transition into high school. Weekly meetings focus on setting and achieving individual goals, developing life skills, advocating for one’s self, and improving study skills. Tutoring assistance is provided and pizza is served at weekly meetings.
The program also aims to increase the students’ involvement in the community through participation in community service opportunities and employment options.
Student’s fun activities included:
- McCarter Theatre Shows
- Movie Theater
- Roller Skating
- Ice Cream
- Songwriting Classes with the Arts Council
- Corner of Chaos
- Symphony Show
- Circus Show
PRINCETON YOUTH PROJECT (PYP)
The Princeton Youth Project (PYP) is a program for 11 & 12th grade male students who attend Princeton High School. The goal of PYP is to help students transition successfully out of high school and into the next phase of their lives by exploring their interests, career, and educational options. We emphasize personal, social and academic growth.
PYP meets weekly as a group, and students also meet for individual check-in sessions with program facilitator, Fil Cuino. Students take a career assessment at the beginning of the academic year to help clarify their strengths and interests. Free tutoring and SAT preparation sessions are offered. Weekly group sessions focus on skill building and include topics such as:
• Goal setting
• Effective communication
• Education planning
• Job readiness training (interviewing, resume writing)
Career-oriented speakers are invited to share their experiences. Students attend college visits or information sessions to schools such as Rutgers University, Monmouth University, Rowan University, and Penn State.
PYP students also participate in community service projects and enjoy fun, social activities such as playing basketball, football, going bowling or to the movies, or attending performances at McCarter Theatre. PYP students also attend a summer retreat at Princeton Blairstown Center which is filled with fun activities allowing our students to maintain group cohesiveness.
WORLD OF WORK FOR YOUTH (WOWY)
The World of Work for Youth Program (WOWY) is a weekly program for females in 11th and 12th grade. The primary focus is to assist students in identifying their post-high school plans through career exposure, higher education exploration, and developing the life skills necessary to successfully achieve their goals.
Through weekly meetings, guest speakers, college campus visits, workshops, employment, community service and one on one sessions held with the coordinator, students will gain an understanding of the connection between educational achievement and future success.
Students receive academic support through free tutoring and individual SAT preparation sessions.
Students will also participate in community service and employment opportunities.
Students participate in workshops focused on:
- Interviewing Skills
- Goal Setting
- Resume Writing
- Social Media
- Health & Nutrition
- Healthy Relationships
WOWY students have made college visits to The College of New Jersey, Rutgers, Montclair, Monmouth, Mercer County Community College and Rowan University.
WOWY students enjoy fun social outings to the mall for prom dresses, movies, McCarter theatre, private kickboxing and yoga sessions, Zumba classes and songwriting class offered by the arts council.