College Prep & Youth Enrichment Programs

College Prep & Youth Enrichment Programs
Phone NumberEmail Address

Corner House Programs:

Academic Success Today (AST) Program

Is a year-round program that provides Princeton middle school students with academic support and guidance. The program matches at-risk students at John Witherspoon Middle School, with mentors who are volunteers from Princeton University and the Princeton community. The positive relationship between the student and the mentor is the basis for this program. They meet weekly and go on outings such as: Meet Your Mentor event, Camp Night, and an award ceremony at the end of the year. In the summer, students can participate in the following camps: Princeton University’s sports camps, iD Tech Camps, and the Princeton Recreation Department Camp

Advocacy for Youth Program (AYP)

Is a weekly program for male and 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. The program also aims to increase the students’ involvement in the community through participation in community service opportunities and employment options.

Corner House Student Board (CHSB) 

Is a board of high schools seniors representing all four Princeton private and public schools; Princeton Day School, Princeton High School, the Hun School, and Stuart Country Day School. The board brings a student’s perspective to all agency activities and programs. Corner House Student Board members serve on selected Municipal Boards to provide a student perspective.

Growing Up Accepted as an Individual in America (GAIA I & II) 

Is a program of high schools students in the public and private schools in Princeton aimed at stopping hate, promoting peace, combating bullying, and learning acceptance of others. All GAIA I members are juniors in high school who provide workshops on inclusion, bullying and diversity to 2nd grade students in the Princeton Public Schools. GAIA II students, who are juniors and seniors in high school, create skits to perform for middle school students about diversity and acceptance of others.

Peer to Peer

Is a program aimed at reducing the incidents of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use among middle school students. Selected students in 8th grade are trained by Corner House and John Witherspoon staff to conduct substance abuse prevention, leadership, inclusion, and bullying workshops for the students in the 7th grade health classes.

Princeton Youth Program (PYP) 

Is a program for 11th and 12 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 the program facilitation. 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.

Super Teens Acting Responsibly (STAR) 

Is a weekly chat group at John Witherspoon Middle School that provides girls in 6th through 8th grade an opportunity to openly discuss topics that are important and unique to them. Topics include, but are not limited to: conflict resolution, peer pressure, social media, stress management, self-esteem, gossip, familial and peer relationships, substance use/abuse, etc. Each STAR group meets once weekly during the student’s lunch period.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) 

Is a peer leadership program comprised of 22 high schools juniors representing the public and private schools in Princeton. The students meet weekly with a trained program facilitator for educational sessions. They create presentations for middle and high school students on the risks and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, abuse, and addiction.

World of Work for Youth (WOWY) 

Is a weekly program for females in 11th and 12th grade. The primary focus is to assist students in identifying their post-high schools 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 education 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.

For all Corner House Programs, please refer to the information provided below:

One Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 924-8018



Isles Youth Institute (YouthBuild) 

Helps combat Trenton’s high dropout and low employment rates by preparing at-risk youth (ages 16-24) for work, higher education, and self-reliance. Isles provides academic instruction, vocational training, case management, job development, life skills, a mentoring program, and an extended evening program. An application to this program can be found here.

10 Wood St., Trenton NJ 08618

Phone: (609) 341-4700



Mercer Community College Youth Corps 

Designed to help people 16-25 years old by providing GED prep classes, career counseling, job training, and help enrolling in post-secondary education. Eligible students must have a birth certificate and social security card (signed). Each potential student must complete an application in person and be interviewed by a staff member.

10 West Piper Ave., Trenton, NJ 08628

Phone: (609) 570-3153




New Jersey Youth Corps 

Is a year-round, voluntary program that engages young adults (ages 16 to 25) in full-time community service, training, and educational activities. In exchange, youth receive education development, life skills and employability instruction, personal and career counseling, employment support, and community service opportunities.

Phone: (609) 570-3153

Web: new_jersey_youth_corps.shtml


Mercer County Community College

102 N. Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08690

Program Location

New Jersey Youth Corps

6 Esther Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey 08618


PACE Center has numerous programs offering youth academic and literacy support, including:

Community House After School Academy (CHASA) 

Is a middle school program where students participate in daily workshops designed to help them build and improve their academic skill in language arts, math, writing and science.

Community House After School Enrichment (CHASE) 

Is a Community House project focused on enabling low income, minority, and first generation high school students in the Princeton community to overcome the education gap. 

Community House SAT Prep 

Provides volunteers who teach Math and English as well as one-on-one tutoring to help high school students develop standardized test-taking skills.

Community House STEAM Summer Camp 

Offers a hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math to students in the Princeton community so that they can enhance their knowledge and skills in the STEAM area while discovering a love for science and the arts.


Encourages middle school students to examine issues surrounding diversity, including culture, ethnicity, race, education, gender identity, and religious beliefs.

Generation One 

Helps students navigate the high school experience and prepare to launch into college by providing mentoring, academic tutoring, subject-specific study circles, writing workshops, field trips, college tours and other activities.

For all PACE Center Programs, please refer to the information provided below:

201 Frist Campus Center, Princeton, NJ 08544        

Phone: (609) 258-7260 




Is a rigorous, academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low income high school students in the Princeton area by offering courses in the arts, college preparation, math, science, writing and literature. The tuition-free program prepares participants for admission to and success within colleges and universities. For detailed information, you can download the brochure here.

41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 Phone: (609) 258-3336 Web:


Princeton Family YMCA

Committed and Faithful Princetonians 

Is a Princeton-based group created to help young people ages 11-18 achieve academic, social and personal goals and overcome obstacles in a safe, uplifting environment.

The 7th Grade Initiative 

Gives kids an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by sharing in healthy, confidence-building activities and programs in a safe setting.  Launched as a collective effort among New Jersey YMCAs in 2008, the 7th Grade Initiative encourages teens to maintain and/or adopt healthy lifestyles at an age when they are beginning to make their own choice regarding health and wellness. The Princeton Family YMCA offers rising seventh graders a free YMCA membership as part of the 7th Grade Initiative. A membership includes access to the YMCA including a pool, gymnasium, wellness center featuring cardio and strength equipment, and group exercise classes designed just for youth.

Latinos en Progreso 

Is a partnership between the Princeton Family YMCA and Princeton Public Schools to provide activities and opportunities for Latino youth, ages 11 to 18, and their family members. The group focuses on developing personal goals, finding support from one another, learning about leading healthy lifestyles, and connecting more to the school and the larger community.

Y Scholars

Is an extracurricular, educational, and team mentoring program that supports underrepresented youth in 5th - 12th grades. It features leadership training, career exploration, character and values development, service learning opportunities, and support for the college application process. For more information of specific dates and membership information, please call the number below.


For all Princeton Family YMCA Programs, please refer to the information provided below:

59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, STE 1, NJ 08540

Phone: (609) 497-9622



United Way of Greater Mercer County 

Promotes community development through education, access to healthcare, and financial stability. Their education programs offer reading readiness, child literacy improvement, youth development, and teen enrichment. United Way of Greater Mercer County also offers income tax assistance, FAFSA help, credit counseling, debt management, and budgeting education. Services are provided to all Mercer County residents.

3150 Brunswick Pike, STE 230, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Phone: (609) 896-1912



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