School Based Programs

21st Century & Positive Impact

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) – Positive Impact Program is a federally funded after school program operated by CHSofNJ in collaboration with Trenton Public Schools. The program operates everyday that school is in full session, is free of charge and welcomes students to enroll regardless of their level of academic ability, English proficiency or behavioral needs at two Trenton public school sites: Grace A. Dunn Middle School and Joyce Kilmer Middle School.

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CHSofNJ is excited to welcome our newest program, Kidsbridge! The mission of Kidsbridge is to provide young people with a foundation to grow as empathetic individuals who become positive advocates for themselves and others, empowering them to challenge racism, bias, bullying, and other forms of discrimination.

Kidsbridge services:
Aspire (Grades 7 – 8) – A program designed to motivate youth to become their best self to overcome the daily obstacles they face inside and outside of the home
Zen Den (Grades 3 & 4) – An arts centered program designed to introduce youth to basic SEL language & self-regulating techniques, preparing them for Kidsbridge 5th & 6th grade curriculum.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids – (Grades 5 & 6) – A well-rounded SEL program that teaches youth various ways to self-regulate, in addition to recognizing and appropriately responding to instances of discrimination such as racism, bias, bullying, and more.

Kidsbridge In-School Services – (Grades K – 8) Multi-session SEL curriculum designed with your input for the various challenges youth face in your classroom, school district, and/or summer camp.

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Through the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Mentors Youth Development Program, 20 Trenton High School students mentor students from Joyce Kilmer Middle School and Grace A. Dunn Middle School who attend after-school programs in STEAM and enrichment projects. CHSofNJ matches each STEAM Student Mentor with two middle school students for mentoring each semester. The 20 high school students support and advise 60 middle school students during the school year.

 Their main focus of achievement in this program has three goals:

1.      To introduce students to STEAM activities — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics;

2.      To expose students to professionals, careers and colleges in STEAM;

3.      To increase student interest and identity related to STEAM.

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Jacques d’Amboise, legendary New York City Ballet dancer, founded National Dance Institute in 1976 in the belief that arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them towards excellence. NDI has become one of the nation’s most prestigious arts-in-education organizations. The goal of the program is not to train professional dancers but to teach young people that through hard work, rigor, discipline and joy, children can overcome personal challenges and discover their greatest potential.

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