The Germantown Neighborhood Center offers several programs to keep teens involved in positive activities. We aim to keep the teens coming to our programs where they are surrounded by peers and good role models. They engage themselves in recreational activities as well as volunteer opportunities where they learn valuable leadership skills. Some of the ways we aim to keep teens involved are:
During the school year we offer a Teen Night program one night a week. The goal of this program is to offer teens a fun and safe environment where they can be around other teens that are active in group activities. The teens participate in neighborhood scavenger hunts, sports games, board games, outdoor activities, dance competitions, and much more.
The open night basketball program is open to youth of all ages who like to be active, and play basketball. Participants work with staff to learn the rules of the game, run drills, and enjoy the game. The youth form leagues and create their own teams to compete at the end of the program in a Championship Game! The basketball program is offered two evenings a week in the summer.
One of the best ways to engage teens and to turn them into productive members of society is through employment. Throughout the course of the summer and school vacation weeks, we employ approximately 30 teens to work with the younger children. Most of the teens we employ were once campers here themselves!
As part of our camps every summer, we offer teens the opportunity to volunteer and stay involved in all of the great activities going on. Our peer leader program is for youth going into Grades 6-9. Teens between the ages 15-17 can also fill out volunteer packets and be part of our summer volunteer group. We train youth to be able to assist our camp counselors with activities such as arts, games, swimming, water fun, sports, cooking, and dance. They can stay in groups of their peers or gain leadership skills by helping our camp staff plan activities for the younger camp groups. Most of our teens become a big part of the GNC family and return year after year, eventually becoming part of our staff.
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