Youth - Enrichment Classes

Our youth enrichment classes are a terrific way to allow your child to explore their special interests , develop their talents, and have fun in a clean and safe environment!  We offer a variety of classes including chess, robotics and art,  Learn about our exciting opportunities below.

Metuchen YMCA

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Academic Enrichment w/Miss Lisa
  • Literacy Workshop

    This is a 9 week session
    Literacy Workshop 1 is the continuation of The Primary Phonics Program that was used in Reading Explorers K. Series 3, 4 and 5 (25 Primers and 6 workbooks) of The Primary Phonics series will be completed giving each student a solid mastery of the English Language. Blends of diagraphs, diphthongs and rule breakers will be grouped into subsets and be studied with the use of reading primers, phonics workbooks and comprehension exercises. Students will also master reading aloud with confidence! A three week review of printing, vowels and their sounds and patterns and punctuation will be reviewed in the first three weeks of the program

Arts and Crafts
Art classes help youth to build confidence and learn to express themselves! Our mixed-media classes will allow children to work with different mediums such as paint, clay, chalk, mosaics and more. Materials will vary week by week, based on various projects and themes.
  • Arts and Crafts Studio

    Come get crafty with us!  Using a variety of materials and mediums, participants will be encouraged to express themselves and explore their creative side through arts and crafts. Each week students will work on a fun, new project to take home.

Virtual Chess (Ages 5-12 years)
Professionally trained instructor, Fred, Ivens, joins us to share his passion and knowledge teaching the game of chess to our youth. Having studied with the United States Chess Federation, Mr. Ivens guides young people in learning the basic moves and strategies of chess, while motivating them to advance to a higher level of creative problem solving through lectures, written puzzles and friendly games.
  • Beginner Chess (Ages 5-8 years)

  • Advanced Chess (Ages 9-12 years)

College Readiness
  • College Readiness Course

    Lets get ready together! 
    This 4 week course for high school students that gives them the help they need to prepare for college

    Course includes:
    Interview prep, application and essay review, resume building, mindfulness tips and more!

Together we will build, create and learn mathematical /engineering based ideas about the core concepts in robotics. Our project-design process utilizes the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future, through the use of motors, sensors, the EV3 programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements and a remote control.


  • Lego Mindstorms Robotics

Edison YMCA

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Arts and Crafts (Ages 5-12 years)
Explore your creativity and create some art! This enrichment will allow students to try different mediums in art, such as painting, drawing, and other forms of expression! Students can pick up materials prior to class at the Edison YMCA. 
  • Imaginative Art (Ages 5-8 years)

  • Imaginative Art (Ages 9-12)

Master Moves to Checkmate Chess (Ages 6-12 years)
This is a beginner chess class. All students will be able to practice and learn strategies. 
  • Chess (Ages 6-12 years)

Private Guitar (Ages 7-14)
Participants will learn the basics of how to play the guitar.  The different parts of the guitar, how to hold, strum, and form notes.  Focus is on rhythm, chord progression, and performance.  These topics are taught at a pace that works best for your child.
Participants will need to supply their own guitars. Please come with proper instruments, no plastic guitars or toys. Please contact for a list of appropriate guitar brands.

1 Hour $40 
 4 Hours  $140
 8 Hours  $260
 8 Half Hours  $180
 16 Half Hours  $320

  • Beginner Guitar (Ages 7-14)

  • Intermediate Guitar (Ages 7-14)

Strategy & Trading Card Games (Ages 10-16)
  • Magic the Gathering Card Game

    Children will learn to build their own decks and use them to learn the basics of the card game.  This card game involves casting spells, using artifacts, and summoning creatures to defeat their opponents.
Scratch Video Game Coding (Ages 5-16)
Children will learn mathematical and computational ideas that are built into the Scratch experience. As students create programs in Scratch, they learn core computational concepts such as iteration and conditionals. They also gain an understanding of important mathematical concepts such as coordinates, variables, and random numbers. This project-design process combines many of the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, collaborating effectively, designing interactively, learning continuously.

Level 1 (Ages 5-8): 9:00AM-9:45AM

Level 2 (Ages 8-16): 10:00AM-10:45AM
  • Scratch (Ages 5-16)

South Amboy YMCA

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Enrichment classes coming soon...

Please check back soon to see our youth enrichment programs!