Community House

Founded in 1969, the Community House program works with families to support underrepresented youth through innovative programming that focuses on providing tools for academic success and enhancing social-emotional literacy.  Community House’s core values of Bridging Communities, Demonstrating Integrity and Fostering Growth manifest in each of the program’s fifteen youth and family development projects, dynamic family focused events and holistic approach to youth development work.

Community House programs emphasize holistic youth development through tutor-mentorship, recognizing that every tutoring relationship is an opportunity for mentorship, and every mentoring relationship is an opportunity to promote academic success. Community House is firmly rooted in the local community and staff, student leaders and volunteers deeply value establishing meaningful and long-lasting relationships with the children and families of Princeton.

Community House joined the Pace Center for Civic Engagement in 2007 and resides on the third floor of the Carl A. Fields Center on Prospect Avenue in Princeton, NJ.

 

Are you a Princeton University Student looking to get involved? View our Opportunities Page to learn more about our work and how you can join Community House.

 

Are you a parent looking for more information about Community House? View our For Parents and Family Programming pages to learn more. 

 

Please take note of the Community House schedule:

Community House opens for Academic Year Programming on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Community House closes for Academic Year Programming on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Community House is closed on the following dates:  October 30 - November 2, 2017; November 22 - 24, 2017; December 18, 2017 - January 5, 2018; and March 19 - 23, 2018.

 

Opportunities

Academic Success Today

Academic Success Today seeks to foster strong interpersonal relationships between Princeton students and their mentees, through tutoring, relationship-building, and academic guidance. Academic Success Today is built on 1-on-1 mentoring relationships between Princeton students and under-served John Witherspoon Middle School students from the underserved community. Princeton students enter a mentor-mentee relationship for the school year, though they are encouraged to continue with their mentee throughout their undergraduate career.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization that serves children in your area. When you become a Big, you become a friend and mentor--the focus is on the relationship. You can meet whenever is convenient for you and your Little and you can do anything together from going to the park to play sports to going to Princeton Public Library to read books.

Black Organization for Leadership Development (B.O.L.D)

The Black Organization for Leadership Development program seeks to support high-achieving black youth through workshops and events designed to provide leadership development skills that will help enhance their high school experience and prepare them for college.  

Community House After School Academy

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 (Community House After School Enrichment) 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. We aim to provide students with a solid academic and social foundation to achieve their own goals and to be a support system outside of school.

Community House Big Sibs

Community House Big Sibs is a mentorship project connecting Princeton University students with elementary students from the Princeton Public Schools. Mentors build long-term relationships with individual students and help foster academic, social and emotional growth.

Community House Preschool Program

The Preschool Program addresses early childhood literacy by helping preschoolers with school-readiness skills in preparation for kindergarten.

Community House Princeton Engineering Education for Kids

Through PEEK, undergraduate students visit elementary school classrooms and teach children basic principles of engineering using LEGO robotics kits.

Community House SAT Prep

During the SAT Prep Program volunteers teach Math and English sessions twice a week and also provide one-on-one tutoring to help high school students develop standardized test-taking skills.

Community House STEAM Summer Camp

STEAM 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.

Community Link

Partnering with Latinos en Progreso of Princeton Public Schools, this mentorship initiative connects Princeton University students with youth participants in the Latinos en Progreso afterschool program hosted at the Panell Learning Center.

Community Walk

Community walk is a community building project aimed at empowering University students to discover and share the greater Princeton community’s rich history.

Crossings

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

Generation One

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

Generation Speak

Generation Speak is a student group dedicated to building meaningful, consistent relationships between Princeton student volunteers, area youth and senior residents living independently at the Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House facilities of Princeton Community Housing.

Health In Princeton Schools

Health in Princeton Schools (HIPS) is a Pace Center weekly volunteer project that seeks to increase health awareness in local elementary schools by recruiting Princeton University undergraduates to serve as young, relatable role models and mentors.
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