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NJ Recreation, Activities, Things to Do for Teens in NJ

Area Ys, JCCs and community Recreation Departments frequently offer teen space, exclusive activities for teens and teen nights featuring sports, games, music or other recreation and special events. Contact your local Y, JCC or Rec Department for information and see website links under Recreation Facilities.

In addition to the teen activities below, see listings under Sports and Enrichment categories.

Leaders Development Programs
Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700. Program for teens focus on fun while developing skills and confidence to become future leaders. Programs include Leaders Club, Youth & Government, Model UN, Debate, Teen Nights, Trips and Achievers (in partnership with the Fanwood/Scotch Plains and Plainfield YMCA for minority youth).

Leaders Club Y Service Corps
Grades 6-12 have an opportunity to develop leadership skills through participation in meetings, social events and community service projects.
Madison Area YMCA,
  111 Kings Rd., Madison, 973-822-YMCA.
Summit Area YMCA
67 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-3330.
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
  1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, 908-889-8880. .  
Metro YMCAs of the Oranges
  East Orange YMCA Teen Center, 973-673-5588.
  South Mountain YMCA, 973-762-4145.
  Sussex County YMCA, 973-209-9622.
  Wayne YMCA, 973-595-0100.
  West Essex YMCA, 973-992-7500.
The Westfield Area YMCA
  220 Clark St., 422 E. Broad St., Westfield, 908-233-2700.

Model United Nations
High school teens act as representatives from international countries and prepare for annual debate in Hershey, PA, with over 600 other students. Program runs Sept.-Jan.
Summit Area YMCA
  67 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-3330. Open to all area students.
Westfield Area YMCA
  220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700. Open to Westfield and Cranford students.

Westfield Area Y 7th Grade Initiative
220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700. Seventh graders in Cranford, Garwood, Mountainside and Westfield are offered a complimentary membership and specialized programming for the duration of the school year in an effort to instill healthy exercise and diet habits that will last a lifetime.