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Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City to Bring National Crime Prevention Council Course to Atlantic City High School

Club Mentors will offer the ‘Teens & Community’ Program to high school students during the school day.

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Atlantic City High School (ACHS) will welcome the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City (BGCAC) for community safety programs, beginning November 9th.

The Club is a 21st Century Learning Center, with funding from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), to provide out-of-school-time programming.

As the organization works to serve youth holistically and in partnership with ACHS, it will introduce, Teens & Community, a curriculum from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) which will be facilitated by the Club’s Teen Center staff, including its Director of Behavioral Health and Director of Workforce Development. The Club’s Teen Director, Atlantic City native Tracy Parker, stated, “It’s time to talk to our youth about social responsibility. As a community, let’s be a part of the solution – not the problem.”

Teens & Community will be held during lunch periods. The 21 Century Learning Center program will educate students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens, their ability to bring about meaningful
change, and effective ways to demonstrate advocacy and service within their communities.

Core lessons teach students how to examine violence and law-related issues in the context of their schools and communities and apply what they learn to real-life circumstances. Important topics such as underage drinking, handguns and violence, substance abuse, and dating violence will be discussed.

On September 20th, the Atlantic City Board of Education voted to approve the Teens and Community program to be offered at the High School. Constance Days-Chapman, Principal of ACHS, shared that she is
“elated for the opportunity to offer this worthwhile course to high school students in Atlantic City. Our partnership with the BGCAC Teen Center is an asset to the community and to the growth of our students.”

Stephanie Koch, CEO of the BGCAC shared, “This is another example of partners working together in Atlantic City, in service, for our next generation of leaders. Our youth are our greatest resource and
working together to support their growth and development will ensure that Atlantic City’s future is bright.”

The BGCAC provides resources for the development of youth and their families, from all backgrounds, to realize their full potential. BGCAC serves as the beacon of hope for Atlantic City residents and serves as the
scaffolding for families to climb, ensuring and empowering our Club Kids to engage the world with a greater purpose through exploration and opportunity.

For more information on the National Crime Prevention
Council, visit

To learn more about the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, please visit or email