Corner House Programs

View contact information about the programs available at Corner House.

Academic Success Today (AST) Program

Is a year-round program that provides Princeton middle school students with academic support and guidance. The program matches at-risk students at John Witherspoon Middle School, with mentors who are volunteers from Princeton University and the Princeton community. The positive relationship between the student and the mentor is the basis for this program. They meet weekly and go on outings such as: Meet Your Mentor event, Camp Night, and an award ceremony at the end of the year. In the summer, students can participate in the following camps: Princeton University's sports camps, ID Tech Camps, and the Princeton Recreation Department Camp.

Advocacy for Youth Program (AYP)

Is a weekly program for male and female students in 9th and 10th grade. The primary purpose is to help students have a smooth and successful academic and social transition into high school. Weekly meetings focus on setting and achieving individual goals, developing life skills, advocating for one's self, and improving study skills. Tutoring assistance is provided. The program also aims to increase the students' involvement in the community through participation in community service opportunities and employment options.

Corner House Student Board (CHSB)

Is a board of high schools seniors representing all four Princeton private and public schools; Princeton Day School, Princeton High School, the Hun School, and Stuart Country Day School. The board brings a student's perspective to all agency activities and programs. Corner House Student Board members serve on selected Municipal Boards to provide a student perspective.

Growing Up Accepted as an Individual in America (GAIA I and II)

Is a program of high schools students in the public and private schools in Princeton aimed at stopping hate, promoting peace, combating bullying, and learning acceptance of others. All GAIA I members are juniors in high school who provide workshops on inclusion, bullying and diversity to 2nd grade students in the Princeton Public Schools. GAIA II students, who are juniors and seniors in high school, create skits to perform for middle school students about diversity and acceptance of others.

Peer to Peer

Is a program aimed at reducing the incidents of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use among middle school students. Selected students in 8th grade are trained by Corner House and John Witherspoon staff to conduct substance abuse prevention, leadership, inclusion, and bullying workshops for the students in the 7th grade health classes.

Princeton Youth Program (PYP)

Is a program for 11th and 12 grade male students who attend Princeton High School. The goal of PYP is to help students transition successfully out of high school and into the next phase of their lives by exploring their interests, career, and educational options. We emphasize personal, social and academic growth. PYP meets weekly as a group, and students also meet for individual check-in sessions with the program facilitation. Students take a career assessment at the beginning of the academic year to help clarify their strengths and interests. Free tutoring and SAT preparation sessions are offered.

Super Teens Acting Responsibly (STAR)

Is a weekly chat group at John Witherspoon Middle School that provides girls in 6th through 8th grade an opportunity to openly discuss topics that are important and unique to them. Topics include, but are not limited to: conflict resolution, peer pressure, social media, stress management, self-esteem, gossip, familial and peer relationships, substance use/abuse, etc. Each STAR group meets once weekly during the student's lunch period.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Is a peer leadership program comprised of 22 high schools juniors representing the public and private schools in Princeton. The students meet weekly with a trained program facilitator for educational sessions. They create presentations for middle and high school students on the risks and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, abuse, and addiction.

World of Work for Youth (WOWY)

Is a weekly program for females in 11th and 12th grade. The primary focus is to assist students in identifying their post-high school plans through career exposure, higher education exploration, and developing the life skills necessary to successfully achieve their goals. Through weekly meetings, guest speakers, college campus visits, workshops, employment, community service, and one on one sessions held with the coordinator, students will gain an understanding of the connection between educational achievement and future success. Students receive academic support through free tutoring and individual SAT preparation sessions. Students will also participate in community service and employment opportunities.