Teens (Middle & High School)

From adventurous field trips and summer camps to community service, you'll find a way to connect with other teens here at the J.  And don't forget year-round programs to have fun on your days off, prepare for College Admissions, and even improve your self defense skills. There are a lot of ways to get involved as a teen at the JCC. The JCC offers a chance for teens to hang out, socialize, and get to know each other better in a safe and inviting location.  There’s something for everyone - so CONNECT WITH US!

Enrichment Programs & Events

College Admissions 101: How To Write A College Essay 11th - 12th Graders & Family
Thursday, September 17 • 7-8PM
By the time college applications come out, your GPA and test scores are already determined so… is it too late to significantly improve your chances for admission? The answer is NO! College essays make a difference. Learn the style, strategies and how to determine your strongest topic for your best essay. If your essay is written in the style and content admissions officers are looking for, your essay will stand out, being significantly better than most! Coordinated by Ellen Martin. For more info, www.collegeadmissions101.org. 

College Admissions 101: What You Need To Know Before You Apply 10th - 11th Graders & Family
Sunday, November 8 • 2-3 PM 
Learn about the application process and get some insider tips about how to stand out. Coordinated by Ellen Martin. For more info, www.collegeadmissions101.org. 

Senior/Teen Collaborative Game Show Extravaganza
Saturday, October 24th at 7pm
Enjoy the excitement of a Game Show while making new friends. The Senior and Teen Departments will join forces for a fun filled evening through Zoom.

Babysitting Course 6th - 10th Grade
Sunday, November 1 • 9AM-4PM
Become certified in American Heart Association pediatric First Aid and CPR while also learning skills to be a great babysitter. You’ll build confidence by knowing you can help someone in need as well as yourself if you are home alone or babysitting. Bring a bag Kosher lunch. Register by October 28. .

Super Smash Bros Tournament 5th - 8th Grade
Saturday, November 14 • 6:30-9PM
Bring your friends, we will bring the fun! Professional Smash Bros rule set. DoubleElimination bracket. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Register by November 12.

Hanukkah Glow Dance Party 5th–8th Grade
Sunday, December 13 • 7-9PM
Dress in white, light up the night! Enjoy sufganiyot, menorah lighting, pizza, glow activities, Hanukkah games and lots of dancing! Register by December 9.


Mitzvah Program
Join other teens as we volunteer to do our part in Tikkun Olam, “healing the world.” We will collaborate with community service organizations and other Jewish Agencies to promote community engagement and build partnerships. Please check the Social Action webpage for details and events.

Making Centerpieces/Decorations for the Ronald McDonald House
Sunday, November 22 • 1-3 PM
M/$10 B/Free NM/$15 

Knotted Blankets/Pet Toys for the Humane Society Sunday
December 6 • 1-3PM
M/$10 B/Free NM/$15 Michelle Rusgo

Sports & Fitness

Empowering Youth through Boxing: 4th - 10th Grade

JHoops Middle School Academy: 6th–8th Grade
Academy will focus on teaching individual skills with an opportunity to apply them immediately to game situations. New skills will be taught each week, followed by full court games in which your child will get detailed instruction as well as individual attention.

Girls Volleyball: 4th–8th Grade
Learn to play this fun sport. Proper technique, skills, drills, and game play are covered in this non-competitive class.

Teen Fitness Center Orientation: 13–16 year olds
Successful completion of this orientation allows youth access to the David Silverman Fitness & Wellness Center. Introduces strength training and cardio equipment. Emphasis on proper equipment selection, form, breathing, fitness center rules, regulations and etiquette.

Teen Beginner CRUSH: 12–17 year olds
Teaches the fundamentals of play, including proper stroke mechanics, basic point play, basic rallying skills, and basic tennis conditioning. Designed for the player with limited playing experience.  Learn More

Junior CRUSH Tennis Academy: 11–18 year olds
Players must be approved by tennis staff to enroll in this class or be a part of our Quick Start or 18 and Under teams. Emphasis placed on point construction, rally skills, and basic tennis conditioning. Twice per week recommended for all competitive players. Learn More

Fencing Class: Students will be introduced to learning the skills of attacking and defending with either the foil, epee or sabre. Fencers develop good coordination, balance and flexibility which makes this training an ideal means of keeping fit for all ages and abilities. Click here for registration and monthly payment authorization form

JFORCE Youth: 5th - 10th Grade
JFORCE Youth is a non-sport specific clinic for youth in grades 5th - 10th.  The clinic is designed for the athlete or non-athlete, and consists of an overall fitness program designed to improve body strength and endurance, speed and agility. Learn More

Aquatics Classes & Lifeguard Training Courses

Year Round Swim Team
We are a community-wide recreational swim program offering a supportive and flexible approach to swim team. Learn More

American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes
Lifeguard Certification Classes (For New Lifeguards or past due recertifying)
Lifeguard Recertification Classes (for lifeguards currently certified, but about to expire)
Click here for info

Cultural Arts

Bellydance Level 1-4: Ages 14+
Beginner through advances class emphasizes technique and choreography. Soft shoes, comfortable dancewear and exercise mats needed.

Macabbi 2021

Calling all Jewish teens 13-16 years old! It is time for MACCABI 2021 and we want you to be a part of Team Carolina next summer!  This is your chance to represent your family, your JCC and our local cultural. For more information please email Stephanie.Garner@charlottejcc.org

Teen Summer Camp

Teen Camp consists of a 6th grade group and 7th/8th grade where both groups enjoy 2 days of “traditional” on-site activities including swimming, archery, and canteen; as well as fun activities just for teens including Improv, chocolate making, and Color War. Every Friday will be our community service day. Whether we are making sandwiches for the homeless or cleaning up in the community garden, Friday is our day to help the community. The other 2 days will be spent off-site traveling to all sorts of exciting places, such as the US National White Water Center, Carowinds, or Sports Connection.  Click here for more information Teen Camp.

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