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9 Empowering Programs For Teen Girls In Hudson County

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Being a kid is tough. Being a teen girl in this social-media driven world? Extra rough. However, you can give your daughter, cousin, sister, or any young teen girl in your life a positive way to spend their time with encouraging, insightful, and empowering classes. Classes that build confidence and will keep them on track for a happy, healthy, and successful life. And it just so happens that Hudson County {+ a bit beyond} offers a variety of classes and programs for every type of girl. Here are nine classes and programs in Hudson County that will help teen girls learn, grown, and develop in a positive light. 


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{PS: This adorable photo is from Asana Soul Practice, who hosted a program just for girls ages 9-12. The special tween yoga class focused on de-stressing and building confidence — girls are introduced to vinyasa flow. It’s the perfect way to bond with other girls in a non-competitive atmosphere. Learn more about Asana Soul Practice here.}

1. Coditum {720 Monroe Street}

For the STEM lover and future web developer, Coditum offers top-notch coding classes for young adults {and you too!} ages 8-17. The curriculum has been in the works for 16 years, so you know you’re getting detailed, expert teachers that will give girls the resources and knowledge they need to be a computer star. There are two different courses available, but they recommend the Python track for kids not yet in high school. After they’ve mastered that class, they can move on to learning Java. They also offer summer classes, so make sure to check them out for a summer camp alternative.

2. Speak Mentorship {Newark}

Speak {Support, Prepare, Empower Aspiring Kids} is a leadership group that connects professional women with young girls in high school and college to guide them through their future career path. The program’s mission is to support immigrants and first-generation Americans making the scary jump from high school to college. You can apply to be a mentor on the website and a high school student will then be matched with four possible mentors. Don’t want to participate in the mentor program? They also put on a speaker series with activists, scientists, and professionals who were once in their position. {And yes, we realize this is in Essex but felt necessary to share!}

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3. Cook Ease Catering Classes {NJ/NY}

If you’ve got a future Food Network star on your hands, give them the gift of culinary knowledge with classes from Cook Ease Catering. The classes are started by the founder, Chef Marla Mendelsohn, who has been a chef, caterer and food consultant at various places including King Supermarkets. She offers personalized children’s classes and teen group classes so they can learn the ABCs of cooking in a comfortable environment with people their age. Most importantly, they’ll learn easy dishes the can make for themselves, or even family, so you can get a hand in the kitchen!

4. Hoboken Police Department Junior Police Academy {106 Hudson Street}

While this is a summer-only program, it’s one worth the wait. It’s hosted at the Steven’s Institute and is open to Hoboken residents ages 12 to 15. Only 20 students will be selected via a lottery, so chances aren’t high that they’ll get in, but there’s always another year to try again. During the program, members of the Hoboken Police Department will demonstrate and present aspects of law enforcement. Email [email protected] for more info.

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5. New City Kids {Jersey City}

For the caregiver, New City Kids will give your loving and attentive teen a way to give back and help take care of children at its after-care school program and summer camps. More than 100 teens are trained to lead kids at these programs, which provide educational resources for kids. The Teen Life Internship is a year-long, paid program that will teach teens the fundamentals of being a leader in the classroom.

6. Mavery Designs {720 Monroe Street}

Fashionista on your hands? Give her the skill of sewing with special classes just for her at Mavery Designs in the Monroe Center {720 Monroe}. From sewing parties to to design classes for kids, and summer camp, there are plenty of ways to get your future Project Runway star’s capsule collection underway.

7. The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology {98 Brett Road}

This summer program is designed to show middle school and high school girls the possibilities they have in engineering careers. TARGET hosts six-week programs that feature hands-on activities, group challenges, speakers, and more. Here’s to more future women engineers!

8. Gravity Vault {1423 Clinton Street}

The teen who’s not afraid of heights will love climbing inside to their heart’s desire here. If traditional sports aren’t there thing, Gravity Vault offers classes based on age and skill level complete with building exercises. The kids classes are designed for ages 5-13 to learn basic rock climbing skills in a 1.5 hours class. BONUS: they offer unique classes just for Girl Scouts and Daises {Cub Scouts too}.

9. Girls Who Code {Hoboken + Jersey City}

Join the coding movement! Girls Who Code is hosting a free 7-week summer program at various locations in Hoboken and Jersey City. These programs are targeted to girls in 10th and 11th grades, who will learn important computer science skills to help them get ahead in their future careers. You must apply here first.


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