Past programming offerings for Middle School Mondays

Rap 101 – Rap 101 is an introductory workshop series at the Brookline Teen Center where aspiring em cee’s will learn what it takes to write, record, and perform an original song. Through immersive writing exercises and exposure to music fundamentals lead by experienced BTC music staff, students will collaborate on their songs with teen musicians who will provide original hip hop production.  Open to 7th and 8th graders, Rap 101 runs on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00, from March 21st to May 16th, with a final performance on Monday, May 21st.  For more information click here or email Wes at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Collaborative Mural Project – We are looking for middle schoolers to join our youth leader, Ivan, in constructing a collaborative jigsaw mural. Participants will learn about the impact that collaborative art making can have, color theory, and it will serve as a way for the students to build a team and a sense of community. Classes run on Mondays from February 12th through March 26th from 3:30-5:00PM. There is no class on February 19th. There is no cost to participate in this program. To register, contact George via email at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Ukulele 101 – The Brookline Teen Center Music Studio will be offering an 8 week course on ukulele basics. Students will learn the fundamentals of ukulele including chords, song form, and how to play in an ensemble. This 8 week series will culminate in a mini concert showcasing teamwork and acquired skills. Ukuleles will be provided for workshop sessions. All levels of experience are welcome. This program runs from March 19th through May 14th and is free for BTC members. Email Wes at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org for more info or to sign up.

 
 
Aspiring teen poets: Brookline’s Poet Laureate, Zvi Sesling, is available to work with middle and high school students who want to learn more about poetry.  Email George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org to learn more or to set up a meeting with Zvi.
 

Brookline Music Program: Does your child play an instrument that he/she is passionate about? Does your child want to connect with high school musician-mentors to benefit their music career at Brookline High School? Does your child want to pick up a brand new instrument and get free lessons? Does your child want to become an advanced musician in an instrument that they already play?

If any or all of the above is true, sign your child up for the Brookline Music Program! The BMP is a program organized by teens, for teens! The BMP pairs Brookline middle school musicians with high school musicians for FREE and engaging lessons. By signing up for BMP, not only will your child learn and grow musically, he/she will also foster a relationship with a high school mentor who can guide him/her through the BHS music opportunities and high school in general. In addition, he/she will also get an opportunity to meet other passionate musicians throughout Brookline.
Click on the link below to learn more about the BMP and how to register your child to participate:
For any questions or concerns, please contact: brooklinemusicprogram@gmail.com

 

Quiz Bowl: Quiz Bowl is coming to BTC middle schoolers, led by members of the BHS Quiz Bowl team! Quiz Bowl is an activity that combines academics, trivia, competition, and fun! During 6-week sessions, students will answer long and short questions using practice packets (like this one), learn about all sorts of subjects (science, history, literature, math, pop culture, and more) by researching and memorizing, and gain a love for knowledge.  Participants will learn the Quiz Bowl format which includes individual questions with buzzers and group questions. The BHS Quiz Bowl team hopes to host its annual Rookie Tournament again this spring which students who have completed a six week session may be eligible to compete in.  More info to come on the potential tournament.

  • Quiz Bowl runs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 in the BTC Yoga Studio. 
  • Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  No prior experience is necessary.
  • Quiz Bowl will be broken up into 6 week sessions.  Students can sign up for more than one session.
    • Session 1: 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
    • Session 2: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
    • Session 3: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
    • Session 4: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23
    • Session 5: 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11
  • There is no cost to participate in this program, but we ask that students make every effort to attend all six weeks of the session they sign up for.
  • Up to 8 students can participate in each section.
  • To register your child for a session click here.
  • If you have questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Young Makers Program – Spring Session – Tier 1: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm Thursday nights. This introductory engineering class gives students a taste of engineering and the engineering process. Students will get experience in areas such as structural design, circuit design, 3D modeling and programming. The class is designed to keep students focused on what they are passionate about, while giving them the technical ability they need to thrive.  Your middle school student must be a member at the BTC in order to sign up for classes online.  This class is full.

  • Classes run on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start on April 5th.  Class dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24.  There is no class the week of April vacation (4/19).
  • Class is capped at 10 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • This class is full. 
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Young Makers Program – Spring Session – Alternative Tier 1 class: This class is essentially three unique classes meeting concurrently, with high school mentors assigned to each discipline. Each of the three classes focus on a specialized area: coding, 3D modeling and remote control cars. The coding group will focus on physical programming, using the micro-controller Arduino to learn how code from their computer to turn on lights, drive mini-cars, avoid walls, measure temperature and more (coding section is full). The 3D modeling team will learn how an image in your head can become a physical reality in a matter of hours by understanding the entire 3D printing process. The group will design models in Solidworks, slice them in Simplify3D and print using our ROBO, Prusa and Flashforge 3D printers (3D printing section is full). The remote control group will be an expedition into the engineering design process and rapid prototyping focused on remote control cars. Students will design, develop and construct their own RC cars using our CAD software and 3D printers, as well as acquire skills from 3D modeling to soldering to aerodynamic design (remote control cars section is full).  No prior knowledge is necessary to participate in the class. Your middle school student must be a member at the BTC in order to sign up for classes online.  Click here to register your child as a member.

  • Classes run on Mondays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start on April 9th.  Class dates: 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21.  There is no class the week of April vacation (4/16).
  • Each discipline is capped at 3-4 students (10 students total in the class).
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • To register, or if you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.  When registering, please include which discipline your child wants to do (coding, 3d printing, remote control cars.) (3D printing section is full) (remote control cars section is full) (coding section is full)

 

The Brookline Jazz Project: The Brookline Jazz Project is a teen driven, eight week jazz immersion program for aspiring 7th and 8th grade jazz musicians interested in getting playing experience outside of the classroom and learning core jazz concepts. Lead by a trio of experienced high school jazz musicians, the Brookline Jazz Project will introduce its students to swing, blues, chord changes, and improvisation, as well as listening skills and jazz appreciation. Teen teachers will create a fun and safe jam space where students can experiment with new musical ideas and expand their playing vocabulary. This workshop is great for students already participating in Brookline music programming such as the Townwide Jazz Band, as well as students with some instrumental experience looking to get experience with jazz for the first time. The Brookline Jazz Project will culminate in a recording session on May 24th. The Brookline Jazz Project will meet on Thursdays at Brookline Teen Center from 3:30-4:30 from April 5th to May 24th (with a break on April 19th during April Vacation).  For more information, or to register, click here.

 

Bike Repair 101 – Want to learn how to change a flat tire, or patch a tube?  What do you do if your brakes are rubbing on your tire or the chain falls off your bike?  Come to the Brookline Teen Center Makerspace to learn bike repair basics from a Brookline High School student mechanic.  Participants will learn how to use different bike tools, and develop the skills necessary to make basic bike repairs (flat fixing, hub repairs, tuning).  Students with financial need are eligible to receive a free bike, lock, and helmet at the conclusion of class.  This class is full.

  • This class meets for 4 Mondays from 3:30-4:30PM in the BTC Makerspace, beginning April 30th and ending May 21st (4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21).
  • Class is capped at 8 students, and open to BTC members in grades 6-8.
  • There is no fee for this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • This class is full.  If you have questions please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Chess:  The Brookline High School Chess Club will be coming to the Brookline Teen Center on Mondays from 5:00-7:00PM to offer informal lessons and organize games and tournaments for middle schoolers.  Whether your child is brand new to chess or has been playing for years, this is a great opportunity to build some skills, make friends, and learn more about chess at BHS.  This program starts on Monday, April 2nd and will run through the end of the school year.  There is no cost to participate, but middle schoolers need to be a member of the BTC.  Students don’t need to register ahead of time, they can just come in on the weeks that work for them.  If you have any questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Dance Class: The B.E.A.T.S (Brookline Educational Arts Troupes) are bringing contemporary/hip hop dance classes to the teen center! The B.E.A.T.S provide a positive environment for students to learn dance pieces, explore their creative voices and connect with other members of the community. The B.E.A.T.S classes are led by advanced-level Brookline High School students. The B.E.A.T.S  prepare middle school students to participate in the 22 performing arts classes and performance opportunities at Brookline High School.

  • Classes run on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30PM.
  • There are four classes in this series: May 9, 16, 23, and 30.
  • Open to Brookline 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
  • There is no cost for this program, but students must be a BTC member to participate.  To register or if you have questions, please email George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • This class is limited to 10 students, so sign up early.

 

Ukulele 101 – This November on Middle School Mondays, the Brookline Teen Center Music Studio will be offering a 6 week course on ukulele basics. Students will learn the fundamentals of ukulele including chords, song form, and how to play in an ensemble. This 6 week series will culminate in a mini concert showcasing teamwork and acquired skills. Ukuleles will be provided for workshop sessions. All levels of experience are welcome. This program runs from November 6th through December 11th, with a performance on Dec 18th and is free for BTC members.  Email Music Specialist, Wes Kaplan (wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org), for more information or to sign up.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Fall Session- Tier 2 : Brookline Engineering Project Tier 2 will build off of the skills learned in the first class.  The class will be student driven and project oriented.  The curriculum will be loose and largely based around students’ individual and group interests.  Students will select and work on a few projects of their choice throughout the session.

  • Classes will run for 8 weeks on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00PM beginning on October 18th and running through December 13th.  There will be no class on Wednesday, November 22nd. 
  • There is no cost to participate in this class.
  • This class is limited to 10 students.
  • Students must have participated in the Tier 1 Brookline Engineering Project in order to take this class.  To register, click here.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Fall Session – Young Makers Program – Tier 1: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm on Monday or Thursday nights. This introductory engineering class gives students a taste of engineering and the engineering process. Students will get experience in areas such as structural design, circuit design, 3D modeling and programming. The class is designed to keep students focused on what they are passionate about, while giving them the technical ability they need to thrive.

  • There are two sections of this class.  One section runs on Mondays from 6:00-7:00PM and the other section is on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00PM.  Classes start the week of  October 23rd.  Monday dates: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4.  Thursday dates: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14.
  • Class is capped at 10 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • To register, click here.  Make sure to select the day that you want (scroll down to select the Thursday class).  CLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.
  • If you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Girls LEAP Self-Defense Program: This program, run by Girls LEAP, empowers girls and young women through an integration of self-reflective and physical self-defense skills.  Self-Reflective skills include topics such as conflict resolution, setting boundaries, courage, advocacy and healthy relationships. Physical Self-Defense skills focus on girl-specific physical safety through self-defense techniques.

  • Class runs on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 5:15 PM.
  • Class runs for 10 weeks from October 11th through December 20th.  There is no class on 11/22.
  • Class is capped at 20 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls who are members of the BTC.
  • There is no cost for this class, but participants must be a member of the BTC.  To register, click hereCLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Middle School Movie Makers: The Brookline Interactive Group is coming to the BTC on Tuesdays to run Middle School Movie Makers.  (From the BIG website) This class, which is specifically for middle schoolers (grades 6-8), will teach students the fundamental elements of filmmaking by providing them the opportunity to script, film, and edit their own short movie. In project-based teams, students will learn to develop a storyboard, plan their set and costumes, and use iPads, studio equipment and green screen to create their films. With iMovie software, they will edit their own version of the movie with their original concepts, music and graphics.

  • Class runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30PM.
  • The class is 8 weeks long and runs from October 3rd through November 21st.
  • There is a $100 fee to take this class.  To register through BIG, click here.

 

Think, Make, Print: Introduction to 3D Printing: This class is designed to teach students the basics principles and mechanics behind operating a 3D printer safely and confidently. This course covers the key elements for understanding how a 3D Printer works, types of materials to print, how to access 3D printing files, and how to get files ready for printing. Students will also learn some basic methods for 3D modeling. This class is intended to generate excitement and enthusiasm for students interested in learning more about 3D Printers, and ready them for higher tier courses which place more emphasis on learning to 3D model. The class is taught by Brookline Teen Center’s Makerspace Youth Leader, Noah Lewkowitz.

  • This class runs for 5 Tuesdays  from 6:30pm – 7:30pm beginning October 10th and ending on November 14th.  There is no class on 10/31 (Halloween).
  • This class is for 6th-8th grade students, and is capped at 5 students.
  • There is no fee for this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • To register, click hereCLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.

 

Archery: This fall, On the Mark Archery, is coming to the BTC to teach archery to middle school students.  Join the program that has everyone raving about one of the world’s most exciting sports: recurve archery. Patience, focus and discipline are the only things needed to find success and achieve consistent shot groups. Our unique lesson plans engage students in unique challenges each class while balancing out individualized attention and feedback.

  • Archery runs on 4 Mondays (10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20) from 7:00 – 8:00PM in the BTC gym.
  • This class is open to 6th-8th grade members of the BTC.
  • There is a $96 fee to participate in this class.  To register, click here.
  • There needs to be a minimum of 10 students to run this class.  We will let you know prior to the start of the class if we were able to fill the class.

 

Design, Code, Play – Introduction to coding: Ever wanted to design your very own video game? It’s easier than you think! This class will introduce students to a beginner coding language which uses stacks of colored blocks to create complex code. This method allows students to easily learn the basic concepts behind coding rather than focusing on tedious syntax. Students will plan, design, and create their very own video games, which they will be able to play and share with friends. The class is taught by Brookline Teen Center’s Makerspace Youth Leader, Noah Lewkowitz.

  • This class meets for 4 Saturdays from 3:00-4:00PM in the BTC Makerspace, beginning October 14th and ending November 4th (10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4)
  • Class is open to BTC members in grades 6-8.
  • The class is capped at 5 students.
  • There is no fee for this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • To register, click hereCLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Spring Session: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm on Monday nights. The class will be focused on introduction to computer science, using Python, and introduction to physical computing, using Arduino and other microcontrollers. As well as the regular class, there will be engineering challenges and hackathons for middle school students and a makerspace that will be available to students needing supplies and assistance on their individual projects.

  • Class runs from 6:00 – 7:00 PM for 9 Mondays from March 27th through June 5th.  There will be no classes on 4/17 or 5/29.
  • Class is capped at 12 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project: Tier 2 – Spring Session: Brookline Engineering Project Tier 2 will build off of the skills learned in the first class.  The class will be student driven and project oriented.  The curriculum will be loose and largely based around students’ individual and group interests.  Students will select and work on a few projects of their choice throughout the session.

  • Classes will run on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00PM beginning on March 30th and running through May 25th.  There will be no class during school vacation week (April 20th).  It is possible that the class may extended for a week or two if students are not done with their projects and the high school leaders decide to extend it.
  • There is no cost to participate in this class.
  • Students must have participated in the level one Brookline Engineering Project in order to take this class.
  • To register or if you have questions, contact George at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Aerial Silks: Circus Up and Revolution Trapeze are teaming up to bring Brookline the finest in circus and aerial arts.  In Circus Up’s Aerial mini-series, students will learn the basics of moving in the air!  Students gain strength and flexibility, grace, and correct alignment while twisting, turning, climbing and controlled dropping on the aerial silks.  Students will learn positions and moves close to the ground, and then move higher with more advanced skills, as ability advances.  Classes begin with warm-up and stretching, then move to the air, building on past lessons.  Students will likely learn to trust their new found strength and agility that will help them to gain confidence; maybe not only in the air!

  • Classes run for 5 Fridays from May 5th through June 9th.  There is no class on May 26th.
  • There are two sections each Friday.  The first section runs from 3:30-4:45PM and the second runs from 4:45-6:00PM.
  • Each section is capped at 6 students.
  • There is a $100 fee to participate in this 5-week class, and students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • At this time, there is one spot left in the 4:45-6:00 class.  To register, or if you have questions, email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

BTC Garden Team: The teen center is starting it’s third year of container gardening in front of the BTC, and this will be our best year yet.  We are looking for a group of middle school students to help with planning, designing, growing starts, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.  This year we want to expand the garden and make its bounty available to pedestrians passing by or folks dropping off their food scraps at the Brookline Community Composting bins.  Students will build skills in all aspects of gardening, and will have opportunities to bring plants home to start their own home garden.  Here are the details:

  • Weekly meetings on Mondays at 3:15 PM beginning on March 20th.  Meetings will vary in length depending on what work needs to be done each week.
  • Whether you have gardened for years, or have never put your hands in soil, you are welcome to be a part of the Garden Team.
  • Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade members of the BTC.
  • Email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org to sign up.

 

Spring Parkour: Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer an all levels parkour class to middle school students.  From the Parkour Generations website: “Students train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity, in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles. Students will also start to develop a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will that allows them to overcome mental obstacles related to their movements.  Classes include extensive and dynamic warm-up exercises, instruction in the basic movements of parkour, and a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises to ensure the long-term practice of the sport.”

  • Class runs on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM from April 24th through June 19th (no class on 5/29)
  • Class is capped at 10 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • Please print out and complete a Parkour Generations release, and bring it to your first class.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Rock Band: Burgeoning young musicians of all experience levels are invited to join us in starting BTC’s first middle school rock band! The band will meet weekly to work on preparing a 3-5 song set, to be performed for the BTC community at the end of the fall semester. Kids will choose songs based on their own interest and gain valuable experience playing and collaborating with each other. Through this process, kids will learn music theory, listening skills, and improvisation while getting exposure to new kinds of music. Emphasis will be on having fun and learning to connect their new knowledge and skills to the music they are most passionate about.

  • There is no cost to participate in Rock Band, but students must be a BTC member to participate.
  • Interested students should fill out this brief online application.  BTC’s music specialist, Wes Kaplan will follow up with you.
  • If you have questions about Rock Band, please email Wes at wkaplan@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Computer Science Program: Led by a group of Brookline High students, the Brookline Computer Science Program is a hands-on learning environment that teaches middle schoolers the principles of computer science while encouraging creativity and critical thinking. In student-led weekly classes, students will learn new concepts, then practice them by solving stimulating exercises. Guidance will help with trouble, but try not to intervene too much in order for students to work on problem-solving skills. Students are encouraged to tackle challenges, work together, and continue learning even outside of class, ultimately to develop a ‘coder’s mind’.

  • Classes run on eight Sundays from 3:00-4:00 PM from March 19th through May 14th (no class on 4/16).
  • This class is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
  • Classes will take place in the Brookline Teen Center conference room.
  • Class is capped at 8 students.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Pizza Making 101: Participants will have the opportunity to make a pizza from scratch.  This two hour workshop will be offered on Monday January 23rd and Monday January 30th from 3:30-5:30 PM.  There is no cost to participate.  Email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org to register.  Please specify which date you want your middle schooler to attend.  Each class is limited to 5 students.

 

Ice Cream Making 101: In this 3 week class, middle schoolers will have the chance to make ice cream from scratch, and eat the results.  Class runs 3/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 4:30-6:00 PM.  Ice Cream Making 101 is full at this time.  Email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org to express interest in taking this class if it offered again soon.

 

Basketball Skills and Drills: BTC Youth Leader, Jacob Page, will be running a basketball clinic.  Here are the details from Jacob: I am looking for 8 serious middle school basketball players who want to work hard and get better. I will be delivering different skills and drills to help these serious players build strength and confidence in their play.  This skills and drills clinic will run for 4 weeks (3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10), from 4:30-5:30 on Mondays.  Basketball Skills and Drills is full at this time. Email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org with questions or to express interest in taking this class if it is available in the future.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies 101: Come to the BTC on March 27th from 4:00-5:30PM to learn how to make amazing chocolate chip cookies.  The class will be taught by Marjie Rowe, a BHS senior and the President of the BTC teen board of directors who also happens to be an amazing baker.  There is no cost to participate, and participants will be able to take home some of the cookies they make.  To reserve a spot, please email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Winter Session: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm on Monday nights. The class will be focused on introduction to computer science, using Python, and introduction to physical computing, using Arduino and other microcontrollers. As well as the regular class, there will be engineering challenges and hackathons for middle school students and a makerspace that will be available to students needing supplies and assistance on their individual projects.

  • Class runs from 6:00 – 7:00 PM for 9 Mondays from December 12th through March 6th.  There will be no classes on 12/26, 1/2, 1/16 and 2/20.  There may be make up classes on 3/13 and 3/20 if earlier sessions are cancelled due to snow.
  • Class is capped at 12 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • The winter session is full.
  • Questions? Email George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org

 

Cartooning and Comics: Our friends at the Brookline Arts Center are coming to the BTC.  In this class, students learn the fundamentals of cartooning and various approaches to visual storytelling by looking at the work of published cartoonists. Each student has the opportunity to develop their own narrative. By the end of class, each student develops a working knowledge of character creation, environment design, page layout, visual storytelling and saddle stitching a mini comic.  The six week class will run in the BTC conference room from 4:30-5:30 PM January 23rd through March 13th (no class on 2/20).  There is a $75 fee to take this class.  To learn more, or to register please click here.

 

Yoga: Middle school students of all abilities and experience levels are invited to our yoga class. This is a non-competitive, no-judgment zone where kids will: build strength and flexibility, learn relaxation and stress reduction techniques, and increase body awareness, self respect and self confidence. The class will incorporate standing and sitting poses, backward and forward bends, side bends, twists, inversions, and balancing poses. We will practice to music and invite students to build playlists. Ideally students will attend regularly to foster a sense of community and to build knowledge together. Students should wear clothes that allow for free movement. Yoga mats are available at the teen center, or bring your own.  Class is taught by Cher Duffield.

  • There will be three drop in yoga classes the month of December.  On December 5, 12, and 19th middle schoolers can attend a class (or all 3) in our Yoga Studio from 3:00-3:55. 
  • We will organize another series of classes in the new year, but these drop in sessions will give students (who might be on the fence) a chance to try out yoga without a major commitment.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • Email George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org with any questions.

 

Parkour: Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer an all levels parkour class to middle school students.  From the Parkour Generations website: “Students train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity, in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles. Students will also start to develop a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will that allows them to overcome mental obstacles related to their movements.  Classes include extensive and dynamic warm-up exercises, instruction in the basic movements of parkour, and a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises to ensure the long-term practice of the sport.”

  • Class runs from 4:00 – 5:30 PM from November 21st through January 30th (no class on 12/26, 1/2 and 1/16)
  • Class is capped at 8 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • Please print out and complete a Parkour Generations release, and bring it to your first class.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Persian Cooking: Food as part of Eastern culture is the center piece of family gatherings.  Cooking has been part of my life growing up in an Iranian family.  In this cooking class, not only will we follow directions for every recipe and use many ingredients, but we will allow ourselves to make changes and make it our own.  In this hands on class you will cook healthy, nutritious, and delightful Persian recipes.  You will learn variations of soups, rice dishes, souffles, and appetizers.  This class will focus on vegetarian dishes.  The class is taught by Giti Ganjei.

  • Class runs from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Mondays.
  • There will be two different 3-week sessions.  The first session meets on November 7, November 14, and November 21.  The second session meets on December 5, December 12, and December 19.  Both the November and December sessions are full.
  • Class is capped at 5 students, and students are expected to attend all three meetings.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a BTC member to participate.

 

Dance: Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements. Once a month we will have a workshop that consist of different styles. By the end of the session, we have groups perform.   Class is taught by Katiria Pineda-Colon and Isobel Souza.

  • Class runs from 4:00 – 5:30 PM for 8 Mondays from October 17th through December 5th.
  • Class is capped at 20 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.

 

Brookline Engineering Project – Winter Session: The Brookline Engineering Project seeks to excite and educate students in middle school and high school about robotics, technology and engineering. This student led organization is a project-based learning environment where Brookline students can tinker, build and learn. Brookline middle schoolers can participate in a regular class from 6-7 pm on Monday nights. The class will be focused on introduction to computer science, using Python, and introduction to physical computing, using Arduino and other microcontrollers. As well as the regular class, there will be engineering challenges and hackathons for middle school students and a makerspace that will be available to students needing supplies and assistance on their individual projects.

  • Class runs from 6:00 – 7:00 PM for 9 Mondays from December 12th through March 6th.  There will be no classes on 12/26, 1/2, 1/16 and 2/20.  There may be make up classes on 3/13 and 3/20 if earlier sessions are cancelled due to snow.
  • Class is capped at 12 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • The winter session is full.
  • Questions? Email George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org

 

Aerial Silks: Circus Up and Revolution Trapeze are teaming up bring to Brookline the finest in circus and aerial arts.  In Circus Up’s Aerial mini-series, students will learn the basics of moving in the air!  Students gain strength and flexibility, grace, and correct alignment while twisting, turning, climbing and controlled dropping on the aerial silks.  Students will learn positions and moves close to the ground, and then move higher with more advanced skills, as ability advances.  Classes begin with warm-up and stretching, then move to the air, building on past lessons.  Students will likely learn to trust their new found strength and agility that will help them to gain confidence; maybe not only in the air!

  • Classes run for 6 Fridays from November 4th through December 16th.  There is no class on November 25th.
  • There are two sessions each Friday.  The first session runs from 3:30-4:45PM and is geared towards 6th and 7th grade students.  The second session runs from 4:45-6:00PM and is geared towards 7th and 8th grade students and high schoolers.
  • Each section is capped at 6 students.
  • There is a $120 fee to participate in this 6-week class, and students must be a member of the BTC to participate.

 

(Em)Power Hour: Strength training, nutrition, and fitness for the tween/teen girl:

In today’s society, with social media and peer pressure bearing down upon our girls to look and act a certain way, it’s time we helped them to take charge of their bodies AND minds.  This class will not only teach girls proper strength and cardio training techniques, but will focus on eating healthfully for their own bodies, stress management through positive action, and CONFIDENCE in themselves as unique and powerful girls.  
Whether a seasoned athlete looking to properly cross train, or a complete novice in fitness, all girls are welcome.  We will work in a small group to foster trust, friendships, confidence and more.  Our hope is that every girl leaves with a greater sense of confidence, strength, and tools for health that will last them a lifetime.  This class is taught by Dara Zall Kelly.
  • Class runs from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for 8 Mondays from October 24th through December 12th.
  • Class is capped at 8 girls, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • Class will take place at CrossFit Coolidge Corner located under the BTC.  Class participants will gather at the BTC and head downstairs to CrossFit as a group.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • This class is full at this time.  Check back to see if we add another session for this winter.
  • Please print out, sign, and bring this release to the first session.

 

Brookline Robotics: Brookline Robotics seeks to engage 6th, 7th and 8th graders in STEM and robotics. Through our two programs, a one week summer program and First Lego League teams, we aim to teach students the basics and beyond of robotics and programming. We’re open to any experience level, novice to expert!

Brookline Robotics is made possible by the support of many enthusiastic high school volunteers, adult volunteers, and the support of the award-winning robotics team FRC 125, the NUTRONs, who have created or mentored robotics programs in Revere, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain.

  • Brookline Robotics meets Sundays at the BTC
  • At this time Brookline Robotics is fully enrolled

 

Media Girls: From the Media Girls Website: “Sign up your 6th or 7th grade girl for Brookline’s MEDIAGIRLS 8-week program at The Brookline Teen Center! This weekly group talks pop culture and explores and challenges the stories told in music videos, ads, and magazines aimed at girls. In addition, participants learn how to write inspiring blog posts that are featured on our MEDIAGIRLS blog and social media. Visit www.mediagirls.org to learn more about our program, and check out the work of past groups.

Space is limited to 12 girls, and is first come, first serve. Payment is $280, and refunds are not available once registration is processed. A limited number of scholarships are available; please inquire.

Classes run at the Brookline Teen Center on Tuesdays from 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM September 27th to November 29th (no class October 11th). We provide cereal bars for snacks, you provide girls who are ready to make over the media!

Contact michelle@mediagirls.org with questions. 

 

Circus Skills on the Ground and in the Round: You don’t have to fly through the air to be in the circus! In this object manipulation mini-series, students will learn some basics in skills that can be performed on the ground. Hula hooping, plate spinning, feather balancing, juggling, and stilt-walking will be included in this fun introduction to a variety of circus arts. Classes will include instruction in skills and techniques as well as group games and imaginative activities. Students will practice balance, learn new tricks, and challenge themselves to explore new ways of moving. No previous experience is needed, but if a student already has experience in any of these skills they will receive individualized instruction to build on the skills they already have!  This class is brought to the BTC by Circus Up.

  • Classes will run for 5 Thursdays from January 26th to March 9th (no class on 2/9 and 2/23).
  • There will be two sections: 3:30-4:45 and 4:45-6:00.
  • Classes are for 6-8th grade students.
  • Each section is limited to 8 students.
  • There is a $100 fee for the 5 week class, and students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • If you have questions or to register, email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Circus Duos: Everything is more fun with a friend, and circus is no exception! This class will train students on the basics of working in a circus partnership, both on the ground and in the air. Students will learn how to support one another’s weight in static poses and dynamic shapes. We will also work on the foundational tumbling and aerial skills needed to build up to more advanced partner tricks and routines. Circus Duos class will help to build strength, trust, and communication skills while we learn to make shapes together in the ground, on the lyra, and in the silks. Students should wear comfortable clothes that will stay in place while upside down. Each class will begin with a brief warm up, followed by some basic skill drills, and plenty of time for focusing on new tricks and playing some fun games. No prior experience is needed.  This class is brought to the BTC by Circus Up.

  • Classes will run for 5 Saturdays from January 14th to February 11th.
  • There will be two sections: 10:30-11:45 and 12:00-1:15.
  • Classes are for 6-8th grade students.
  • Each section is limited to 7 students.
  • There is a $100 fee for the five week class, and students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • If you have questions or to register, email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Wednesday (Em)Power Hour: Strength training, nutrition, and fitness for the tween/teen girl: In today’s society, with social media and peer pressure bearing down upon our girls to look and act a certain way, it’s time we helped them to take charge of their bodies AND minds.  This class will not only teach girls proper strength and cardio training techniques, but will focus on eating healthfully for their own bodies, stress management through positive action, and CONFIDENCE in themselves as unique and powerful girls.  

Whether a seasoned athlete looking to properly cross train, or a complete novice in fitness, all girls are welcome.  We will work in a small group to foster trust, friendships, confidence and more.  Our hope is that every girl leaves with a greater sense of confidence, strength, and tools for health that will last them a lifetime.  This class is taught by Dara Zall Kelly.
  • Class runs from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for 5 Wednesdays from January 11th through February 8th.  There is no class on 1/25, but girls may attend the Monday class that week on 1/23.
  • Class is capped at 10 girls, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • This class is open to 6th-8th grade girls.
  • Class will take place at CrossFit Coolidge Corner located under the BTC.  Class participants will gather at the BTC and head downstairs to CrossFit as a group.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • Please print out, sign, and bring this release to the first session.

 

Musical.ly: Our friends at Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) are coming to the BTC to offer a workshop for middle schoolers to teach them how to get the most out of the Musical.ly app.  The two week workshop will run on January 30th and February 6th from 3:30-5:30 PM.  Students don’t need a smartphone with the Musical.ly app to participate, but if they have one they should bring it.  The BTC is subsidizing the cost of the workshop, so there is no cost for participants.  Email Kate at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org to reserve your spot.  Class is limited to 10 students.

 

Aerial Silks: Circus Up and Revolution Trapeze are teaming up bring to Brookline the finest in circus and aerial arts.  In Circus Up’s Aerial mini-series, students will learn the basics of moving in the air!  Students gain strength and flexibility, grace, and correct alignment while twisting, turning, climbing and controlled dropping on the aerial silks.  Students will learn positions and moves close to the ground, and then move higher with more advanced skills, as ability advances.  Classes begin with warm-up and stretching, then move to the air, building on past lessons.  Students will likely learn to trust their new found strength and agility that will help them to gain confidence; maybe not only in the air!

  • Classes run for 6 Fridays from January 13th through February 17th.
  • There are two sections each Friday.  The first section runs from 3:30-4:45PM and the second runs from 4:45-6:00PM.
  • Each section is capped at 6 students.
  • There is a $120 fee to participate in this 6-week class, and students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • If you have questions or to register, email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Monday (Em)Power Hour: Strength training, nutrition, and fitness for the tween/teen girl: In today’s society, with social media and peer pressure bearing down upon our girls to look and act a certain way, it’s time we helped them to take charge of their bodies AND minds.  This class will not only teach girls proper strength and cardio training techniques, but will focus on eating healthfully for their own bodies, stress management through positive action, and CONFIDENCE in themselves as unique and powerful girls.  

Whether a seasoned athlete looking to properly cross train, or a complete novice in fitness, all girls are welcome.  We will work in a small group to foster trust, friendships, confidence and more.  Our hope is that every girl leaves with a greater sense of confidence, strength, and tools for health that will last them a lifetime.  This class is taught by Dara Zall Kelly.
  • Class runs from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for 6 Mondays from January 9th through February 13th.
  • Class is capped at 12 girls, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • Class will take place at CrossFit Coolidge Corner located under the BTC.  Class participants will gather at the BTC and head downstairs to CrossFit as a group.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • This class is full at this time.
  • Please print out, sign, and bring this release to the first session.

 

Parkour: Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer an all levels parkour class to middle school students.  From the Parkour Generations website: “Students train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity, in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles. Students will also start to develop a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will that allows them to overcome mental obstacles related to their movements.  Classes include extensive and dynamic warm-up exercises, instruction in the basic movements of parkour, and a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises to ensure the long-term practice of the sport.”

  • Class runs from 4:00 – 5:30 PM from November 21st through January 30th (no class on 12/26, 1/2 and 1/16)
  • Class is capped at 8 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • Please print out and complete a Parkour Generations release, and bring it to your first class.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.

 

Yoga: Middle school students of all abilities and experience levels are invited to our yoga class. This is a non-competitive, no-judgment zone where kids will: build strength and flexibility, learn relaxation and stress reduction techniques, and increase body awareness, self respect and self confidence. The class will incorporate standing and sitting poses, backward and forward bends, side bends, twists, inversions, and balancing poses. We will practice to music and invite students to build playlists. Ideally students will attend regularly to foster a sense of community and to build knowledge together. Students should wear clothes that allow for free movement. Yoga mats are available at the teen center, or bring your own.  Class is taught by Cher Duffield.

  • Class runs for 6 sessions on Mondays from 3:30-4:30PM beginning on April 3rd and ending on May 15th.  There is no class on April 17th.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.
 

(Em)Power Hour: Strength training, nutrition, and fitness for the tween/teen girl: In today’s society, with social media and peer pressure bearing down upon our girls to look and act a certain way, it’s time we helped them to take charge of their bodies AND minds.  This class will not only teach girls proper strength and cardio training techniques, but will focus on eating healthfully for their own bodies, stress management through positive action, and CONFIDENCE in themselves as unique and powerful girls.  

Whether a seasoned athlete looking to properly cross train, or a complete novice in fitness, all girls are welcome.  We will work in a small group to foster trust, friendships, confidence and more.  Our hope is that every girl leaves with a greater sense of confidence, strength, and tools for health that will last them a lifetime.  This class is taught by Dara Zall Kelly.
  • Class runs on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00 PM from March 20th through May 1st.  There is no class April 17.
  • The class is capped at 10 girls.
  • This class is open to 6th-8th grade girls.
  • Class will take place at CrossFit Coolidge Corner located under the BTC.  Class participants will gather at the BTC and head downstairs to CrossFit as a group.  Each week, girls should come upstairs to the BTC to check in and wait to be directed down to CrossFit.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member of the BTC to participate.
  • To register, please email Kate Cordner at kcordner@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • If this is your first time taking the class, please print out, sign, and bring this release to the first session.

 

Media Girls: From the Media Girls Website: “It’s not girls that need a makeover, it’s the media.  In this empowering and fun program for 6th and 7th grade girls, trained college mentors teach participants to think critically about the influence media has on girls. They’ll discuss music videos, ads, and social media, and learn to create feel-good content for girls that we’ll feature on our MEDIAGIRLS blog. Visit www.mediagirls.org to learn more about our program, see testimonials, and check out the inspiring work of past classes.  Classes are from 3:30 PM to 5 PM, every Wed. from March 1st to April 26 (no class April 19th due to school vacation).  No refunds available once registration is completed.  There is a $280 cost for this program.  Register here.  Contact michelle@mediagirls.org with questions.

 

Winter Parkour: Parkour Generations comes to the BTC to offer an all levels parkour class to middle school students.  From the Parkour Generations website: “Students train to develop strength, speed, endurance, precision, spatial awareness, dynamism, and creativity, in order to be as fluid, functional and liberated as possible in physical movement and to overcome physical obstacles. Students will also start to develop a way of thinking based on rigorous self-discipline, autonomous action and self-will that allows them to overcome mental obstacles related to their movements.  Classes include extensive and dynamic warm-up exercises, instruction in the basic movements of parkour, and a number of strengthening and conditioning exercises to ensure the long-term practice of the sport.”

  • Class runs on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM from February 6th through April 10th (no class on 2/20)
  • Class is capped at 8 students, and students are expected to attend all sessions.
  • There is no additional charge to participate in this class, but students must be a member to participate.
  • Please print out and complete a Parkour Generations release, and bring it to your first class.
  • If you have any questions, you can reach out to George Zahka at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.
  • The winter session is full.