On Wednesday, November 16, The College of New Jersey will host over 300 middle school students for the sixth-annual Youth Development Institute (YDI). Sponsored by the Bonner Center, YDI is a chance for TCNJ students and Bonner Scholars to connect with 6th through 8th graders from Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School in Trenton.
Over the course of the day, which begins at 9:30 AM until 2:00 PM, the H/W students, along with 100 TCNJ students, will enjoy a variety of activities, including a presentation and performance by the Bonner band in Kendall Main Stage Theatre. The students will also go on campus tours, have lunch and participate in a variety of workshops created and run by the TCNJ volunteers from four diverse Freshmen Seminar Program (FSP) classes.
The four FSP classes hosting workshops are To See a World in a Grain of Sand: Reading and Writing the Short Story, Exploring Amish Culture, Rock ‘N’ Roll in Post-Mao China and the Digital Domain. The workshops will pertain specifically to the content of these classes, such as the students making and playing their own video games, rock ‘n’ roll exploration and history and games to explore Amish culture. Following the workshops, the students will have the chance to reflect on their experiences and the outcome of YDI.