Building Beyond Barriers (B3)


The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center* (21st CCLC)- Building Beyond Barriers (B3) Middle & High School program provides a varied after school experience for middle school and high school students in Perth Amboy schools.  

The B3 program is offered Monday through Friday to students that attend William C. McGinnis School, Samuel E Shull School, and the Perth Amboy High School at South Campus. The program affords participants with opportunities to receive academic support, homework assistance, and tutoring. Additionally, participants choose which enrichment activities they will participate in for the six-week class cycles. Enrichment activities range from photography, culinary arts, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to weather club, where students learn how to develop a weather forecast. 

We at the Y, are delighted to offer this program to families, at no cost. It is truly an amazing opportunity for youth and the entire Perth Amboy community.

To sign up for the B3 Program click here and complete the application.  Email completed application to Isaias Calderon or stop by the Y. 

*This project was funded in its entirety Under Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.


 Virtual Tutoring Hotline 

  (Available During School Year ONLY)

The Y is here for you… now offering virtual tutoring! Starting Monday, September 28th. Teachers are available Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-4:30pm. If your child is a Perth Amboy Board of  Education student, please login with their current google classroom account and use the code: 37e2a4j.  If you or your child needs technical assistance or need assistance with scheduling  a tutoring session call        (732) 896-0976 between 3:00pm-6:00pm. 

Weather Club

The B3 Weather Club comprised of middle school students, uses model data to make local forecasts for the Perth Amboy area. After obtaining a basic understanding of weather and weather forecasting, participants will collaborate with themselves and the instructor in order to create a daily/weekly weather forecast, through researching and analyzing the ever-changing daily model output data.

For weather updates and more information CLICK HERE!


Teen Night

The RARITAN BAY AREA YMCA, in collaboration with the city of Perth Amboy, is inviting students (8th–12th-grade residents of Perth Amboy) to use the YMCA facility for FREE. Come to the Y and hang out with friends, swim in the pool, play basketball, and participate in some fun activities. All teens should register, please use the link below. Please bring your school ID. Doors open at 6:00 pm and teen night ends at 9:00 pm.