MJCCA Offers Kids Classes in October


MJCCA Offers Kids Classes in October

Workshops designed to benefit kids online and in the real world

By Laura Carson Miller


Whether it is designing a computer game, or succeeding in the game of life, exciting new classes for teens impart valuable skills to excel online and in the real world.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is offering two workshops that kick off in October, designed specifically for metro Atlanta teens. Both courses are being taught at MJCCA, Zaban Park (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). To register online go to atlantajcc.org.

As any parent knows, in a blink of an eye a young teenager grows into an adult, and is expected to become a well-rounded member of society. Is your teen able to manage a budget, respond to an emergency, protect his/her identity online, or prepare a meal? In just four 90-minute sessions, MJCCA’s #Adulting: Life Skills for the Real World, provides teens, grades 8 – 10 with valuable, life-building skills and promotes self-sufficiency. The course is being held on Wednesdays, October 5, 19, 26 and November 2, from 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm.

Instructors include Elaine Rosenblum, renowned attorney, principal of ProForm U, and interpersonal/interviewing skills expert. “Effective interviewing is a skill used repeatedly throughout life. From college and scholarship interviews to summer internships, interviewing is a required skill that is never too early to learn,” says Rosenblum.

Other instructors include Sandy Springs Police Department’s Jeff Brown, who will share safety tips and emergency preparation techniques. Professional Chef Howard Schreiber will serve up time-saving, cost-efficient ways to prepare meals with only a handful of ingredients; and an executive from BB&T will offer valuable budgeting and personal finance skills.

The cost to attend #Adulting: Life Skills for the Real World is $65 for non-members and $50 for MJCCA members. For more information on these teen courses, contact Paige Godfrey at 678-812-4082, or email paige.godfrey@atlantajcc.org.

Computer, video and Internet gaming have dramatically increased among teenagers, and there is no indication that this trend is going away anytime soon. Learning the basic tools of computer game design can help teens put their imaginations to work, and better prepare them to thrive in our technology-driven society. Computer Game Design, a three-session workshop for teens, grades 8 – 11, is being held at the MJCCA on Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27, from 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm.

The course is being taught by an expert from the New York Code + Design Academy and covers the fundamentals of game design and programming, including how to build code with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Upon completing the course, teens have the option of publishing their work on the Internet for friends and family to appreciate.

Open to the community and MJCCA members, Computer Game Design provides an excellent place to start exploring the art of game design and web development. The cost is $80 for non-members and $60 for MJCCA members.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to educate and entertain your kids this fall. As all of us adults already know: the future is now!