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Toddlers 18 Months-3 Years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are misisng out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Preschool 3-5 Years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained teen volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Elementary 6-11 Years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained teen volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Teens 12-17 years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained teen volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Sports & Swim

Sports and Swim gives the children an opportunity to excel in their swimming skills and strengthen their muscle tone as well as instill independence and confidence as they enjoy time in the pool and participate in a variety of professional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

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YAD Junior

Meeting weekly, our Young Adult Division gives young adults with special needs an opportunity to have fun and hang out with friends in a comfortable and safe environment. Through a series of community service oriented activities, participants learn the satisfaction of giving back while gaining vital social and vocational skills. We will be going on monthly trips out in the community and having special electives giving participants exposure to many different experiences.

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The Friendship Bakery

The Friendship bakery aims to empower our participants by challenging them to take on the responsibilities of creating and selling their own products. In this program, our teens and young adults  get together to bake different delicious foods to sell to our Friendship Circle family and friends.

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Loaves of Love

As Friendship Circle participants are growing older, we realize a lack of employment opportunities for them within the community. "Loaves of Love" will be staffed in full by high school teens and young adults with special needs. Our staff members will be responsible for taking orders, creating items and having them ready for pick up. A certified job coach will work to ensure that our participants are gaining the skills and performing the correct tasks. The goal...

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Winter Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Summer Camp

Friendship Circle's camp offers children a chance to build true friendships with their one-on-one teen volunteers as well as their peers. Each action packed day will be filled with stimulating, therapeutic, and fun activities such as music, swimming, art, sports,trips and outdoor water fun.

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Hanging with Friends

"Mom, just going to hang with my friends." This program will give teens the opportunity to "hang out" around town with new and old friends.

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Sunday Circle

Sunday Circles is 2 hours of non-stop fun and engagement under the guidance of a Special Ed teacher or therapist and with the help of our teen buddies. Our participants are divided into various rooms according to age and needs. They are exposed to a number of different fun and social activities while interacting with their teen buddies. Music Therapy is a staple at our Sunday Circles program in addition to other electives such as yoga, zumba,...

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Young Adults 18 + years

Friends at Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives - parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained teen volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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YAD- Young Adult Division

Meeting weekly, our Young Adult Division gives young adults with special needs an opportunity to have fun and hang out with friends in a comfortable and safe environment. Through a series of community service oriented activities, participants learn the satisfaction of giving back while gaining vital social and vocational skills. We will be going on monthly trips out in the community and having special electives giving participants exposure to many different experiences.

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Hanging with Friends

"Mom, just going to hang with my friends." This program will give teens the opportunity to "hang out" around town with new and old friends.

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Loaves of Love

As Friendship Circle participants are growing older, we realize a lack of employment opportunities for them within the community. "Loaves of Love" will be staffed in full by high school teens and young adults with special needs. Our staff members will be responsible for taking orders, creating items and having them ready for pick up. A certified job coach will work to ensure that our participants are gaining the skills and performing the correct tasks. The goal...

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The Friendship Bakery

The Friendship bakery aims to empower our participants by challenging them to take on the responsibilities of creating and selling their own products. In this program, our teens and young adults  get together to bake different delicious foods to sell to our Friendship Circle family and friends.

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Family

Jewish Holiday Celebrations

Experience the magic of the Jewish calendar with refreshments, crafts, games and unique entertainment. Whether it’s making real olive oil on Chanukah, or fashioning a functional Shofar before Rosh Hashanah, Jewish Holiday Programs at the Friendship Circle are full of excitement and hands-on fun. These are the times when Friendship Circle families and volunteers join together to prepare for the upcoming holidays and celebrate their Jewish heritage.

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Saturday Nights Out

Parents with special needs children are on duty 24 hours a day, acting not only as their parent, but as their friend and advocate. With Saturday Night Out, parents are able to enjoy a few hours just for themselves, knowing that their children are having a ball under the careful watch of Friendship Circle volunteers.

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Walk4Friends

Over 1,000 men, women and children come out each year to walk in support of children with special needs, spreading the message of acceptance and solidarity, while raising crucial funds and awareness for the Friendship Circle’s many programs. This program is vital for the continuation of Friendship Circle and its programs.

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Mom’s Night Out

When you combine the stress of kids, parents' work and friends - the job of a mother today can at times seem overwhelming. That's why the Friendship Circle has devised a range of programs and special services just for YOU, giving you dedicated, noble moms a chance to unwind and relax. Join in the fun!

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Dad’s Night Out

A special evening dedicated to dads of children with special needs! Dad's night out is a great way to socialize with other Friendship Circle dads and hang out in a fun and comfortable setting. Save the date for Wednesday, January 13th for some bowling fun!

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Team Friendship Miami Marathon

Whether you walk at your dog's pace or sprint like a pro, YOU can run a FULL MARATHON (26.2 MILES) OR a HALF MARATHON (13.1 MILES) with Team Friendship, and forever change the life of an individual with special needs. Take on the challenge. Contact the FC office to learn more or visit www.teamfriendship.org and sign up under our FC chapter

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Meet and Greet

Welcome to the Friendship Circle Family! A chance to get together and meet all our fellow volunteers, parents and students of The Friendship Circle.

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Volunteer

Friends@Home

Children with special needs often have many adults in their lives – parents, teachers, therapists and doctors. The Friends at Home program offers the one thing these children are missing out on: friendship. Each week, a pair of specially trained teen volunteers visits their special friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and gain respect and empathy for those facing difficult challenges.

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Volunteer Club

The Friendship Circle was founded on the belief that teens can make a huge difference in the lives of others. The Volunteer Club celebrates our teen volunteers’ outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for all members of our community through a series of dinners, educational activities and social events.

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MVP Volunteer Program

The Mitzvah Volunteer Program is a training program for 6th and 7th grade boys and girls that teaches the volunteers how to interact with children who have special needs. Volunteers will learn about various disabilities, appropriate conduct while volunteering, the importance of giving back to the community and the huge impact they can make on others. Great as a stand alone Bar or Bat Mitzvah project, it also gives the teens the skills necessary to be a...

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President’s Club

Every year Friendship Circle elects presidents. Presidents have many roles including being a role model for the kids and other volunteers. Meetings are held monthly and focus on the different disabilities volunteers encounter while volunteering at the Friendship Circle and how best to work with these children. Being a President also means recruiting new volunteers and encouraging the old ones. Presidents are involved in planning and executing special events such as the Walk4Friends and Friends at Home...

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