Friendship Circle of Central Jersey Better Together

Programs

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 Program: Teen Scene

Different stages of adolescence bring different challenges to all our children. Teen scene is a weekly program developed specifically for teenagers with special needs, providing, structured social experiences and activities where they can “hang out”, learn social skills and make new friends. Each month we will enjoy 2 electives, such as zumba, yoga, hip hop, cake decorating, circus training, music, karate and more.  

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Sunday Program: Social Teens

Sunday Social Teens is a weekly program with an emphasis on social interaction and life skills that are practiced in the real world. This group is for high school teens that require less prompting for activities of daily living as well as peer interaction. We encourage all the children to be social with each other and enjoy a fun time together. Each month we will enjoy 2 electives such as zumba, yoga, hip hop, cake decorating, circus

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Sports & Swim

Swim and Sports 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 proffessional sport activities. Each month we will focus on the rules and skills of another sport.

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Friendship Circle Camps

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 and outdoor water fun. This year FC will be offering 5 camp programs: Winter break, Spring break, early Summer, End of Summer and our Summer afternoon program.

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Teen Creative Art

Participants will create items out of clay, glass fusings and more. They will find the artists within themselves and learn the importance of self-expression and confidence. The class will be led by a retired special-ed teacher at a Stroke of Creativity.

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Basketball Circle

A wonderful sport to learn trust and team building qualities while building strong friendships in an inclusive and safe environment. Teens will learn the rules of basketball under the guidance of a caring and proffesional coach.

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Cooking Circle

Learn a skill that will last a lifetime. Participants will learn the basics of cooking, proper kitchen hygiene and more. We will go through a meal from appetizers to dessert – creating a menu, table setting, delicious food and more!

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Teen Life Skills

Join us for a 3 week Life Skills session as we learn new life skills out in the community under the guidance of Jenna Cahill, M.S., SLP-CC.

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