Friends Connect is an activity based social club for high functioning tweens and teens in grades 6 - 12 with moderate developmental disabilities and moderate social challenges. The group provides participants with the opportunity to socialize, build friendships, explore the larger community and most importantly…have fun! Friends Connect meets at the Underground Teen Center (2203 Central Ave.) to engage in activities such as arts and crafts, recreational and social games, cooking and more. Participants also go on exciting local field trips for activities like bowling, miniature golf, going out to eat or to the movies, and to the arcade.
Applications for Friends Connect are available in the ARPD office and online (see below). All applicants must fulfill program requirements to be considered for enrollment. There is a required teacher recommendation form and teen questionnaire that must accompany participant applications. New applicants and their parent/guardian will meet with ARPD staff prior to enrollment. Returning applicants must complete an ARPD registration form only (please designate “Friends Connect” in the “Activity Title” box). This program is for Alameda residents only. Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment.
Friends Connect has a limited number of spaces. Priority for enrollment is given to returning participants who have met attendance requirements in the previous session. Once the program is full, applicants will be added to a waiting list. Applications for winter/ spring 2017 sessions are due by Friday, January 13. For more information, please call (510) 747-7555.
Jan. 29 Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
*February 12 Color Me Mine, Alameda 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
February 26 Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m
*March 12 Picnic and Park Games,
Franklin Park, Alameda 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
March 26 Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
*April 9 Early Dinner Out, Alameda Restaurant TBD 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
April 23 Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
May 7 Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg. 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
*Field trip details and locations are subject to change
Fee: No registration fee. Participants are responsible for cost of activities on field trips.
Instructor: Melissa Abadia, Adapted PE Specialist and ’15 – ‘16 San Leandro Unified Teacher of the Year