Teen Volunteer Opportunities

SUNDAY CIRCLE

Sunday Circle is a bi-weekly program that enables parents to leave their children in the hands of loving volunteers and qualified professionals for hours of fun, entertainment, creativity, and social interaction.

As of March 14, we will be having Sunday Circle in the park. This event will be held outdoors and will be fully compliant with all NYC Covid-19 guidelines.

Location: The DeKovats Playground at Asphalt Green - 1740 York Ave (York Ave Betw. 91st and 92nd)

Volunteers: Grade 7+  |  Time: 12:45-2:30pm (Kids arrive at 1:00pm)

FRIENDS @ HOME

This weekly program facilitates quality time between teen volunteers and kids with special needs in the comfort of their own home. Each week, two teen volunteers visit their friend, sharing companionship, laughter, and fun. While the kids experience the joy of friendship, parents will enjoy a regular respite. Due to Covid-19, Friends @ Home will be taking place over Zoom or exclusively outdoors (with the agreement of both parties).

Volunteers: Grade 9+  |  Time: Customized to your schedule

TEENS ON THE TOWN

Weekly teen events with fun trips around NYC. This program allows teen participants to enhance social, safety and daily living skills, alongside supportive & engaging teen volunteers. During the trips, teens will learn and practice self-advocacy, to safely cross streets and other important life skills within a relaxed and fun environment that promotes independence.

This event will be held outdoors and will be fully compliant with all NYC Covid-19 guidelines.

Volunteers: Grade 9+  |  Time: 10:20am-12:00pm (Teens arrive at 10:30am)

DAY CAMPS

At Friendship Circle Day Camp, kids of all abilities have their school breaks transformed into a fun-filled camp experience! Packed with daily field trips, art, music, sports, special performances and more, FC day camp is an experience like no other.

Due to Covid-19 camps will be taking place over Zoom for the foreseeable future. We will post updates if/when we are able to host in-person camp.

Friendship Circle hosts numerous Day Camps throughout the year:

Thanksgiving Day Camp, Winter Camp, Presidents' Week Camp & Summer Camp

Volunteers: Grade 7+

Thanksgiving Camp: November 26-27, 2020

Winter Camp: December 28-29, 2020

Presidents' Week Camp: February 15, 2021

THE CARE PROJECT

Each month Friendship Circle will be coordinating themed packages to be sent out to families of kids with special needs to let them know that they are not alone during this socially isolated time!

Two volunteer families will have the opportunity to spearhead a care project each month. Together with our incredible Friendship Circle team the lead families on any given project will conceptualize, sponsor, package & help deliver the care packages of that month.

Let's spread love & joy together!

JEWISH HOLIDAYS

Throughout the year Friendship Circle provides family holiday inspiration and fun! Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and more. At FC holiday programs children, siblings, parents and volunteers come together to share memorable holiday experiences that will leave a lasting impression!

FRIENDSHIP WALK

The highlight of our year! Join thousands from across the NYC community in a tremendous display of pride and unity as we walk through the streets of the Upper East Side raising awareness and funds for children, teens and young adults with special needs. All funds raised benefit Friendship Circle of the Upper East Side!

Date: May 22, 2022

Location: East 77th Street between 1st & York Aves

All Ages  |  Open to the Public

MIRACLE SPORTS LEAGUE

A weekly after school club where participants can enjoy a range of athletic activities such as soccer, hockey, gaga & volleyball. Professional coaches and teen volunteers engender team spirit and encourage everyone to get moving!

Volunteers*: Grade 7+  |  Time: Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45pm

(*Volunteers for this program must be Ramaz students)

Location: Ramaz Middle School - 114 East 85th Street