This weekly program facilitates quality time between volunteers and teens with special needs. Each week, one or two volunteers visit their friend in his or her home, offering companionship, laughter, and fun. In exchange, the teen volunteers learn the value of giving back and experience firsthand the impact of befriending a lonely teen.
3 times a year, all children and teen pairs participating in the Friends At Home program are invited to an evening of connection. The 1 hour gathering, which takes the place of the Friends at home visit that week, includes fun activities or entertainers. It is a great change of scenery and opportunity for the kids and teen volunteers to network and socialize with other pairs.
Friends @ Home Connect
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A bi-weekly Sunday program where teens are paired with teen volunteers for two hours of fun, entertainment, creativity, and social interaction. Alternating between Sundays “on the town” and Sundays at our host location, teens will enjoy kung fu, yoga, soccer, basketball, baking, cooking and a range of other engaging activities. Trips to look forward to include bowling, Dave & Busters, being a restaurant chef for a day, scavenger hunt around the city and more! During the trips, teens will learn and practice self-advocacy, to safely cross streets, to navigate public transportation and other important life skills within a relaxed and fun environment that promotes independence.
Teen ages 13 - 17. Volunteer ages 16+
Dates: Sep 22, Oct 6, 27, Nov 10, 24, Dec 8, 22, Jan 12, 26, Feb 2, 23, March 15, 29, April 26, May 3
Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Location: Ramaz Middle School - 114 East 85th Street
Planned by teen volunteers in grades 11 & 12, teen scene is a weekly after school club that is a perfect blend of socializing and having a blast! Side by side the peers take part in an array of engaging activities, including art projects, challah baking, sports, interactive games, cooking and more!
Volunteers: Ramaz students only
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Ramaz Upper School - 60 East 78th Street
Throughout the year Friendship Circle provides family holiday inspiration and fun. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and the annual FC family Shabbaton. Holiday programs are not drop off programs, parents must remain on site.
Shabbat & Holiday Events
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The Friendship Walk is a community wide event that shines a light on children, teens and young adults with special needs and raises much needed funds for Friendship Circle UES. Join in solidarity as the entire community walks through the streets of Manhattan on May 19, 2019, in a proud demonstration of special needs awareness and unity. The Walk is followed by a family street fair replete with rides, shows, zoo animals, carnival games, shopping, kosher food and more!