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Our Programs and Activities

NOTE: All programs are available to all participants regardless of ability unless otherwise specified on rare occasions! At each event, our Activity Leaders and Assistants are organized into small groups that engage in modified versions of a common activity. This way, all participants can learn a common skill at varying difficulty levels.

SELF EXPRESSION

At our self-expression socials, volunteers and participants work together to create unique artwork related to the program’s seasonal theme.
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SOUL PAINT

Soul Paint: this program, designed by our Art Director Peter Nicolaou, utilizes the concept of “Soul Train”, where two lines of participants dance and clap for their peers as buddy-participants run through the line to participant in a Live Paint activity. “Live Paint” is an activity that allows for participants express themselves creatively by throwing, finger-painting, or brushing paint onto a large canvas that is later transformed into an image or abstract work.

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CANVAS PAINTING

Canvas Painting: Our programs put a unique twist on painting by enabling participants to paint on traditional canvas or canvas-wrapped objects like surfboards.

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MURALS& MOSAICS

Using items like bottle caps and paint, participants and their volunteer “buddies” work together to create beautiful images on wall

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FITNESS

This program is perfect for the participant who loves to be active! Our Fitness Social Programs allow for participants and their volunteer “Buddies” to bond as they participate in fun, heart-pumping activities! This program seeks to provide athletic opportunities beyond typical sports. These activities may include:
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CARDIO

This program consists of several cardiovascular-based exercises that are modified for children of all athletic abilities. At different stations, participants will engage in activities that may include stretching, relays, color runs, obstacle courses, wheelchair workouts, sing along workouts, partner workouts, and games like tag and Red Light/Green Light.

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YOGA& PILATES

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DANCERCISE

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ICE SKATING

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MUSIC

A Music Social Program – No Experience Necessary!
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MUSIC

Our music social program provides participants and volunteers with opportunities to experiment with sound, explore different instruments, create songs, and sing ! No previous experience or personal instruments necessary.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

Friends Connect Foundation believes that people of all abilities are able to give back the community. This program assists our fellow nonprofits and local businesses through different service projects. These service projects include:
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PIECE WORK

Participants go through a series of stations with visual prompts to fill containers such as goodie bags.

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EXPRESSION SERVICE PROJECTS

Volunteers and participants create artwork that are donated to local nonprofits and businesses. We may also plan excursions to facilities to create wall murals.

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FRIENDS CONNECT ON THE ROAD

This program allows for participants and volunteers to attend local nonprofit service-based events as the Friends Connect Foundation team. Although we do not host these events, our event coordinators, staff, and volunteers attend to support and organize our team. These projects include Beach Sweeps.

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SOCIAL SKILLS

The social skills programs aims to provide services to participants that will aid in communication and interactions with their neurotypical peers through various activities. These activities include:
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COOKING

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ARCADE DAY

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT

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GUYS NIGHT OUT

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