The Friday Night Club for Teens with Special Needs

Looking for an avenue to get your teen involved?

I am thrilled to introduce you all to a new club that has joined forces with UCP-OC; a club that has formed for the sole purpose of creating a place and time for teens with special needs to come together and just hang out! For typical teens this is not a concept that is new to them, but there aren’t many places or avenues for teens with special needs to spend time together.

The Friday Night Club was started by a high school student named Natalie. As the other children in the family left for college, her brother was left without his playmates. Natalie saw a need for her brother to have a time to meet other teens with special needs and get to know them by hanging out. Not only is it a special time for these teens, but typical teens volunteer at the event and really create a connection with these teens. The club meets twice a month, one time at their home and the other time is at UCP-OC from 7-10pm for teens ages 13-18.

I had the privilege of going to one of the Friday Night clubs in their home, and it was astounding to see. To begin with there are so many activities for these teens to do; there is ping pong, Uno, Jenga, basketball, pool, video games and food restriction-friendly snacks are brought by families and are provided. Many of the teens just sit and hang out in groups to talk and get to know each other. The generosity of this family is astounding to say the least. Where I would go to retreat from the world after a long week of work, they open up their doors and hearts to these teens. They simply want to create a safe environment for teens to get together for games, movies, conversation and friendship just like typical teens, and get so much joy with the sound of laughter and life these teens create!

This Friday, August 19th, from 7-10pm the teens will be meeting at the UCP-OC facility to watch a movie on the projector and play bingo! 980 Roosevelt, Irvine 92620; Suite 100

Adult supervision is always present, but if your teen needs special care please stay and join your teen in the activities. Currently they are choosing between three movies: 1) Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2) Like Mike 3) Karate Kid.

So as they say, bring a pillow, bean bag, or favorite stuffed animal, and join the fun!

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information or questions please contact:

• Natalie: opusnumber4@gmail.com 

Or

• Elizabeth: ewylie@ucp-oc.org

 

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