PHOTO FRIENDS

Photo Friends provides an engaging and creative outlet for children of all abilities, using photography as the medium of expression. Each participant will be provided with a compact camera and, as assisted by their friend and one of the team leaders, will be given basic instruction and “photo-opportunities.”

Photo Friends Information:

* Volunteer registration is now closed for the Fall 2018 Session*

*Mandatory open house for participants & volunteers Saturday, September 22, 9:30am – 11am at Coral Springs Charter School.

Due to handling of fragile photography equipment, participants must be 13 years of age or older.

Session runs September 22, 2018 – November 3, 2018

Activities are on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the cafeteria at Coral Springs Charter School, 3205 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065.

Any questions, please send an email to info@thefriendshipinitiative.org

Payment is required to complete registration.

FIT FRIENDS

Fit Friends is designed for children and young adults with special needs who want to increase stamina and body tone. The program’s focus is on whole-body fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.  Each participant is matched with a trained student volunteer.

The programs begins with a light, dynamic warm up that includes stretching. Each child then engages in aerobic circuit training and strength circuit training for each class.  Exercise routines within the circuits are varied for each of the classes, which are offered once a week for eight weeks.

Fit Friends Program Information:

September 15, 2018 – November 3, 2018

*Volunteer registration is now closed for the Fall 2018 session*

Activities are on Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at All 4 One Fitness in Coral Springs, 10394 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065. The registration fee is $62 per child.

Any questions, please send an email to fit@thefriendshipinitiative.org

Payment is required to complete participant registration.

ART WORKS

BRINGING OUT YOUR CHILD’S INNER ARTIST

At Art Works, children and young adults with special needs express themselves using a variety of art forms and techniques. Each class of the session will allow participants to explore different media including clay, paint, pastels, markers, pencil, etc. Each Artist is paired with their own student volunteer.

The program, run in coordination with Art Paper Scissors at their studio in Parkland, is a fun-filled hour set in a compassionate environment that encourages exploration and creativity while improving fine motor skills. Through this creative process, social interaction occurs organically between the artists and the student volunteers.

Art Works Program Information:

November 10, 2018 – December 8, 2018

Activities are on Saturdays, 10:00am – 11:00am. Cost: $62 per child – Art Paper Scissors 6654 Parkside Dr, Parkland, FL 33067

Any questions, please send an email to info@thefriendshipinitiative.org

Payment is required to complete participant registration.

READING WITH FRIENDS

WHERE READING IS FUN

At Reading With Friends, children with special needs explore the wonder of books through all of their senses. Every one of our Readers will be matched with their own student volunteer Friend. Each gathering provides an accepting and inclusive environment that allows kids of all abilities to enjoy reading while building friendships.

Reading With Friends Information:

Sunday, October 21st, 12pm – 1pm
Sunday, November 11th, 12pm – 1pm
Sunday, November 18th, 12pm – 1pm
Sunday, December 9th, 12pm – 1pm

Activities are held at the North Regional Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, Florida 33066.

Any questions, please send an email to reading@thefriendshipinitiative.org

ZEN FRIENDS YOGA

Zen Friends Yoga is a program that combines the beauty and relaxation of yoga with the social interaction that occurs organically between our participants and our student volunteers.  The benefits of Zen Friends Yoga include: behavioral improvement, reduced anxiety, respiratory relaxation, increased communication, reinforced sensory integration, muscle relaxation and improved sleep patterns.

Zen Friends Yoga Information:

September 16, 2018 – October 21, 2018

*Volunteer registration is now closed for the Fall 2018 session*

Activities are on Sunday afternoons from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and are held at Fitwize 4 Kids, 4641 SR 7, unit 15b, Coral Springs, FL 33073. The registration fee is $62 per child.

Any questions, please send an email to info@thefriendshipinitiative.org

Payment is required to complete participant registration.