The Friendship Circle
We are the fastest growing organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 7,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers.
Who we are
The Friendship Circle is today’s fastest growing organization for children with special needs. With over 79 locations worldwide, the Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 7,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers. The Friendship Circle’s unique approach brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved.
- Our Programs -
Open Class : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
The children are put through a basic cheerleading class including warm-ups, a basic tumbling lesson with hands on instruction, and a small choreographed routine! All this is alongside one of the cheer leading buddies, who are paired with each group member.
Open Class : 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Your child will gain the confidence of being an essential and accepted member of a social group. This program was designed to create a true social home base for our special teens, at the age where a social group can be defining and a necessity. Teen volunteers and teens with special needs get together twice a month for social activities and group “hang outs”, where they can have a great time while enhancing social skills along the way!
Young Adult Circle
Open Class : 6:30am – 8:00pm
Young adult volunteers and young adults with special needs come together twice a month to form a social group of friends in a non- judgmental and accepting environment, while having a great time and enhancing their social skills along the way! The group has experienced an array of exciting activities, such as karaoke, unique art activities, and even baking with ingredients which they shopped for on their own.
Life Skills Program
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Our Life Skills/ Job Training Program was created with the goal to provide our Adults with special needs an immersive, real- world environment where they can practice critical life and job skills. The program includes hands-on training in The Friendship Cafe, interpersonal & communication skills, academics such as basic math & reading, Yoga & relaxation techniques, a Mentorship program, Arts & more.
Our program is for Adults 20+ with developmental disabilities. Participants must come with an open mind & willingness to participate, be independent with self-care restroom needs, & be respectful to those around them.