Friends Connect

Friends Connect is an activity based social club for high functioning tweens and teens in Grades 6 to 12 with moderate developmental disabilities and moderate social challenges.  The group provides participants with the opportunity to socialize, build friendships, explore the larger community and most importantly...have fun!

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Friends Connect has a limited number of spaces.  Priority for enrollment is given to returning participants who have met attendance requirements in the previous session.  Once the program is full, applicants will be added to a waiting list.

  • All applicants must fulfill program requirements to be considered for enrollment
  • New applicants and their parent/guardian will meet with ARPD Staff prior to enrollment
  • Returning applicants must complete an ARPD Registration Form(PDF, 63KB) only (please designate "Friends Connect" in the "Activity Title" box)
  • This program is for Alameda residents only
  • Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment

Friends Connect is open to tweens and teens in grades 6-12 with moderate developmental disabilities and moderate social challenges.

Activities include arts & crafts, recreational and social games, cooking and more.  Participants also go on exciting local field trips such as bowling, going out to eat or to the movies and to the arcade.

No registration fee.  Participants will be responsible for cost of activities on field trips.

Friends Connect meets on Sundays:

 October 13
 Underground Teen Center
 October 27
 Field Trip:  ARPD Teen Haunted House @ South Shore Center
 November 3
 Underground Teen Center
 November 17
 Field Trip - TBD
 December 1
 Underground Teen Center
 December 15
 Family Holiday Party at Underground Teen Center