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
  • Applications for 2019 Summer Session are due by Friday, June 7, 2019

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:

June 23
 Underground Teen Center (Vet's Bldg)
 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 7
Field Trip - TBD
 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July 21
 Underground Teen Center (Vet's Bldg)
 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
August 4
Theme Park Field Trip - Location TBD
 Times TBD