It was at the end of Camp Free2BMe in 2014 that one of our campers asked us, now what? Good question! It occurred to us that the need to continue working on social relationships, understanding emotions and learning life skills were not just a summer thing, it needed to be year round. We wanted to keep building on what we had been working on over the summer and our campers wanted to keep learning.
In 2015 we launched our first Social Saturday program. We chose curriculum that focused on specific skills and we used multiple modalities of learning (after all, no two people are exactly alike!). By incorporating art, drama, cooking and game-based learning, our students were excited to be able take what they learned back to their homes and schools and practice. Imagine our excitement when they came back Saturday after Saturday with success stories of how they used what they had learned and how it really worked for them!
We now offer several classes on Saturday and we will continue to build on them each new session. Currently, we are utilizing ACCESS (Adolescent Curriculum for Communication and Effective Social Skills) that is specifically designed for middle and high school. The information is presented in a fun way that is easy to apply to everyday situations. We cover skills related to: self-care, respect, organization and relating appropriately to adults.
Why Let the Fun End with Summer?