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.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SKILLS I
Introduces the AAA strategy that is utilized throughout the duration of our classes to accurately assess and react appropriately in social situations. This session also expands on basic skills such as greeting, listening, interacting appropriately with others and having conversations.
January 12th- February 9th
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SKILLS II
Builds on the skills from the other session by expanding to include more complex social skills suchas borrowing from others, showing a sense of humor, working on and keeping friendships, and social relationship appropriateness.
February 23rd- March 23rd
INTERNET SAFETY AND ETIQUETTE (I and II): (Because of Sensitive Content this class is 13+)
Does your teen have a cell phone? Are you worried about them being safe on the internet? This class teaches your teen the best way to be safe and protect themselves while using the internet. Please be advised that this class may cover some sensitive content and is recommended for teens only.
Sesssion I: January 13th- February 9th
Session II: February 23rd- March 23rd
Why Let the Fun End with Summer?