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 2021-2022 FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SYNOPSIS

Children’s Circle, Tween Scene, Teen Scene,

Movement Mondays, Art Circle, Swimming Circle, Equestrian Circle, Soccer Circle, Friendship Circle Band, 

Life Skills Around Town, Friends at Home, Winter/Summer Camp, 

No School Fun Days

All of our programs have ROLLING ADMISSION, you can begin at any time!

 

CHILDREN’S CIRCLE is a drop-off program for children with special needs, ages 4 through 8, for 2 hours on Sundays, twice a month.  This program offers Music Therapy, Karate, Gymnastics, Fitness, Dance, Zumba, Arts & Crafts and so much more in a fun-filled setting. Sessions are led by trained specialists, physical and occupational therapists with dedicated Friendship Circle volunteers on hand to assist every child. (15 Sundays)

TWEEN SCENE is a drop-off program for Tweens with special needs, ages 9 through 13, for 2 hours on Sundays, twice a month.  This program offers Music Therapy, Karate, Gymnastics, Fitness, Dance, Zumba, Arts & Crafts and so much more in a fun-filled setting.  Sessions are led by trained specialists and physical & occupational therapists with dedicated Friendship Circle volunteers on hand to assist every child. (15 Sundays) 

TEEN SCENE is for teens with special needs ages 14-19. It takes place on Sundays for 2 hours, twice a month. Teens and their Friendship Circle volunteers enjoy Jam Sessions, Drama & Theatre, Creative Movement, Rhythm, Zumba, Martial Arts, Crafts and so much more. (15 Sundays)
 

2021-2022 CHILDREN’S CIRCLE, TWEEN & TEEN SCENE DATES:

OCTOBER 10, 2021

FEBRUARY 6, 2022

OCTOBER 24, 2021

FEBRUARY 27, 2022

NOVEMBER 7, 2021

MARCH 13, 2022

NOVEMBER 21, 2021

MARCH 27, 2022

DECEMBER 5, 2021

APRIL 3, 2022 - WALKING4FRIENDSHIP

DECEMBER 12, 2021

APRIL 24, 2022

JANUARY 9, 2022

MAY 1, 2022

JANUARY 23, 2022

MAY 22, 2022

FRIENDS AT HOME:  Is a unique program that provides our children with the chance to bond with their Friendship Circle volunteers in an environment in which they are very comfortable, their own homes.  Volunteers work with their special friend and their families to establish a schedule that works for both.  With so much to look forward to at these visits, children wait all week for their volunteers to show up at their doorsteps. 
 

Friendship Circle Mondays: 

Session  1:  Art Circle - October 4 - January 31 (15 Mondays) (No classes on 12/20; 12/27; 1/17)

Session 2: Movement Mondays/Zumba - February 7 - May 23 (15 Mondays) (No classes on 2/21)

 

Movement / Zumba Mondays is an engaging, high energy and fun, drop-off dance program on Mondays from 4:30PM – 5:30PM. Children have the opportunity to enjoy Zumba, dance, camaraderie and movement under the instruction of Stacey Harris. 

ART CIRCLE is a program in which children will learn various techniques of art, and get to use many different mediums with our fabulous art instructor. Dedicated Friendship Circle volunteers will be on hand to assist and bond with the children.



Friendship Circle Tuesdays: 

Session 1:  Swimming Circle - October 5 - December 14 (11 Tuesdays)

Session 2: Equestrian Circle - January 4 - March 8 (10 Tuesdays)

Session 3: Soccer Circle - March 15 - May 24 (11 Tuesdays)


Swimming Circle is a program in which children will receive 30 minutes of instructional swimming and 30 minutes of free play. Participants will learn different techniques according to their skill level and classes will be adapted for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers. Dedicated Friendship Circle volunteers will be on hand to assist and bond with the children. Space is limited and enrollment is first come first served. Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30PM.

Equestrian Circle is a program in which children will participate in 30 minutes of instructed ride time and 30 minutes of grooming. Whispering Manes offers children with special needs the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Committed Friendship Circle volunteers will be on hand to assist and bond with the children. Space is limited and enrollment is first come first served. Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30PM.

Soccer Circle is a program in which children will participate in a developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes the growth and development of each player at their own pace, while having fun! Some activities include exercises like moving with pace, changing directions and lateral agility. Dedicated Friendship Circle volunteers will be on hand to assist and bond with the children. Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30PM.

 

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE BAND is a program in which children will be exposed to the guitar, keyboard and drums as they learn to play their favorite tunes with our gifted music instructors from Mind and Melody. Each child will have a wonderful experience playing all the instruments in class together with their dedicated volunteers. Band members will be performing at our Morning of Talent and our Annual Evening of Tribute.  Wednesdays, 4:30PM -5:30PM. Ages 6 and Up.

Friendship Circle Band for 2021-2022 runs from:

October 6 - May 25 (30 Wednesdays)  (No Class 11/24; 12/21; 12/29)

 

This program is offered at no charge courtesy of funding through Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust.

If your child is absent more than 3 times, we reserve the right to give your spot to another child.

(SPACE IS LIMITED)

LIFE SKILLS AROUND TOWN Teens and pre-teens will board the Friendship Circle bus and visit local venues to learn appropriate behavior at each location. Some of the locations include the supermarket, the post office and the library, among others. (Thursdays, 4:00PM – 6:00PM) Ages 11 and Up

Life Skills Around Town 2021-2022 runs from:

Session 1: October 7 - February 3 (13 Thursdays) (No class 11/4; 11/11; 11/25)

Session 2: February 10 - May 26 (14 Thursdays) (No class 3/17; 4/21 )

 

NO SCHOOL FUN DAYS  - Winter Camp/Summer Camp gives children with special needs the opportunity to enjoy their break from school for VETERANS DAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, and PRESIDENTS DAY. Together, with our dedicated teen volunteers and therapists, children will participate in exciting field trips, activities, sports, art, and so much more. 

 

2021-2022 IMPORTANT FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE DATES TO SAVE:

August 29, 2021 – Welcome Back BBQ

November 4, 2021 – Heart and Soul Gala

November 7, 2021 - Family Fun Day

November 11, 2021 - No School Fun Day - Veteran’s Day

November 18, 2021 - Mom’s Night Out

December 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2021 – Friendship Circle Winter Camp

January 17, 2022 – No School Fun Day – Martin Luther King Day

February 21, 2022 – No School Fun Day – Presidents Day

March 13, 2022 - Family Fun Day

March 24, 2022 – Mom’s Night Out

April 3, 2022 – Walking 4 Friendship

May 22, 2022 – Morning of Talent

May 25, 2022 - Evening of Tribute