Volunteering is something many of us do on a regular basis. It makes us feel better when we give something of ourselves to others. Children with disabilities in the area will now have an opportunity to experience the joy of making a difference in their communities too.
The Kennedy Center Youth Enrichment Services recently created G.I.V.E. (Growing in Volunteer Experiences), a new program for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 13 to 21. This program provides participants with the opportunity to socialize, develop new friendships and promote a sense of community through volunteering. The Kennedy Center will partner with other groups, universities and organizations to work on community building projects together.
G.I.V.E. will meet monthly on three Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. beginning on April 11 and continuing on May 9 and June 6. All participants will meet at The Kennedy Center Senior Options Program, 30 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull. A 1:3 staff to child ratio will be provided.
“This group was developed with the goal of giving children with disabilities the opportunity to give back to their communities, which is required for most if not all high school students,” said Francesca Logan, Youth Enrichment Services Coordinator at The Kennedy Center. "The many volunteers who work with our students tell us that the experience has helped them develop self and community awareness; self-gratification from working with others; and the opportunity for personal growth. We wanted to give the same, inclusive opportunity to our students."
If your child is not within the designated age range, but you are interested in this program, please contact Francesca Logan at 203-816-7392. Prior to registration, an intake interview is required if your child is not currently enrolled in a Kennedy Center program. Contact Francesca Logan or Wilma Harris at WilmaAHarris@gmail.com to schedule this appointment.
The cost for each session is $50 per person and children may sign up for one, two or all three sessions. Space is reserved on first-come, first-serve basis and participants should bring their own lunch.
The Kennedy Center offers the community the following services for children with disabilities, including: afterschool and summer supports for at-risk students with behavioral challenges, scholarships for families not eligible for state or insurance funding, behavioral supports, parent and family supports, and specialty arts and science programs.