In this program, Bullis high school students are paired up individually with a teenager who has a disability. The club meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month for the entire school year. Volunteers meet at Tilden Middle School and participate in recreational games, while also going on outings throughout the greater DC area. KEEN Club presents volunteers the opportunity to form a unique friendship and serve as a companion to a teen with a disability.
When asked what inspired them to start the club, Epstein‘16 said, “We were inspired by The Friendship Circle, which is an organization designed to foster friendships between teen volunteers and children with special needs. We wanted to bring something similar to Bullis, and create the opportunity for our students to form one-on-one relationships with a teenager they would not otherwise have the chance to meet.”
Students and buddies alike are looking forward to the year ahead. With the first day under the belt, there are high hopes for the rest of the year.
When asked how it went, Carly ‘16said, “The first day was awesome! The first half of the day the KEEN directors talked with us about the disabilities our buddies have. Everyone learned a lot about how to act and become comfortable around their buddy, which is essential when trying to form a friendship.”