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Teens Like Us, which began in the spring of 2014, is a program for special needs teens ages 12-17 that allows socialization among other special needs teens as well as neurotypical teens.
Every Saturday evening, the group meets at the Rockville JCC to have a fun night out. They cook, play games, and participate in various sports including swimming. The program also holds teen day trips during the summer, on holidays, and days off of school. Teens Like Us provides a place for special needs teens to learn to be social, communicate, and develop motor and life skills.
Jessica Harris (‘16) commented about joining the program, “I joined after finishing the SAT because I thought I should spend my time doing something productive. I wanted to spend time with kids who could potentially be bullied to be a good role model for them.”
“I thought that it would be a great way to volunteer in the community and also make new friends!” Miyah Powe (‘16) added,
This year’s program began in mid-September and is off to a running start.“I like the community and the teens who are a part of Teens Like Us." Harris remarked ('16). They are all very sweet and they have very big hearts. Everyone is encouraged to be themselves which creates a very open community.”
Powe (‘16) also said, “so far, I’ve enjoyed the activities that we’ve done and have also enjoyed getting to know the other teens.”
Teens Like Us provides a safe place for everyone to grow and develop. With a whole year of fun ahead, Harris (‘16) mentioned that she is looking forward to, “spending more time with the teens and bonding with them. (She) am also excited about learning new things about them every day and making them feel like they have friends that care about them.”
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about the program you can click this link:http://www.teenslikeusmd.com/