Friends Connect

friends connect

Friends Connect


Friends Connect is an activity based social club for high functioning tweens and teens in grades 6 - 12 with moderate developmental disabilities and moderate social challenges. The group provides participants with the opportunity to socialize, build friendships, explore the larger community and most importantly…have fun!  Friends Connect meets at the Underground Teen Center (2203 Central Ave.) to engage in activities such as arts and crafts, recreational and social games, cooking and more. Participants also go on exciting local field trips for activities like bowling, miniature golf, going out to eat or to the movies, and to the arcade.


Applications for Friends Connect are available in the ARPD office and online.  All applicants must fulfill program requirements to be considered for enrollment. There is a required teacher recommendation form and teen questionnaire that must accompany participant applications. New applicants and their parent/guardian will meet with ARPD staff prior to enrollment.  Returning applicants must complete an ARPD registration form only (please designate “Friends Connect” in the “Activity Title” box).  This program is for Alameda residents only. Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment.  Friends Connect has a limited number of spaces. Priority for enrollment is given to returning participants who have met attendance requirements in the previous session. Once the program is full, applicants will be added to a waiting list.  Applications for fall 2018 session are due by Tuesday, September 4, 2018. For more information, please call (510) 747-7529.


Grades 6-12




Sept. 9                   Teen Center                                          3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sept. 23                  Field Trip TBD                                       Time TBD

Oct. 7                     Teen Center                                          3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 28                   Teen Haunted House Field Trip              3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 4                    Teen Center                                          3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Nov. 18                   Field Trip TBD                                       Time TBD

Dec.  9                   Family Holiday Party (Teen Center)        3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Location: Underground Teen Center, Vet’s Bldg.

Fee: No registration fee. Participants will be responsible for cost of activities on field trips. 

Instructors: ARPD staff

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