INCLUSIVE RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

For more than 30 years, we have provided the community with vital Inclusive Recreational Programs and Services. Our approach is simple and straightforward: WE CONNECT PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE.

We work with every child, teen and adult with varying abilities to reach their fullest potential, both developmentally and interpersonally.

An individual assessment is required to determine an appropriate placement. All programs are open to the public.

Partial funding for provided by J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, North Shore Autism Circle, Sheldon A. Sinett B.A.S.I.C.S Fund and UJA-Federation of New York.

Staff

Our staff is comprised of experienced professionals in the fields of social work, special education, and psychology, who possess a combination of clinical and recreational skills. These highly-qualified individuals work with Long Island and Queens children, teens and adults with a variety of special needs, including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Resources

We provide families with access to a range of socialization, respite, and inclusion programs such as a summer day camp, a summer vocation program for teens and young adults, year-round social skills groups, and recreation programs. Screenings are required prior to registration for all programs.

Shooting Stars Basketball Clinic

Learn to dribble and shoot while working one-on-one with a typical peer buddy. Divided into two age groups, 14 sessions each.
Little Shooting Stars, ages 3-13 years (10:40-11:40am)
Big Shooting Stars, ages 14+ years (11:45am-12:45pm)
Both begin Sundays in November (Please check back for a precise start date)
$54 / members $36

Children's
Programs

We offer year-round social and recreational programs for children with special needs. All of our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low child-to-staff ratios. Programs are held at our East Hills campus with multiple gymnasiums, exercise studios, an indoor heated pool, auditorium, sensory classrooms, indoor playground, and spacious program lounges.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Ages: 3-13 years

KEHILLA KIDS MINI-CAMP
Enjoy camp all year with swimming, adaptive sports, cooking projects, arts & crafts, snack time and more.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
2:30-5:30pm
$450 / members $350

LITTLE BOOSTERS!
A structured socialization program including adaptive sports, sensory integration, social skills activities, cooking and music.
12 sessions
Begins Sunday, October 15
12:00-4:00pm
$400/ members $300

LITTLE SHOOTING STARS BASKETBALL CLINIC
Learn to dribble and shoot while working one-on-one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Begins in November (call or check back for the precise start date)
10:40-11:40am
$54 / members $36


LIL’ SNAPPERS SWIM TEAM FALL TRAINING
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive and supportive environment while preparing for the Spring Special Olympics. New SNAP participants must complete three private lessons, or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
1:30-2:30pm
$475 / members $375

SNAP AQUATICS PROGRAM (SNAP)
Learn to swim in a safe supportive environment! The SNAP program is geared towards high functioning children with special needs. Experienced adaptive instructors and individual attention provide participants with the encouragement and support they need to succeed in the water.

Private Lessons (1 swimmer half hour)
$55 / members $35

10 sessions (1 swimmer half hour)
$500 / members $300


PERSONAL TRAINING
Group and individual fitness training for children with varying abilities is available. Contact the Fitness Welcome Desk for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 139.
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VACATION PROGRAMS
Ages: 4+ years
No school, no problem! Spend your vacation swimming, cooking, playing sports, creating crafts and more.
> Monday, October 9
> Friday, November 10
> Friday, November 24
> Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 29
> Monday, January 15
10:00am-4:00pm
$85 / members $75 per day

 

Teen + Young
Adult Programs

We offer year-round social, recreational, and vocational programs for teens and young adults with special needs. All of our programs are facilitated by educators and social workers with low participant-to-staff ratios. Programs are held at our East Hills campus with multiple gymnasiums, exercise studios, an indoor heated pool, auditorium and spacious teen and adult lounges.

TEEN & YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS
Ages: 14+ years (unless otherwise noted)

TEEN TRAVELERS
Enjoy monthly community trips to bowling, laser tag, movies and more! Space is limited.
8 sessions
Begins in October (call or check back for the precise start date)
11:00am-4:00pm
$500 / members $400

ADULT ADVENTURES
Ages: 18+
Enjoy monthly community trips to restaurants, ball games, theme parks, special events and more. Space is limited!
8 sessions
Begins in October (call or check back for the precise start date)
Sundays, 11:00am-4:00pm
$500 / members $400

THURSDAY NIGHT SOCIAL CLUB
Ages: 18+ years
New friends, theme nights, monthly community trips, group games and more. Trip fees included.
12 sessions
Begins Thursday, October 19
7:00-9:00pm
$400 / members $300

SATURDAY NIGHT LOUNGE
Socialize with friends and make new ones! Participate in games, open gym, karaoke night, special events, dances, theme nights, movie nights and more.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
6:45-8:45pm
$200 / members $100
Or, pay-as-you-go for $15 per session

Sunday RAVE Program
A recreation and socialization program designed for those at a moderate functioning level. Sports, music, art, sensory, cooking, social skills programming and more.
12 sessions
Begins Sunday, October 15
1:00-5:00pm
$450 / members $350

KEHILLA YOUNG ADULTS
Enjoy three classes per semester by selecting one activity from A, B and C.
A.) Recreational Swimming or Yoga
B.) Baking 101
C.) Cartooning or Brain Games
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
2:30-5:30pm
$450 / members $350

PERSONAL MONEY MANAGEMENT (NEW!)
Ages: 18+ years
A practical series of workshops aimed at teaching personal finance. Learn tips and tricks on how to budget your money wisely to meet financial goals.
6 sessions
Begins Tuesday, October 17
(call or check back for the confirmed time) 
$80 / members $60 

ADULT COOKING CLUB
Ages: 18+ years
Learn new recipes while cooking with friends and enjoying trips to new restaurants.
12 sessions
Begins Wednesday, October 18
7:00-9:00pm
$150 / members $100


GET FIT!
Increase coordination, balance and movement while enjoying a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
5:30-6:30pm
$375 / members $275
Or, pay-as-you-go for $30 per session

SNAPPERS SWIM TEAM FALL TRAINING
Ages: 14+ years
Practice strokes, increase endurance and build self-esteem in a positive and supportive environment while preparing for the Spring Special Olympics. New SNAP participants must complete three private lessons, or a swim safety test to determine eligibility.
14 sessions
Begins Saturday, October 14
1:30-2:30pm
$475 / members $375

BIG SHOOTING STARS BASKETBALL CLINIC
Learn to dribble and shoot while working one-on-one with a typical peer buddy.
14 sessions
Begins in November (call or check back for the precise start date)
Sundays, 11:45am-12:45pm
$54 / members $36

STRIKE! BOWLING LEAGUE
Join your friends each month at Garden City Bowl. Games, shoes and snacks are provided.
8 sessions
Meets the first Tuesday of every month beginnig Tuesday, November 14
7:00-9:00pm
$300 / members $200

PERSONAL TRAINING
Group and individual fitness training for teens & young adults with varying abilities is available. Contact the Fitness Welcome Desk for more information, 516-484-1545, ext. 139.

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VACATION PROGRAMS
Ages: 4+ years
No school, no problem! Spend your vacation swimming, cooking, playing sports, creating crafts and more.
> Monday, October 9
> Friday, November 10
> Friday, November 24
> Tuesday, December 26 to Friday, December 29
> Monday, January 15
10:00am-4:00pm
$85 / members $75 per day

 

OPWDD
Programs

NYS OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES (OPWDD) PROGRAMS

These programs offer individuals the opportunity to participate in socialization and recreational activities and build daily life skills. OPWDD funded programs require eligibility.

After-School Respite
Ages: 5 years–Adult
Monday–Friday, 3:15–5:15pm

Saturday Night Respite Program
Ages: 12 years–Adult
Saturdays, 6:00–9:00pm

Vocational
Training (VTEC)

Vocational Training and Employment Center (VTEC)

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In partnership with local businesses, our Vocational Training and Employment Center helps individuals on the autism spectrum or with other special needs make vital contributions to the American workforce through professional and personal development. VTEC provides hands-on job experience for young adults with special needs through internships and employment at local businesses. We foster strong community relationships, ensuring both parties get the support they need. VTEC benefits include:

  •    Vocational assessments
  •    Internship opportunities
  •    Job placement
  •    Ongoing support
  •    Relevant workshops
  •    Social opportunities

Partial funding for these programs is provided by:

  •   The Sheldon A. Sinett BASICS Fund of Sid Jacobson JCC
  •   Taft Foundation
  •   J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation
  •   UJA-Federation of New York

We would like to thank the following local businesses who have partnered with us to provide internships and jobs to our VTEC clients:

Camp
Kehilla



Looking for more information about our programs?

Pamela Zimmer, MS Ed., Director of Camp Kehilla + Special Needs Programs, 516-484-1545 ext. 148, pzimmer@sjjcc.org

Stacy Denison, Director of OPWDD Programs, 516-484-1545 ext. 178, sdenison@sjjcc.org

 

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